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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 08/05/2014
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The emirate is facing a rise in demand for housing by six per cent year-on-year with an additional demand of 15208 units in 2014 according to colliers.

abu dhabi’s housing shortfall would escalate to 51000 units by the end of this year a report said.

at the end of 2013 the fast expanding emirate saw total housing stock reaching 232000 units says colliers international a leading property advisory firm.

colliers’ report showed that abu dhabi’s demand for housing would reach 360000 units in 2018. — kt file photo

according to a report from another property advisory firm jll residential stock increased by around 1700 units in the first quarter of the year bringing the total stock to around 238000 units.

however an estimated 9000 housing units are expected to enter the market this year to reach total housing supply to 241000 against a demand of 290000 housing units says colliers international.

the emirate is facing a rise in demand for housing by six per cent year-on-year with an additional demand of 15208 units in 2014 according to colliers.

it estimates that abu dhabi’s demand for housing would reach 360000 units in 2018 growing at three per cent cumulative annual growth rate as growth in economy will pick up and population increase would continue growing at 5.5 per cent annually.

it also estimates that office employees would rise five per cent year-on-year.

the property advisory firm estimated a shortfall of 119000 housing units in 2018 as the demand is expected to reach 360000 units.

abu dhabi’s real estate market is to experience a strong dand over the short to medium term as the economic and population growth continues.

colliers estimates 44000 units to enter the residential supply in the coming five years.

the removal of the rent cap in abu dhabi is likely to further contribute to an upward trend in rentals making it more lucrative investment in terms of returns.

foreign ownership of residential units are currently limited to high-end waterfront developments with the exception of al reef and hydra. this limitation in abu dhabi’s residential market creates an opportunity for developing affordable housing within the emirate.

rents grew 12 per cent year-on-year in 2014. in the fourth quarter of last year rental values went up by nine per cent. the area which witnessed high growth in rents includes the localities of al raha al reem island and corniche.

in terms of sales prices a growth of nine per cent has been reported.

in order to meet the rising demand for housing just before the cityscape abu dhabi 2014 aldar properties launched three new housing projects in and around abu dhabi with sales value estimated at dh5 billion.

it offered registration at the property show three projects of which two will be located in the investment zones of al raha beech and ansam on yas island while the third one will comprise of residential plots on nareel island located five minutes away from emirates palace is exclusively for the uae nationals.

a total of 1000 units would be added in two years though all in posh segment.

according to colliers survey 40 per cent of the cumulative supply targets the high-end market.

— haseeb?khaleejtimes.com


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