International Investment


Russian investment in Dubai property

In 2022, Russians emerged as the leading international investors in Dubai’s property market, marking a record-breaking year with total investments amounting to $56 billion. The data revealed an astounding 125% increase in the number of Russian buyers compared to the previous year, as many sought to safeguard their wealth, diversify their investments, or even relocate to the bustling emirate.

This surge in Russian interest is not a sudden phenomenon; rather, it reflects a longstanding appetite for Dubai’s real estate among Russian investors. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, property purchases by Russians surged by an impressive 67%. Even before this surge, Russian buyers had been climbing the ranks steadily, rising from the 9th position in 2019 to the 7th position in 2020 and 2021.

Dubai’s property market continues to captivate Russian investors, as they recognize the emirate’s potential for robust returns and stable growth. With a significant influx of Russian investment, Dubai’s real estate landscape remains vibrant and promises exciting opportunities for both local and international buyers. As Russians lead the charge in Dubai property investments, their enthusiasm and confidence in the market further solidify the emirate’s standing as a premier global investment destination.

Russia to Dubai investment highlights

What do Russian investors need to know about Dubai property?

In the past, Dubai’s property market followed a boom-bust cycle, now, the market resembles London’s 2 decades ago – another market that attracted substantial contributions from Russian investors.

Remarkable growth and record-breaking performance

Dubai’s real estate market showcased an extraordinary performance last year, witnessing double-digit capital gains that were twice the global prime average. The emirate experienced a record-breaking 2021, with industry sales transactions totaling AED 151 billion (USD 41 billion). This demand surged by a remarkable 110% compared to the preceding 12-month period, surpassing even pre-pandemic investment levels with a 90% rise in value and a significant 55% increase in volume.

Rental yield appeal

Dubai’s property market currently boasts a robust rental yield, standing out among other investments and prime property markets.

As Russian investors explore Dubai’s property landscape, understanding these dynamic shifts and performance trends is vital to making informed and prosperous investment decisions.

Where are Russians investing in Dubai property?

Here’s an overview of the current real estate acquisition hotspots in Dubai, appealing to both local and international investors, including a significant number of Russian investors.

Visa opportunities for Russian investors buying Dubai property

Dubai has long been regarded as a sought-after destination for living, and its real estate landscape is now reaping the benefits of transformative government reforms that link residency to investment in a remarkably advantageous and straightforward manner.

A game-changing amendment has introduced the coveted ‘Golden Residence’ visa, presenting a compelling pull factor for Russian investors. Now, significantly enhancing accessibility, residents owning property worth AED 2 million or above in the UAE are automatically eligible for the Golden Visa, bypassing the traditional application process. To secure this exclusive visa, investors need to acquire one or more off-plan properties valued at no less than US $544,500 (AED 2 million), with the transaction overseen by an approved local real estate company. The land departments of each emirate can identify qualifying properties through the Integrated Commercial Platform (ICP) portal, streamlining the process for investors.

This ‘Golden Residence’ scheme bestows a generous long-term visa, allowing its holders to bask in the Dubai lifestyle as residents for a period of 10 years, thereby cementing their ties to the city and its vibrant offerings.

Dubai’s residency incentives serve as a compelling factor for Russian investors seeking not only profitable real estate ventures but also an immersive and enriching experience in one of the world’s most alluring cities. As the emirate continues to create an investor-friendly environment, it cements its position as a prime destination for global investors and a magnet for those aspiring to call Dubai their home.


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