Market Trends

Market Trends

The market report for Q4 2015 to Q1 2019 has been released – delivering interesting figures for investors, buyers, landlords, and tenants backtracked quarterly since 2015.

In the leasing trends by area, it shows that Al Reem Island has the highest demand among other areas. Some areas have decreased to even less than the demand recorded back in Q1 2016 to almost reach the demand in Al Reef community at its market launch.

Al Reef community, Khalifa City’s surrounding areas, Al Ghadeer, Al Raha Beach, and Al Raha Gardens’ demand had slightly increased. Meanwhile, Hydra Village and Abu Dhabi Main Island showed a slight decrease compared to Q4 2018.

The tenants overall demand is stable; there are no big flows within the areas. Only Al Ghadeer’s demand moved from 12% to 19% which can be explained by enjoying life in a quiet yet beautiful community which offers full access to the facilities and amenities, while being in halfway between two main cities of UAE: Abu Dhabi and Dubai.


The figures issued for the leasing trends by apartment type reflect overall stability in demand for the 2 bedrooms and 3 bedroom apartments. However, the Studio type has faced a big drop in demand towards the 1 bedroom apartments. With the continuous drop in rental prices, tenants are moving to bigger units for more comfort.

Here, 1 bedroom apartments got the highest demand, followed by the 2 bedroom apartments, then the studio and 3 bedroom apartments, respectively. Meanwhile, the demand for the 4 bedroom apartments went nil for Q1 2019.

The leasing demand of the villas shows a big flow. The 5 and 6 bedrooms have seen a high increase in demand compared to the previous quarter; however, the 2 and 4 bedroom villas faced a drop. Meanwhile, the 3 bedroom type demand remains stable.

The drop in demand of the 2 and 4 bedroom villas can be explained by moving to bigger units or some tenants are being converted to landlords by purchasing their own properties. Through the existing juicy offers and hot prices in the market, the population is swapping rental with installments.

The highest demand is seen almost equally for the 4 then 3 bedroom villas, followed by the 6+ bedrooms, then 2 bedrooms, and 5 bedrooms, respectively.

Moving on to the sales demand by area, Khalifa City and the surrounding areas occupied the biggest chunk of the market in terms of sales from which we can understand that these days are the UAE Nationals, end-users market.

The level of demand in Saadiyat and Al Reem Island is almost the same, followed by the Abu Dhabi Main Land and Yas Island, respectively.

By the looks of the latest figures, Al Ghadeer is seeing a big drop in demand compared to Q3 2018. Al Raha Beach, Al Raha Gardens, Golf Gardens, and Hydra Village have a steady level of demand compared to the previous quarter.

From these figures, we can understand that the buyers’ population is mixed as some of them are looking at luxurious properties such as the Marina Island projects, Saadiyat and Yas: others are looking for convenience and affordability such as Al Reef and Reem residential units. Some of the buyers are end users and some are investors of small-sized properties and off-plan projects offered at competitive prices.

The sales real estate market trends by apartment type revealed a considerable demand for the 1 bedroom apartments and studios. The 2 bedroom type of apartments, even though its demand has dropped drastically compared to the previous months, remains one of the most in-demand apartment types.

The trends showed a sign of decrease among the apartment types except for the 1 bedrooms which received a peak in demand.

The property purchasers can have two different behaviors based on the property size depending on the purchase purpose. The end users are keener to purchase the bigger apartment types. Investors, however, their purchase preference is for the 1 bedrooms, then the studio apartments, and 2 bedrooms, respectively.

The overall highest demand goes towards the 1 bedrooms and Studios, then the 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, respectively. Meanwhile, the demand for the 4+ bedrooms remains the lowest.

Moving on to the sales trends by villa type, the statistics show similar preference and level of interest for the 3 and 4 bedrooms, then the 6+ bedrooms and 5 bedrooms.

The smaller villas of 2 bedrooms got the lowest level of demand, facing the biggest drop.

For the end users who are looking at purchasing a villa, we can see two different behaviours. The expatriates prefer the 3 and 2 bedrooms respectively, however, the UAE Nationals prefer 5+, 4 then 3 bedroom villas.

The figures for the Investors’ behavior are different. The UAE Nationals have an ascendant preference towards the 2, then 4, 3 and 5+ bedroom villas. The Expatriates, however, are keener to invest in the 3, 2, and then 4 and 5+ bedrooms.

The overall Market Trend shows a peak in Sales reaching the statistics released in Q3 2018, and higher than Q4 2015 to Q4 2017. The Rent demand, however, recorded a drop to reach back the level of demand seen in Q3 2018.

It’s obvious that the estate market has been facing a slump since HY2 2016; however, a smooth pick up is being noticed accompanied with great investment opportunities being injected out there, in the Abu Dhabi Real Estate Market.

The relative decrease in property prices – caused by the increasing number of available units on the market – allowed investors to acquire properties with relatively low prices.

This type of recession is the perfect period to invest in real estate where the acquisition cost is relatively low against a good rental income, for the existing projects.

With expo 2020 coming up, the property prices are forecasted to increase back in HY 1, 2020. Now is the perfect time to invest in off-plan projects as the property value will automatically increase once the projects are handed over.

A batch of interesting off-plan projects ranging from Lands, Apartments, Duplexes to Townhouses and Villas, are listed with Nationwide Middle East Properties with different handover timelines throughout the year of 2019 such as Meera Towers in Reem Island, West Yas, Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Jawaher Al Saadiyat, The Bridges, and many more that you can discover on

The UAE in general and Abu Dhabi Property Market, in particular, is favorable for real estate Buyers and Investors – despite the small fluctuations, the market represents an attractive opportunity for investors seeking great returns, making Abu Dhabi property market more accessible for buyers than ever before.

In the latest figures generated throughout the year, we’ve noticed that the market is mostly for UAE Nationals occupying the biggest portion in terms of Real Estate acquisition. Being conscious that Real Estate is one of the best investment solutions which can generate the highest return among other kinds of investments. The UAE Nationals opt for the best and safest option through the attractive property offerings injected in the market.

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