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Indians Emerge as Leading Real Estate Investors in Dubai

Indians Emerge as Leading Real Estate Investors in Dubai: Shifts in Market Dynamics and the Rise of Luxury Segment

The Dubai real estate landscape has witnessed a significant transformation in recent quarters, marked by a notable shift in the demographics of property investors and evolving market dynamics. The Dubai Residential Market Report 2023 sheds light on these developments, revealing compelling trends that underscore the changing preferences and influences driving the Dubai property market.

Indians Take the Lead:

In a striking turn of events, Indians have emerged as the foremost real estate investors in Dubai, surpassing Britons in the latest quarter. This shift in leadership was highlighted in the Q2 and Q3 reports, where Indians claimed the top spot, while previously ranking second in the initial quarter when Britons held sway. The surge in Indian investment underscores rising wealth and a growing interest in Dubai’s property market.

The Dubai real estate market recorded an impressive 28,249 transactions in the third quarter alone, showcasing a 4% increase from the preceding quarter and a remarkable 23% surge compared to the same period in 2022. Notably, this growth was predominantly driven by a remarkable 34% increase in villa and townhouse transactions, albeit accompanied by a 4% contraction in apartment transactions.

Shifting Buyer Nationalities:

The report highlights the shifting landscape of buyer nationalities, delineating the reasons behind the rearrangement of the top buyer groups. While Indian and British nationals continue to dominate real estate purchases, the decline in the ruble and Russia’s geopolitical isolation contributed to Russian nationals moving out of the top three buyer nationalities for the first time since Q2 2022.

Conversely, the MENA region has sustained its presence, witnessing increased representation from buyers in countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, UAE, and Jordan. The rise of these new entrants signifies a diversification in the buyer demographic, further enriching Dubai’s real estate market.

The Appeal of the Golden Visa:

A significant driver for property investment in Dubai has been the UAE’s ‘Golden visa.’ This long-term residence visa offers exclusive benefits to foreign talents, providing opportunities for living, working, or studying in the UAE. The visa’s perks, including extended validity for 5 or 10 years, freedom from needing a sponsor, and the ability to sponsor family members, have enticed many Indian and British nationals to utilize property investment as a pathway to obtain the Golden Visa.

Luxury Market Flourishes:

Furthermore, the luxury segment in Dubai’s real estate market continues to thrive. Transactions surpassing $4.83 million surged to record levels in Q3, marking a remarkable 44% increase compared to Q2. This surge was primarily fueled by a substantial 66% growth in the secondary market.

The trajectory of the luxury market remains promising, with projections indicating the attraction of 4,500 new millionaires to the UAE in 2023. Coupled with the launch of upscale off-plan projects in Dubai like Palm Jebel Ali, the luxury market is poised for sustained growth in the foreseeable future.


The evolving dynamics of Dubai’s real estate market, characterised by the ascent of Indian investors, the allure of the Golden Visa, and the flourishing luxury segment, underscore a dynamic landscape ripe with opportunities and promising prospects for the future.

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