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The index trading at the highest levels since August 2015. Image Credit: Bloomberg

Dubai: Buoyed by a surge in real estate activity, the Dubai Financial Market has reached its highest point in nearly eight years and extended year-to-date gains to nearly 25 per cent.

The bourse peaked at 4,022 on Tuesday before pulling back to 3,986 on Thursday. It’s trading at the highest levels since August 2015. This year the Dubai Financial Market has outperformed the S&P 500, which is up nearly 20 per cent, and the MSCI All Country World Index, a benchmark for global equities, which is up 16 per cent.

Dubai, a global business hub home to 3.5 million people, weathered the pandemic while keeping its vital tourism industry afloat.

Shares of Emaar Properties and Emaar Development led the recent gains following a four-day break for the Eid Al Adha holiday at the end of last month. The developers are behind dozens of high-rise buildings, including the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.

The real estate sector makes up more than a third of Dubai’s consumer price index and some 10 per cent of its gross domestic product.