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Abu Dhabi real estate: Al Ghadeer, Al Reef register strong performance

Data from Bayut revealed that sales prices for luxury apartments and villas in popular neighbourhoods of Abu Dhabi have increased by up to six per cent in Q1 2024

Abu Dhabi real estate: Al Ghadeer, Al Reef register strong performance

Abu Dhabi’s property market recorded resilient growth in the first quarter as the UAE’s capital city continues to attract global investors amid a surge in sales prices, particularly in upscale neighbourhoods.

Data from Bayut, a leading property portal in the UAE, shows that sales prices for luxury apartments and villas in popular neighbourhoods have increased by up to six per cent in the first quarter of 2024. Saadiyat Island has seen moderate price hikes, with luxury apartments experiencing a 3.64 per cent surge and premium villas witnessing a 5.53 per cent appreciation.

The data derived from a comprehensive analysis for the first quarter revealed that sales price-per-square-foot for affordable apartments and villas has generally declined moderately by up to 4.0 per cent. However, Al Ghadeer recorded a price appreciation of 6.02 per cent for apartments and 5.19 per cent for budget-friendly villas during the first three months of 2024.

Al Reef and Al Ghadeer areas have emerged as the top choices for those seeking affordable apartments. For luxury apartment purchases in Q1 2024, high searches have been recorded for units in Al Reem Island and Al Raha Beach. For villas, buyers on a budget have focused their interests in Al Reef and Khalifa City, whereas Yas Island and Saadiyat Island have been the preferred choices for luxury buy-to-let villas in Abu Dhabi, Bayut data revealed

The affordable apartments in Al Reef have been prominent investment options with a high projected return on investment (ROI) of 8.30 per cent. Al Reem Island has maintained a strong 6.9 per cent projected rental yield for investors interested in luxury apartments for sale in Abu Dhabi.

Al Ghadeer has offered the highest ROI of 7.65 per cent for affordable houses, while Yas Island had the highest ROI of 6.91 per cent for luxury villas.

Royal Park and Bloom Living have emerged as the top choices for affordable off-plan apartments in Abu Dhabi. Luxury property buyers were interested in island community developments like Yas Beach Residences and Saadiyat Cultural District. Bayut search trends analysis also revealed top villa projects among off-plan property buyers. Fay Al Reeman 2 was a popular choice for affordable off-plan purchases. Yas Acres and Murjan Al Saadiyat, which feature luxury off-plan villas, were buyer favourites.

Khalifa City and Al Khalidiyah have been popular choices for affordable apartments, while Mohammed Bin Zayed City and Khalifa City were top picks for affordable villas in the rental segment. In the luxury categories, Al Reem Island and Al Raha Beach have emerged as the favourite locations for apartments, while Al Raha Gardens and Yas Island have been the top choices for high-end villas.

The study shows that rental rates for apartments in highly sought-after luxury neighbourhoods have seen noticeable growth, up to 9.0 per cent, primarily in Saadiyat Island and Al Raha Beach communities. Similarly, affordable apartment rentals witnessed price hikes of nearly 7.0 per cent in certain areas like Al Muroor and Al Khalidiyah.

There has been a moderate increase of up to 5.0 per cent per cent in the rental rates of affordable villas. One exception is the neighbourhood of Madinat Al Riyadh, which recorded an uptick of 12.9 per cent in rents, where landlords have listed properties at higher price points. Conversely, high-end villas have seen a minor to moderate rental price surge. Al Bateen, in particular, experienced a considerable surge of 8.15 per cent for luxury homes, potentially due to strong demand in the market.

Haider Ali Khan, CEO of Bayut and CEO of Dubizzle Group Mena, adds, “When we look at the current market trends, it’s quite clear that there is increasing confidence among both local and international HNWIs that Abu Dhabi real estate is abundant with opportunity and is a prime investment market.”