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Top Dubai locations- rents still falling

Despite conflicting claims on whether or not Dubai’s property market is bottoming out, several real estate experts could agree on one thing: rents are still favourable to a large part of the tenant community. During the first half of 2016, overall residential rents in Dubai were estimated to have dropped by 4 per cent to 6 per cent.

A number of residential locations, including the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Discovery Gardens and International City continued to post declines, with gross apartment rents dropping by an average of 5.7 per cent in June compared to a year earlier.

A similar trend is reflected on the latest figures released by the REIDIN general index for rents, which showed that average lease rates slipped 4 per cent during the same period. Property portal Bayut.com put down the rental decline for the same period at 6 per cent, with average rent for 1-bed and two-bed apartments dropping to Dh99,000 and Dh150,000, respectively.

Real estate agencies, companies and brokers use different methodologies and data sets when analyzing market trends, so estimated price changes can vary from one source to another, but a general trend should be easy to spot.

According to Jesse Downs, managing director at Phidar Advisory, soft demanding owing to fewer employment opportunities, has helped keep a damper on rents, especially for larger, more expensive apartments. The trend is expected to continue for another 12 months, or until more jobs are created. Phidar’s data showed that rents in premium quality units dropped by 7.8 per cent in the last year and 1.9 per cent in the last month. Villa rents dropped 10.8 per cent year-on-year and 0.8 per cent month-on-month.

The latest data from REIDIN still suggest that rents have remained “largely unchanged” and that the market is currently at a cyclical trough. It expects market recovery to be delayed partly due to Brexit fears.



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