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Dubai rents to fall

New report says increase in supply will lead to continuing falls in rent.

May 31, 2010 3:44 by

A fresh report from CB Richard Ellis says that rents in Dubai are set to fall further this year thanks to an increase in supply, while vacancy rates in Abu Dhabi offices are set to climb to as much as 10 percent next year.

The report expects more than 31,000 new homes to come onto the market this year, 29,000 in 2011 and just under 22,000 in 2012, according to

“Increased supply from the residential sector will see a further drop in lease rates. However, the effect would be higher on villas than apartments,” says the report. However, this contrasts to an earlier report from Colliers, which estimated earlier this month that 41,000 homes will be added to the market this year.

Either way, it seems that prices are set to fall further.

“Whether the market has reached the bottom already or is gearing towards stability is yet to be seen,” CBRE said

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  1. FrequentDubaiFlyer... on June 1, 2010 10:21 am

    Seems to me that the bottom hasn’t been reached yet. Because with more homes, more towers still being built, you would need to have much more people willing to move in to Dubai (and people with purchasing power).

    Is the job market following?

  2. Miss Anne Thropic on June 1, 2010 11:44 am

    The job market has picked up but not nearly enough to fill all the empty flats.

  3. Raju on June 7, 2010 7:41 am

    It looks like an economy / a country where real people live. All the fairy tales and wonderlands are not for real people. People have to work for at least for 8 hours a day and relax / enjoy 2-3 hours a day. But what we saw was a scenario where people planned to work 2 hours and enjoy 10 – 12 hours a day…. Is it sustainable…? World needs real people to creat wealth not only goblers of created wealth…. It is now time to creat wealth as the goblers have already skimmed the cream and have flown off……
    Good days will come when all work at lease for a few hours…. and when accountability returns to real life…..


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