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Dhs 37.5 billion invested in Dubai Real Estate Market in 2014

Dubai Land Department (DLD) has reported that total of 17,289 real estate transactions worth Dhs 37.5bn were conducted in the first half of this year. The government organisation accompanied their announcement with a breakdown of nationalities making property investments in the first six months of 2014, which revealed that Jordanians topped the list of Arab investors, with Indian nationals ranked first for foreigner investment.

“To say that we are delighted with the real investment transaction figures from January 1st to July 1st would be an understatement,” said Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, Director General of DLD.

“We are extremely proud of these positive results, as they reflect a building momentum in Dubai’s real estate market which has now reasserted itself on both the regional and global stage. We are certain that the future will see even more demand, especially in light of the government’s declaration of forthcoming major projects,” he added.

DLD’s report, issued by its Research and Real Estate Studies Department, revealed that Arab Investors completed a total of 3,058 transactions worth Dhs6,905bn in the first half of this year. Jordanians made 640 transactions to the value of Dhs1,347bn, with Lebanese nationals second on the list of Arab investors through their creation of 459 real estate deals worth a total of Dhs1.235bn. Egyptians came in at third place after being involved in transactions worth Dhs1,009bn. Arab investors from Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Palestine and Algeria also made significant real estate transactions in the first six months of 2014, with investments below the level of Dhs1bn for each of these nationalities.

DLD’s list included the amount of real estate transactions conducted by foreign nationals, with investors from India, Pakistan, Britain, Canada, Russia, China, USA, France and Afghanistan involved in 14,231 property deals worth a total of Dhs30.533bn for the first half of 2014. Nationals from India were ranked first for foreign investment, making a total of 4,417 transactions worth Dhs10,523bn. British investors were in second place with 2,258 transactions worth Dhs5,811bn, followed by Pakistani investors with 3,064 transactions worth Dhs 4.5bn.

Iranian and Canadian investors came in at fourth and fifth place, with transactions worth Dhs2.7bn and Dhs1.9bn respectively. Citizens from Russia, United States and China occupied sixth, seventh and eighth places, creating more than Dhs1bn worth of property invested in each category of national.

Dubai needs 30,000 new homes by 2018 to maintain rent stability

Dubai needs to build an additional 30,000 residential units through to 2018 to maintain rent stability in the emirate, a new report claimed on Monday

Phidar Advisory said in a research note that residential sales prices and rents were still on the rise in Dubai during the second quarter of this year, but the rate of growth slowed dramatically for both sale prices and lease rates.

Based on transaction data from the first six weeks of Q3, the report also said that nominal prices for single family homes declined four percent and apartments declined 0.6 percent.

“This has led to yield compression but the report also states that as many as 30,000 additional units are needed through 2018 to maintain rent stability,” the report said, adding that the figure is based on Phidar’s monitoring of announced, launched, stalled and ongoing projects.

Phidar said its House Price Index reflects real prices adjusted in representative projects across Dubai that have been completed since 2009.

Its report said residential development opportunities are still ample in Dubai, but added that the market would benefit “exponentially” from developer specialisation, particularly in the most under-supplied assets.

It said middle income housing could be a tangible and powerful catalyst, with Phidar research indicating that another 15,000 units could be reactivated from stalled projects.

Phidar said that in the short term, Dubai’s property sector is likely to display volatility which could lead to a price correction, following a two-year period of “exuberant investor sentiment”.

The report also suggests that long term capital appreciation due to strong demographics is a foreseeable scenario but the current supply trends and affordability constraints will pose challenges to sustained long term growth.

Last month, Knight Frank said in a report that annual growth in prime property prices in Dubai almost halved in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter.

Prime prices rose by 6.3 percent in the year to June, down from 11.7 percent in the last quarter, its Prime Global Cities Index for Q2 showed.

Dubai was ranked the 13th best performing real estate market tracked by the property consultancy, a sharp fall from previous quarters when the emirate has featured in the top two positions.

Knight Frank said moves to introduce a mortgage cap and double transfer fees at the end of 2013 has “influenced buyer activity more than forecast”.

Phidar Advisory is a recently established advisory firm specialising in real estate in the UAE and led by Jesse Downs, a former senior executive at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Lincoln Park on Umm Suqeim Road, launched by DAMAC Properties

DAMAC Properties Launches Luxury Living in Dubai Starting from AED 449,000

DAMAC Properties has launched its latest serviced apartments on Umm Suqeim Road, providing its luxury living concept in the centre of Dubai for units starting from AED 449,000.

Lincoln Park, on Umm Suqeim Road, which will be completed by the end of this year, is near the recently opened Miracle Garden and is just ten minutes drive from the Mall of the Emirates and Sheikh Zayed Road. The project offers a luxurious family living environment within easy access of both sides of Dubai.

“Lincoln Park comes complete with a gymnasium, swimming pool, restaurants & retail outlets and offers all the conveniences of a serviced apartment at an unbeatable price,” said Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director, DAMAC Properties. “The Umm Suqeim Road area is set for major development and growth in the coming years and this is a great opportunity to invest in Dubai real estate before prices inevitably rise.”

Lincoln Park comprises one, two and three bedroom units, inspired by Chicago-style architecture, with a well articulated and ornamented front entrance, flat roofs with parapet walls and beautifully designed roof terraces.

Interested clients can call the DAMAC Properties call centre on 04 301 9999 or visit the DAMAC Properties office at Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina or Park Towers at DIFC.

DAMAC Properties recently announced it was on target to complete 3,328 units throughout the region by the end of 2013.

Lincoln Park is the fourth launch by DAMAC Properties this year alone, following the announcement of DAMAC Residenze in Dubai Marina, DAMAC Esclusiva in Riydah, KSA, both of which are being developed with interiors by Italian fashion-house FENDI, and DAMAC Towers by Paramount – a hotel and luxury serviced residences in the heart of the Burj Area.

DAMAC Properties has completed 37 buildings to date with 7,817 units and spanning 13,945,299.00 sq feet. DAMAC Properties also has a further 66 buildings at various stages of progress across the Middle East and North Africa region. These consist of 12,100 units.

A look at how DAMAC Towers by paramount will look when completed in 2015

‘DAMAC Towers by Paramount’ Brings Hollywood Glamour to Middle East Living and Hospitality

From ‘The Godfather’, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and ‘Titanic’, Paramount Pictures has become synonymous with entertainment and above all creativity, and today the brand stands for more – adventure and escape. Now, in its 101st year, the global launch of ‘DAMAC Towers by Paramount’ in Dubai marks the company’s first venture into the hotel and real estate industry.

DAMAC's Ziad El Chaar with Thomas van Vliet, Chief Executive Officer from Paramount Hospitality afte ...

DAMAC’s Ziad El Chaar with Thomas van Vliet, Chief Executive Officer from Paramount Hospitality after the announcement this morning at ITB in Berlin

In an exclusive partnership with DAMAC Properties, the leading luxury private developer in the Middle East, and Paramount Hotel & Resorts (PHR-FZ-LLC), the official licensee of Paramount, ‘DAMAC Towers by Paramount’, will comprise a 540 key Paramount Hotel & Residences and more than 1,400 units of DAMAC Maison – Paramount co-branded serviced hotel residences located in the heart of the downtown Burj Khalifa area in Dubai, a new tourism hotspot.

The US$ 1 billion ‘DAMAC Towers by Paramount’ is currently under construction, and once completed by the end of 2015, will provide enviable views of the world tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa and provide easy access to one of the world’s largest shopping malls, The Dubai Mall. This area welcomed more than 65 million visitors in 2012, an increase of over 20 percent compared to 2011. The number is more than the amount of annual tourists to New York City (52 million).

Speaking at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, in order to launch the project to the global travel market, DAMAC Properties Managing Director, Ziad El Chaar, said: “The history, glamour and tradition of the movies indirectly transcend every element of the design and ethos of this aspirational project. We will employ the same, tried and tested production process, pioneered by Paramount Pictures at the studio, to direct, design and detail a world-class experience. The Paramount brand stands for more than exceptional film and entertainment: it’s an inviting lifestyle.”

The four towers which make up ‘DAMAC Towers by Paramount’ are brought together with a multi level plaza, offering an eclectic selection of themed food & beverage concepts, meeting & events facilities, a screening room, wellness & fitness centres, swimming pools, kids club, retail, and merchandise all featuring the Paramount brand or select partner brands. Each tower stretches over 250 metres into the air.

One tower will comprise of the Paramount Hotel & Residences with the remaining three towers, housing the DAMAC Maison – Paramount co-branded serviced Hotel Residences.

“Most people know the famous Paramount Pictures logo, with the mountain and 22 stars, and they also watched many of the iconic movies the studio produced. The hotels, resorts and residences produced by PHR FZ-LLC will be developed using the creative process honed over Paramount’s 100 year history. Warm service, design, entertainment, food, beverage and spa concepts will combine magically to mark a new chapter for the brand and to set a rare standard in luxury hospitality,” said Thomas van Vliet, Chief Executive Officer, PHR FZ-LLC.

The serviced Hotel residences will feature fully-fitted kitchens and services that also include valet parking, concierge, housekeeping, in-room beauty treatments, a child minding service and kids club. In addition owners can elect to add their residence in the ‘rental pool’ whilst they are away, allowing for rental returns to be generated.

DAMAC Properties has completed 37 buildings to date with 7,817 units and has a further 66 buildings at various stages of progress across the Middle East and North Africa region. These consist of 12,100 units.

Paramount Hotels & Resorts is a lifestyle hospitality company that celebrates the power of creativity in all its forms – entertainment, design, service, cuisine, wellness, and technology – to meet the needs of the new creative spirits of discerning luxury travellers.

Further information is available at www.damacproperties.com or by visiting the Paramount Hotels & Resorts stand at ITB Berlin from 6-10 March 2013 at Hall Nine, Stand 317.

Finding the Ideal Property: Dubai Buyers’ Guide To Property

Skyscrapers with multiple swimming pools. Lavish designer high-rises. Contemporary sprawling villas. Properties in Dubai are nothing short of exquisite when it comes to architecture, amenities, and overall design. It’s no wonder then that many expats choose to call this thriving spot in the United Arab Emirates their future home. If you have plans of moving to this affluent emirate, discover the many types of residential property Dubai builders are developing these days, and find your ideal home.

If you live alone and have no immediate plans of starting a family, Dubai’s many luxurious hotel-style residences are quickly becoming the number one choice. This is especially recommended for individuals with busy schedules and a discerning lifestyle that demands five-star service.

When price isn’t a concern, there are a host of opportunities for both investment and a place to call home. You can find everything from four-bedroom penthouses, to studios. Your decision will depend on whether one serviced luxury hotel has more amenities (e.g., Jacuzzi, luxury spa, modern gymnasium, etc.) than the other residential hotel. Also, consider the views available from your suite. After all, why live in a serviced residential hotel if you aren’t going to have a stunning view when you retire at night? Another key factor in Dubai is infrastructure. Areas which have roads, shops, schools and hospitals demand a higher premium, but offer the most convenience.

When money is a more of a factor, you can still save a few dollars in rent or real estate investment by looking at modest, more affordable apartments situated in less luxurious, but still pleasant locations, which offer the opportunity for strong capital growth as infrastructure comes online. There are many apartments with child-friendly and secure neighborhoods with access to swimming pools and restaurants.

Dubai, with stunning skyscrapers and designer apartments, offers a luxury standard of living. However, there are still affordable and homely options perfect for families and single people. All you have to do is find a property that’s ideal for your budget and your lifestyle. Do a lot of research. Work with the most trusted and established developers which have a proven track record in the market – especially if you are considering an off-plan purchase. Request all information on the project: Escrow account details, copies of contracts with master developers and RERA-approved licenses – every trusted developer has to be able to provide these.

Above all, don’t let your heart rule your head; don’t overstretch your budget, but find somewhere that will meet the requirements of you and your family. Dubai is one of the safest places on earth to live, with a wonderful melting pot of communities. It is a city where opportunity is abound.

Where are your areas of choice in Dubai right now? Tell us your story of your move to Dubai. We would love to hear from you in the comments section below, or joining us on Twitter, @dxbpropinvest.

Emaar clients walk away from new property launch in disgust

Repost from Big News Network.com

Emaar, Dubai’s biggest property developor set the emirate on fire on Saturday but not in the way it intended.

The property giant, amidst heavy security, was launching its latest serviced residential apartments tower, proposed for a site opposite the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

After the debacle in September last year when a similar project was launched and hundreds of people camped outside the Emaar sales office for three days to get set, the company announced this time buyers would have to pre-register. What followed was a disaster, with one prominent Dubai real estate agent describing the actions of Emaar as “disgraceful.”

Registration was online and it took place on Wednesday at 10am. Emaar then vetted the applicants, estimated at around 12,000, and allocated tokens to those that had been successful. With 280 apartments on offer the developer it was assumed would have issued 280 tokens, and perhaps a number to offset those clients that didn’t turn up or didn’t proceed to buy an apartment. With approximately 300 to 350 tokens allocated it should have all gone swimmingly.

What the developer didn’t tell clients was that they had issued three lots of tokens. Successful registrants were told they had to be at the Emaar sales office at 8am. When they arrived they found long queues stretching from the front entrance to the three main buildings in the Emaar complex right around the outside of the buildings. The developer issued red, blue and yellow tokens. While the red queue moved swiftly through to the sales office to look over plans, prices and contracts, several hundred, possibly a thousand people, waited outside penned up in long lines for several hours without any communication from Emaar as to what was happening. Trays of Chicken sandwiches and croissants were passed around and bottles of water but there was no-one to tell the throngs what was going on.

Then as it was approaching seven hours in the queues, at about 2.40pm, a crowd marshal got up on her feet, without any amplification, and said the red tokens were up to number 155 and they had yet to start on the blues, and the yellows it seemed may not get a start at all. The Emaar employee stressed that people were welcome to stay but there was little likelihood they would get set. Angry scenes followed as frustrated buyers left in disgust, not so much because they had missed out, but they say because of the way they were treated. Scores were heard muttering, and others making their feelings known more loudly, indicating they would not take part in an Emaar property launch again.

For those that stayed however, in the ever-dwindling queues, and those that had made it inside into the sales office, the worst was yet to come. About 4pm, when the red tokens were up to about 175, an Emaar representative announced all apartments had been sold. There was a complete uproar as angry clients and their agents stormed Emaar personnel seeking an explanation. Agents had been told Emaar was restricting sales of the apartments to one per client, yet before even one third of the tokens had been dealt with all the apartments were gone.

Earlier in the day it had been indicated quotas of apartments had been allocated to each token category, however it appeared at the end of the day only those holding red tokens would get apartments, and clearly the one apartment per client rule didn’t apply to them.

The fact that Emaar may have been abusing their clients, many of whom have been with them for years, some even buying whole floors off them, didn’t seem to register. Management and marketing executives would have been well aware within a couple of hours of opening their doors, if not even before they opened, that there was no prospect of around 900 registrants being able to be dealt with by sales representatives, let alone complete purchases. An Emaar employee when asked about the situation, confirmed the company intended for it to happen this way as they wanted all the hype, and the subsequent publicity about hundreds being turned away. There were even suggestions Emaar limited the number of units on sale, preferring to establish the hype and then sell more units into the open market later.

What may have been deemed to have been a top marketing strategy ultimately turned into a public relations nightmare with more damage being done to the developer’s reputation, notwithstanding it sold whatever number of apartments it intended to. The company may not be so quick to sell the next project. It is unlikely those that took part Saturday, many of which had travelled from all over the UAE, elsewhere in the Gulf and as far away as Iran and Russia, would be lulled into going through a similar exercise again. One prominent real estate agent who did not want to be named said she and her colleagues in the industry were “appalled,” at the way in which Emaar handled the launch, describing it as a “con,” and a “disgrace.”

The developer was also under scrutiny as the emirate’s property regulator, RERA, requires payment programmes for off-the-plan properties to be set commensurate with construction milestones achieved. Emaar however was hitting clients with a 15% up-front payment, followed by a 10% payment in June, and then a 15% instalment when the construction is 10% completed. Investors will therefore have forked out 40% of the cost of their apartments while Emaar, which is state backed, will have only completed 10% of the construction.

The tower itself, The Address Residence Fountain Views comprises 60 floors of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and penthouses. It will be the only Address property developed by Emaar to date to not include a hotel, however hotel services will be provided to the complex by Emaar’s hotel chain, The Address Hotels and Resorts. The company will also operate a serviced apartments pool in the tower.

Let us know if you had a similar experience at the launch; we would love to hear from you. You can also follow us @DXBPropInvest on Twitter.

The 53-storey towers to be built in the Burj Area

The Distinction – The latest project to hit the luxury Dubai Property Market

DAMAC Properties is the latest luxury developer to step forward with a new project announcement, and The Distinction is set to wow the growing number of people returning to the Dubai Property Market.

A stunning 195 metre, 53-storey, iconic tower overlooking the Burj Area, with views taking in the vista of the Dubai Fountain, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, The Distinction is set for completion early in 2015.

The Distinction will come with 295 luxury serviced hotel apartments, including studios, one, two and three bedrooms. There are also two four bedroom penthouses.

DAMAC Properties has timed the announcement well – with the market on its strongest upward curve in four years. There is a great deal of interest and excitement about the Dubai market at the moment and especially the Burj Area which DAMAC recently described as one of the most desirable locations in the world.

Average prices in Dubai have increased by 14 percent in the first nine months of the year, according to the Reidin Residential Sales Indices, with the rental market also seeing strong growth with yields up as much as 24 percent in prime locations across Dubai according to a recent report by CB Richard Ellis.

DAMAC Properties is certainly focusing on the top-end serviced apartments sector of the market and has recently announced it will have more than 4,000 units of this type under development by the end of next year.

Niall McLoughlin, Senior Vice President, DAMAC Properties, said: “Luxury projects in prime locations are driving the UAE property resurgence and ‘The Distinction’ will provide the quality of finish and service expected at this end of the market. The serviced hotel apartments at ‘The Distinction’ will offer the highest levels of customer service, luxury and opulence placing it among the premium products DAMAC Properties has on the market today.”

You can experience the views you can expect from The Distinction by checking out this cool time lapse from one of the towers next door.

What do you think of The Distinction? Do you think luxury serviced apartments will take off? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below, or joining us on Twitter, @dxbpropinvest.

Top Five Reasons for Dubai Property Market Resurgence

Top Five reasons for the Dubai Property Market recovery

As the Dubai Property Market continues to go from strength to strength, we take a look at the top five reasons why Real Estate in the UAE is seeing a powerful resurgence.

Following the correction in prices back in 2008, the market has slowly improved with 2012 seeing the most impressive growth – around 10-12% in some of the more desirable areas according to recent reports.

There remains a great deal of growth still to come as infrastructure is completed and the influx of foreign investment and foreign workers drives the market.

1.    Increased Liquidity

The Dubai economy remains on a strong recovery path with Gross Domestic Product projected to grow by 4.5% in 2012. This performance is being driven by the strong growth of key sectors such as tourism, commerce, retail, hospitality and logistics.

Banks are now providing funding again – not just for investors in the form of mortgages as low as 3.99% – but also to contractors and developers.

As developers receive funding as well as deposits and further payments on projects they will be able to continue building at pace. Liquidity is the key driver of the Dubai Property market and the banks need to continue to make funding available at all levels to ensure that the current recovery remains on track, at a steady pace.

2.    Comprehensive infrastructure investment

The Dubai Government is again investing heavily in an infrastructure programme, with Dubai World Central spending US$ 4.6 billion on infrastructure alone and terminal two of Jebel Ali Port passed halfway and set for completion next year.

As road networks, schools, hospitals and shopping malls also complete in the new areas of Dubai, investment in the real estate projects will continue to come in. There are many good prices to be achieved in the less developed areas of Dubai which are certain to grow in the coming years as the infrastructure network is finished.

3.    New Job Creation

Nearly one million new jobs are expected to be created before the end of 2020 according to the Dubai Government. As Dubai continues to grow and generate new opportunities, the demand for quality housing will remain. Jones Lang La Salle predicts that around 50,000 additional residential units are expected to be delivered by 2014.

With Europe and America still feeling the effects of a global recession, many ex-pats are looking to Dubai as a place to extend their career opportunities.

According to Hasnain Qazi, Middle East Business Manager at Huxley Associates, “Dubai has evolved into a lifestyle destination of choice for people all over the world looking for a safe, secure, vibrant, cosmopolitan city to live in, providing tax free income and a high standard of living. This is quite a contrast to many other countries in the world where economic and social conditions are not as rosy.”

 4.    Transparency and regulation

The Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) is launching a new service fees index in this month which aims at regulating service fees, reducing disputes about service charges and increasing transparency in the market.

Following the release of the draft investor protection law in Q2, the Dubai Land Department has released a draft Code of Corporate Governance for Developers. The Code defines the responsibilities of developers and requires them to disclose to investors complete information about their properties, including alternatives in case of potential delays. The Code’s ultimate goal is ensuring more transparency and better regulation of the real estate market.

Further regulations ensure that all lease contracts are registered through a government database and all transactions with the Land Department go through a centralised listing site for available property, all of which prompted DAMAC Properties to recently call Dubai’s property market as one of the most regulated in the world.

“DAMAC Properties welcomes recent moves by the Dubai government to tighten regulation in the property market which we believe will sort out the wheat from the chaff,” said Niall McLoughlin, Senior Vice President, DAMAC Properties. “As the market in Dubai recovers strongly, it is important to have clear legislation which will instill confidence in overseas investors in particular.”

5.    Confidence

Investors believe in the Dubai Property market again. Government, banks and developers have worked hard over the past few years to bring back the belief in the growth potential of the market. Cityscape Global this year was a case in point with companies talking confidently about the prospects for the future and bringing back projects which had previously been shelved.

All markets, both financial and real estate are driven by consumer confidence and a return to the belief that Dubai is a thriving international hub will see clients returning in big numbers.

What do you think of our top five list? What have we missed? We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other news on Dubai Property Invest. And don’t forget to also join us on Twitter @dxbpropinvest

Is there a two-tier Dubai Property Market?

Prime locations throughout Dubai, including Downtown Dubai, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina are driving the rental markets with growth around five percent in Q3 alone, says CB Richard Ellis.

The latest report from the global real estate firm shows that demand in key areas remains strong, but that there is still good value in other locations throughout the Emirate.

This is a further proof point that Dubai is seeing a two-tier property market with areas which have completed infrastructure and facilities seeing strong growth and areas still under development experiencing high vacancy rates.
The report stated that rents were now “fixed on an upward path in the majority of sub-markets”.

Data for the year to date also continues to show a sharp incline in activity with the value of all residential transactions at AED 10.3 billion, compared to just AED 6.9 billion for the same period in 2011.

You only need to take a drive around the city to see cranes moving again, traffic delays and a generally more confident air. Recruitment is currently strong, we are entering the peak tourism period and new off-plan developments are reporting strong uptake in early purchases.

Indeed, the growth in the market has generated stories of the return of the speculator. While most developers are trying to play down the return to a boom and bust real estate economy and focus more on ‘steady and consistent growth’, there are certainly international investors coming back into the market in a big way, as they see the turning point in the market.

The increased liquidity in the market in general is going to allow developers and government contractors to move quickly in areas still under development and this is where we see the greatest opportunity to the investor.

In areas such as Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Arabian Ranches where roads and shops are currently under construction, prices remain highly competitive. An investment now will create the greatest opportunity for capital growth as projects complete and an increase in population fills the vacant apartments.

It is good to be talking positively about the Dubai property market again and while we have to keep a check on over-talking the market into an unrealistic position, there are clearly signs of revival.

While traditional powerhouses in Europe, America, and even China to some extent, struggles to break free from global austerity measures brought in to deal with the downturn, Dubai is much more nimble  and able to recover much quicker. International investors seem to recognize that and are moving fast to place their money here.

Are you getting back into the market, or is it too much too soon? We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other news on Dubai Property Invest. And don’t forget to also join us on Twitter @dxbpropinvest

Cityscape Global 2012 is open

Cityscape Global 2012 – Day One Review

There was a bustling, vibrant atmosphere on the opening day of Cityscape Global, the largest real estate exhibition in the Middle East, which opened at Dubai World Trade Centre yesterday.

The packed halls and serious business meetings across the stands was visual proof that the Dubai property market is seeing steady growth and there are keen investors ready to inject cash into the right projects at the right time.

It was Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, who officially inaugurated the 11th edition of Cityscape with an expected crowd of visitors ready to head into the halls. And they weren’t disappointed.

Major announcements across the day included a number of new projects, including two from the Meydan Group, developer of the Meydan Racecourse. Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid is a new 190,000m2 housing scheme in Nad Al Sheba which will feature canals and lagoons, incorporating English, French and Japanese landscaping. The company also re-launched its stalled 72-storey Meydan Tower in Sheikh Zayed Road which will contain homes, offices, shops and hotels.

The focus was also, as expected, on serviced hotel apartments with leading developers drumming up strong support for this relatively new investment vehicle.

DAMAC Properties, the Middle East’s leading luxury developer, announced it would have 4,000 units under development or management by the end of next year at that its first serviced apartment project, Burjside Boulevard would complete mid-2013. The company boldly stated it was taking a leadership role in bringing hotel apartments to the fore in Dubai.

On a lighter note there were a few projects announced which reminded us of the heady days back in 2007/8.

The Taj Arabia project, which was first announced more than five years ago is now set to be become a reality according to the developers of the 3.8 million sqm Falcon City of Wonders. The ‘city’ is also looking bring many other replicas from around the world, including The Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

While there was some of the glitz and glamour of old, it was much more subdued and there was much more a feeling of serious, long-term strategy to provide investors with a sustained growth rather than a fast buck.

More is expected today and you can keep up to date with all of the news from the show here and on Twitter @dxbpropinvest