Invest In UAE


Buying real estate is not only about finding a place to call home. Investing in real estate (property) has become increasingly popular over the last 50 years and has become a common investment method. It can include residential, offices, shops, industrial, warehouse and leisure sector property investments. Many investment portfolios contain a mix of these to spread risk, because different sectors will perform differently over a period of time. Although the real estate market has plenty of opportunities for making big gains, buying and owning real estate is a lot more complicated than investing in stocks and bonds. So, how much money do you need to become a Real Estate Investor ? Well, in his book "The Intelligent Real Estate Investor" Fahd Dawood of Keller Williams Real Estate states :- "You can build up a property portfolio in UAE with AED 500,000 or less ( US $150,000 and approximately GBP 105,000 for UK investors ).


UAE started allowing foreigners to buy property in 1999 on 99 year leases but then in May 2002, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of UAE, issued a decree allowing foreigners to buy property in freehold areas in perpetuity. The decree sparked the property boom in UAE's residential market. However, lawyers say different areas tend to offer different types of ownership with some such as UAE Investments Park tending to offer 99-year leases while others such as UAE Marina offer true freehold. The UAE system offers freehold to owners of all nationalities - meaning that as well as owning the building in perpetuity, owners also have rights over the land it is built on. However, for high-rise and multiple occupancy buildings what this means in practise has yet to be fully defined. During 2016 the biggest investors in UAE property market were UAE nationals followed by Indians in the first six months of 2016, according to UAE Land Department (DLD). The DLD statement said that 149 foreign nationalities invested over Dh28bn through 14,314 deals. After Indians, British citizens purchased property worth Dh4bn through 2,010 transactions followed by Pakistanis with Dh3bn (2,073 transactions).


Several recent surveys have shown the last few years yielded good returns on investment for commercial real estate developers in UAE. One of the main reasons this industry remains among the strongest is the development of other sectors such as retail, office and industrial ones. The residential real estate industry is also stable in terms of purchases and rentals. For investors, the income from real estate is usually a stable one, as rentals provide an 8 to 10% return on the investment in UAE. Also, the UAE real estate market is open in comparison to other international markets and provides a variety of opportunities in terms of investment. In special cases, such as applying for a loan, real estate can also be a good collateral.

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