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Dubai’s property market eats dust, again

Dubai’s property market eats dust, again

Property prices in the troubled emirate fell a staggering 47 percent from a year earlier, making it the world's worst performing market for the second quarter in a row, according to a study by Knight Frank.

December 10, 2009 10:28 by

Residential property prices in Dubai fell 47 percent from the third quarter of 2008, making the emirate’s market the worst performing out of the 43 locations surveyed by UK-based property agent Knight Frank in its latest quarterly price index. However, in spite of the dramatic annual drop in property prices in Dubai, the study shows the emirate’s real estate values rose by 1.2 percent in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the previous quarter.

“Prices in Dubai have fallen the most despite the small recovery in the third quarter,” said Liam Bailey, head of residential research at Knight Frank. “The recent debt issues with Dubai World and the subsequent loss of confidence by investors means even this nascent rally is already under threat.”

The emirate’s property market was also singled out in Knight Frank’s second quarter index for being the world’s worst performing market with an annual drop of 47 percent. Dubai also saw the second biggest quarterly drop in prices, 7.5 percent.

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  1. George Ittyarah on December 13, 2009 10:25 pm

    Dubai’s real estate is now not only eating dust alone but drinking juicy mud water also. Sight of empty labour camps due to delayed or cancelled projects is really an eye opener. Thanks

  2. Brenda on December 14, 2009 9:54 am

    Dubai’s property market has taken a beating for sure, that’s becaue it grew so fast. However it’s sure to bounce back sooner rather than later. The market grew 9 per cent the last quarter alone, so there’s hope. It’s not like Dubai was the only market to suffer, look around, the recession has hit everyone equally hard.


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