18 September 2023, Khaleej Times
New project launches in Dubai are going strong as developers are increasingly looking to tap new buyers – both residents and foreigners. These new launches are coming up not just from the local property developers but also international developers foraying into the local market as Dubai strengthens its position as a mature and stable market with steady and high returns.
Investors are snapping up the newly launched units as off-plan sales, according to Property Monitor, reached the highest market share since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. The total volume of sales transactions also increased 8.1 per cent month-on-month, reaching a total of 12,134 sales and marking the highest volume ever for the month of August.
There have been 85,060 sales transactions recorded to date, a 41.9 per cent increase over the same period last year and a 125.4 per cent increase of that for 2021. Average monthly transaction volumes for 2023 are far exceeding any previously recorded figures, setting the market on track to outperform the highest-ever annual sales record established in 2009. All these strong figures are encouraging developers to launch new projects as demand for the foreseeable future looks promising and most of the developers are successfully selling out their projects within months. In fact, some developers claim to have sold around 30 per cent of their units even before the launch of the project.
It’s not just individual developers that are cashing in on the bonanza but big developers have also announced new mega-developments in the past few quarters as the short to medium-term outlook for the local real estate market looks pretty strong.
Industry players project that the Palm Jumeirah itself will see projects worth billions of dirhams to be launched. Among other major developers, the UAE’s largest developer Emaar Properties launched a massive $20 billion The Oasis by Emaar in June.
The Oasis covers a total land area of more than 100 million square feet. It will house over 7,000 residential units focusing on large mansions and villas with spacious plots, providing residents with views of water canals, lakes, and parks.
Danube Properties alone has launched its fifth project so far this year with the latest Oceanz going on sale now after successfully selling the previous projects. Oceanz is the largest project launched by the developer to date. Interestingly, it has launched 10 projects in the last 19 months alone.
Another private firm Samana Developers has launched a number of projects and has a target to launch 12 projects by the end of 2023.