Signs of investor confidence have returned and the Dubai investment market continues to witness strong interest for high quality, well located, income producing assets. Two major transactions have already occurred in 2012, one of which was the sale of Building 6 in Gate Precinct, DIFC.
Occupier consolidation remains a key focus in the office sector and in line with global trends, portfolio optimisation has been noticeable in Dubai during the first quarter. Larger companies continue to show interest in upgrading premises with more flexibility in their leases.
The villa market has continued to outperform the apartment sector in 2012 and prime residential sale transactions are at levels higher than in Q1 2008.
Activity in the tourism and retail sectors continues to drive Dubai’s real estate market. Hotel occupancy levels are similar to those experienced in 2007 / 2008.