Abu Dhabi Property Market Demonstrates Resilient Growth, Continues to Attract Global Investors

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 29 April 2024: Bayut, the premier property portal in the UAE, has conducted a comprehensive analysis of market dynamics and pricing trends within Abu Dhabi’s sales and rental sectors for the first quarter of 2024. Several notable areas have witnessed a surge in sales prices, particularly in upscale neighbourhoods offering top-tier amenities and facilities, reflecting high demand in the market.

Trends for Buying Properties in Abu Dhabi

  • The areas of Al Reef and Al Ghadeer 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.
  • According to data from Bayut, sales prices for luxury apartments and villas in popular neighbourhoods have increased by up to 6% in the first quarter of 2024. Saadiyat Island has seen moderate price hikes, with luxury apartments experiencing a 3.64% surge and premium villas witnessing a 5.53% appreciation.
  • The sales price-per-square-foot for affordable apartments and villas has generally declined moderately by up to 4%. However, Al Ghadeer has recorded a price appreciation of 6.02% for apartments and 5.19% for budget-friendly villas during the first three months of 2024.
  • As per Abu Dhabi’s trusted digital real estate ecosystem DARI, there were over 4,674 residential property sales transactions valued at over AED 9.6B in Q1 2024 – a clear indication of the market’s strong performance and investors’ confidence in the city’s real estate sector. This includes 1,167 ready properties and 1,752 off-plan units.
  • The affordable apartments in Al Reef have been prominent investment options with high projected return on investment (ROI) of 8.30%. While Al Reem Island has maintained a strong 90% projected rental yield for investors interested in luxury apartments for sale in Abu Dhabi.
  • According to Bayut’s data analysis, Al Ghadeer has offered the highest ROI of 65% for affordable houses, while Yas Island had the highest ROI of 6.91% 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.

Trends for Renting Properties in Abu Dhabi

  • Khalifa City and Al Khalidiyah have been popular choices for affordable apartments, while Mohammed Bin Zayed City (MBZ 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 rental rates for apartments in highly sought-after luxury neighbourhoods have seen noticeable growth, up to 9%, primarily in Saadiyat Island and Al Raha Beach communities. Similarly, affordable apartment rentals witnessed price hikes of nearly 7% in certain areas like Al Muroor and Al Khalidiyah.
  • According to Bayut’s analysis, there has been a moderate increase of up to 5% 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% 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 15% for luxury homes, potentially due to strong demand in the market.

The data analysis for the first quarter of 2024 indicates a steady growth trajectory in Abu Dhabi’s real estate market. The rise in property prices, transaction volume and total transaction value reflects the market’s robust and consistent performance. These trends are anticipated to persist in the subsequent quarters, solidifying Abu Dhabi’s position as an attractive destination for real estate investments.

Commenting on the findings, Haider Ali Khan, CEO of Bayut and CEO of Dubizzle Group MENA, said:
“Abu Dhabi’s real estate market has carried the momentum of its strong 2023 performance into the first quarter of 2024. 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 market for investment. Looking to the future, with mega-projects projects such as Jubail Islands and Ramhan Islands coming to fruition, it’s fair to say that exciting times lie ahead for the capital’s thriving property sector.

At Bayut, we remain committed to the development of Abu Dhabi’s world-class real estate industry. To that end, we were immensely proud to recently sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi Real Estate Centre (ADREC), aimed at enhancing transparency and efficiency across the capital’s real estate sector. By providing innovative services and accessible, accurate data, we are dedicated to ensuring stakeholder trust and driving future growth of the market.”

Note to Editor: For an accurate representation of price changes, this report compares the average price-per-square-foot in an area to analyse sales trends for villas and apartments in Q4 2023 to those observed in Q1 2024. These prices are, however, subject to change based on the building, amenities, developer and other deciding factors. For the rental properties, the report compares the average cost for individual unit types between the two periods in popular Abu Dhabi neighbourhoods.

Disclaimer: The above report is based on prices advertised by real estate agencies on behalf of their clients on Bayut.com and is not representative of actual real estate transactions conducted in Abu Dhabi.


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