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Indian investment in Dubai's real estate market

Dubai’s real estate market has become a magnet for investors worldwide, including a substantial contingent from India. Indian nationals have consistently ranked among the top three nationalities investing in Dubai’s real estate since 2004. 

In the years between 2015 and 2021 (Dubai’s 2nd major growth cycle), Indian investors spent over AED 83.62 billion on real estate in the emirate.

Beyond its residential properties – and their consistently strong returns – Dubai boasts an array of lifestyle benefits and the residency status that comes with investing is very appealing to many Indian investors.

Dubai's real estate market sees surge in Indian investors in 2023

In addition to a longstanding tradition of consistent investment in Dubai, 2023 saw a spate of investment propelled by tax changes:

Dubai's economic recovery and the role of real estate

Like many investing nations, the recent Indian interest in Dubai property has been driven by Dubai’s post-COVID-19 economic resurgence.

The emirate has unveiled an ambitious 10-year economic plan known as D33, aiming to double the economy’s size and position Dubai as one of the world’s top three financial centres within a decade. Initiatives like the Golden Visa have played a pivotal role in attracting foreign investment, skilled professionals, and a surge in new business licences – up by over 50%.

The property market has been a driving force behind Dubai’s economic revival, with average property prices surging by 12.8% in Q1 of the current year, and villa prices witnessing nearly a 15% increase. In 2022, Dubai ranked as the world’s fourth busiest ultra-prime property market, with 219 home sales valued at over $10 million each – with Indian investment a key driving force.

India: a leading source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for Dubai

As Dubai solidifies its status as a regional financial and business hub, the real estate market has become an attractive magnet for investors and a catalyst for further sectoral development.

A recent report from FDI Markets highlighted India’s pivotal role in Dubai’s FDI landscape. This emerging trend underscores India’s growing influence as a source country for FDI in one of the UAE’s wealthiest emirates.

The growing relationship between India and Dubai in the realm of FDI reflects the strong economic ties between the two countries – and Dubai’s continued appeal as a preferred destination for foreign investors further cements its reputation as a global economic powerhouse.

Indian demand for Dubai's real estate's new sustainability

Dubai’s real estate landscape has undergone significant changes in recent years, focusing on sustainability and transparency. The emirate has emerged as the most transparent property market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, attracting the attention of global investors and institutions – and those from India are no different.

Investors from all over the world now benefit from enhanced policies and regulations implemented by the UAE government. The Dubai Land Department ensures that real estate data is publicly available, promoting transparency and instilling confidence in long-term investors.

This is in part why many Indian investors now believe this third growth cycle will be much more sustained and robust than ever before.

The future of Indian investment in Dubai property

The demand for Dubai’s real estate market is expected to continue growing, with Indian investors playing a pivotal role. Drivers include the tech boom, government infrastructure projects, and a business-friendly environment that stimulates economic growth and attracts more investments.

As Dubai positions itself as a global hub for innovation, the real estate market is poised for further expansion, making it an attractive prospect for Indian investors looking to benefit from the city’s dynamic growth story. The synergy between India and Dubai in the real estate sector is set to strengthen further, creating mutually beneficial opportunities in the years ahead.


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