Swift regulatory changes supported UAE’s real-estate markets in 2020


Regulatory changes at both the federal and local levels bolstered UAE’s real-estate markets in 2020, said Knight Frank in a report on Sunday. “Despite being presented with an unprecedented set of challenges in 2020, real estate markets across the UAE have proved to be remarkably resilient,” said Taimur Khan, Associate Partner at Knight Frank Middle East “The easing of a number of geopolitical issues over the course of 2020 will also further strengthen market fundamentals,” said Khan.

Residential sales prices in Abu Dhabi fell on average by 2 per cent in 2020, down from 7.5 per cent a year earlier. While average apartment prices fall by 3 per cent, average prices for villas have increased by 2 per cent, the first annual increase in prices since 2014. Residential rents in Abu Dhabi continued to soften in 2020, with average rents decreasing by 4.3 per cent. Over this period, average apartment and villa rents fell by 4.6 per cent and 2.6 per cent respectively.—Gulf News