India emerges as the top investor in UAE real estate sector

The relationship between India and UAE has further strengthened as Indians have become the top foreign property investors in the country. They have pumped over USD 3.2 billion into various projects last year, reveal the figures of Dubai Land Department.

India has become the top foreign property investor in UAE.
India has become the top foreign property investor in UAE. Photo courtesy: home caprice

Altogether, AED 91 billion (USD 24.7 billion) was invested in the real estate market of UAE by 55,928 investors. Out of this, 6,263 Indians invested AED 12 billion (USD 3.2 billion), which was the highest in terms of both volume and value.

Even the Dubai government is excited about the new phenomenon and is organising the 13th edition of International Property Show which will be held from April 2 to 4. This edition is expected to be the biggest in history as over 200 exhibitors from 50 countries are participating.

Speaking about the rising interests of Indians in Dubai property market, Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions and organiser of the International Property Show, said, “The UAE's safe haven status, stable economic growth and bottomed out prices have been the key factors for attracting Indian realty investments in Dubai. In addition, many Indians find Dubai as their base for business between India and the wider Europe and Middle East.

International Property Show will be organised in Dubai from April 2 to 4.
International Property Show will be organised in Dubai from April 2 to 4. Photo courtesy: dubaipropertyinfo

He added, “Dubai is increasingly becoming a favourite destination with Indians for a number of reasons, including high capital gains, great return on investment, tax-free environment, proximity to India, and transparent deals amongst many others. The profits on properties in Dubai in the form of rents and resale are high.”

In Dubai retail market, Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) member states contributed AED 35 billion (USD 9.5 billion) from 12,768 investors while British investments amounted to AED 5.8 billion (USD 1.5 billion) from 3,372 investors.

GCC member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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