Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Dubai's Property Prices to increase by 20-25% in 2008

Dubai: Property prices have quadrupled in Gulf Arab countries due to surging demand for housing and office space created by economic growth and windfall revenues from a 5-fold increase in oil prices since 2002. Dubai, the Gulf commercial hub, has already set an annual rent cap of 5% for 2008, tighter than last year's 7% cap and the 15% ceiling of 2006.

Jones Lang LaSalle expects a supply surplus in Dubai between 2010 and 2012. This adjusts the global real estate investor's previous forecast that supply would surpass demand between 2007 and 2009.

Real estate prices and rents in the Gulf Arab region, especially Dubai are most likely to rise by up to 20% in 2008, due to higher labor and construction costs and delivery delays, says market analyst, Jones Lang LaSalle.

Blair Hagkull, Regional Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle in Dubai, said, "With the delays in delivery, the specter of huge supply continues to be delayed and you see greater demand... there will also be an increase in labor and construction costs and land prices".

Of 57,000 residential units expected in Dubai in 2007, less than 20% were delivered by September, Cairo-based investment bank EFG-Hermes said in a report that month. It said then it expected a rise of 5-10% in property prices in 2008.