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The past year also saw 80,216 investors registering 115,183 new real estate investments valued at Dh264.15 billion. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Dubai's annual real estate transactions crossed the milestone of half a trillion dirhams for the first time in 2022. Maintaining its exponential growth trajectory, the sector witnessed transactions worth a record Dh528 billion in 2022, a 76.5 per cent increase from 2021.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, said: "The exceptional performance of the real estate sector reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai one of the world’s top three cities.

“The results also support the goal of the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 to double the size of Dubai's economy by 2033. The sector is a key pillar of Dubai's strategy for sustainable development and a vital driver of its 2040 Urban Master Plan.”

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A total of 122,658 real estate transactions were registered in the emirate in 2022, an increase of 44.7 per cent from 2021. The past year also saw 80,216 investors registering 115,183 new real estate investments valued at Dh264.15 billion, an annual growth of 59.5 per cent in volume and 78.4 per cent in value. The number of investors in 2022 grew 53 per cent compared to 2021.

The real estate sector’s growth signifies Dubai’s rising stature as the ‘city of the future’ and a major gateway to tap vast opportunities in some of the world’s fastest-growing emerging markets. In addition, Dubai’s state-of-the-art logistics services, business-friendly environment, ability to attract talent and foster innovation, high levels of ease of doing business and exceptional safety and stability have made it a pivotal global trade and investment hub.

The Dubai economy continues to witness strong growth despite the challenging global economic situation. In the first nine months of 2022, the emirate’s GDP grew 4.6 per cent year-on-year to reach Dh307.5 billion. The recently launched Dubai Economic Agenda D33 features total economic targets of Dh32 trillion over the next 10 years.

Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department, said: "The emirate's real estate sector has demonstrated its ability to sustain its rapid growth and enhance its attractiveness as an investment magnet. Driven by close cooperation between public and private stakeholders, the sector is set to achieve even greater growth in the future."

"Early in 2023, we announced our Strategic Plan 2026, which charts a roadmap for establishing Dubai as one of the world's best real estate markets by ensuring effective governance, promoting innovation, harnessing the latest technologies to develop new real estate solutions and creating a data-driven sector that promotes investment confidence.”