Property Finder’s Annual Market Watch 2023 report reveals record breaking growth in Dubai and Abu Dhabi real estate

Increased transactions, greater returns, spike in ownership, off-plan investments, new projects on the rise; 2023 wraps up with big wins for Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s property sector

United Arab Emirates: Property Finder, the leading property portal in the MENA region, has reported substantial progress in Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s real estate sectors for 2023. Significant achievements in 2023 include Abu Dhabi’s off-plan sales witnessing a substantial increase, capturing a larger share of total transactions compared to the previous year, while Dubai’s off-plan market set a noteworthy record with a remarkable surge, signifying the highest-ever annual performance for 2023.  Some more top wins significantly contributing to successful year included:

Increased transactions, stronger foreign confidence:


  • Recent data from the Dubai Statistics Center reports Dubai’s real estate and construction sectors saw a respective 3.6% and 1.9% growth in the first half of 2023, contributing to nearly 14.4% of the city’s total GDP for the year.
  • In 2023, sales transactions set a new annual record with a value of AED 411.74 billion, marking a 56% increase from 2022. The robust economic growth and flourishing tourism industry contributed to heightened housing demand.
  • Registered sales transactions in 2023 surged to 133,134, marking a significant uptick from the 96,459 transactions recorded in 2022—an impressive increase of 38%. This achievement represents the highest performance for the year on record, establishing a new benchmark for unparalleled commercial growth.

Abu Dhabi:

  • According to data from the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), the number of transactions for a year in Abu Dhabi achieved record highs with 13,298 transactions compared to 7,957 in 2022, reflecting a substantial increase of 75%.
  • Residential transactions accounted for 97% of the total volume and approximately 85% of the overall value.
  • Transaction values amounted to AED 44 billion, marking a remarkable 120% increase from AED 19.9 billion in the previous year.

Boost in off-plan investments, emerging areas in demand:


  • In Dubai, off-plan sales set a remarkable record in 2023, surging to 68,783 transactions from 43,151 in 2022, marking an impressive 59.4% increase and establishing the highest-ever annual performance for the off-plan market.
  • 70.4% of off-plan transactions in Dubai concentrated in the top 10 areas, with the leading area contributing 14.4%, the second at 11%, and the third at over 7.8%.

Abu Dhabi:

  • In Abu Dhabi, 10,151 off-plan sales transactions were recorded, compared to 5,095 in 2022, representing 76% of the total transactions, as opposed to 67% in 2022.
  • A significant year-on-year surge by 99% in terms of volume and 174% increase for the same period in terms of value was recorded for Abu Dhabi.
  • The off-plan sales transaction value in Abu Dhabi reached AED 35,570 billion compared to AED 12,989 billion.

Ready/existing properties, steady returns:


  • Existing sales achieved a milestone in Dubai in 2023, surging to 64,351 transactions from 53,308 in 2022, marking the highest annual performance on record with a remarkable year-on-year increase of 20.72%.
  • Across 178 areas in 2023, existing/ready transactions were distributed, constituting 51.2% of the total transactions, showcasing the widespread engagement and robust performance of this segment in the real estate market.

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