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Hi, Sunil here to discuss Dubai properties with you in this section

With the rapid progression Dubai has experienced, property values have also experienced unprecedented growth. Just until year 2000 or so, Dubai properties barely appreciated.

If anything, they depreciated in value because of wear and tear.

Recently however (post 2000), Dubai real estate has skyrocketed just like properties did in the USA post the 1970s.

As an avid real estate investor here in the USA, I can certainly appreciate what has transpired with properties in Dubai.

I started considering Dubai property investment in 2005 but was always afraid of the “real estate bubble” that I perceived existed in the real estate market. My perceptions were shaped by my experiences here in the USA.

Dubai however, unlike to USA, has shown no signs of bursting out of the bubble. I started studying the Dubai real estate market since then and have made some contacts in the industry.

I frequently get updates on what is new, what is hot and what is not. I will continue to share that information with you on this website as I become aware of it.

It is not difficult for you to find a property for sale in Dubai today. Until I believe 2006, you were not allowed to own a property in Dubai. You could only rent.

After 2006 or so, to encourage foreign investment, the Dubai Government (Sheikdom) enacted a law allowing aliens (non Nationals) to purchase properties in Dubai in certain freehold zones.

Dubai, and the UAE (United Arab Emirates), is one of the safest countries to live in or visit in the whole world. Because it is such an ideal place, developers and construction companies have set up shop there and are rapidly building every day.

I often wonder who is buying all those properties every time I see a new building go up. But I guess they are selling like hot cakes. They must be.

Infrastructure development is all controlled by the city’s Government, who is constantly evaluating the supply and demand ratio in the country to maintain the city’s growth and financial success.

Investing in a property in Dubai is a great if you want to settle in Dubai over the long haul. This is because the Government does not grant naturalized citizenships.

In other words you can never become a Dubai National. The only was you can stay in Dubai is either if you have a working Visa through a corporate sponsor (you must be working) or if you have a residence Visa which is granted to property owners.

Living in Dubai City or purchasing a property for sale in Dubai has many advantages. Some include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Nice, sunny and warm weather all year long
  • Unlimited access to beaches anywhere everywhere
  • Tax free income and duty free shopping
  • Low interest rates and relaxed lending standards to encourage property investment
  • High rental rates and spread between rental income and mortgage interest rates
  • World’s biggest and best entertainment and tourism hub
  • Heavy presence of most multinational Fortune companies
  • Free trade zones ideal for entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Biggest and best of everything (shopping, dining, jobs, real estate, entertainment)

Just like in the USA, you have many options when selecting Dubai properties. Dubai villas are quite popular if you have a family. Villas are the equivalent of homes, they are just called villas.

You also have apartments, condos and hotel apartments. Hotel apartments are your semi-long but short term options (think about an extended stay hotel that offers very reasonable long term weekly or monthly rates).

Recently, the Burj Dubai residential lounges have also become quite popular. Burj Dubai (the tallest building project in the world as of 2007, $900M invested, approx 1,000 meters high and 200 floors) is scheduled to be completed in 2009.

The Dubai investment property craze warmed up around 2004 and has no signs of stopping anytime soon. Many (like me) believe a bubble exists in the real estate market.

However, the way the city is moving it’s hard to believe that anything will stop its progression in the near future. You might be looking at decades and decades of continuous growth.

I have my own thoughts and this is a great topic for discussion. Subscribe and stay tuned to the Dubai City Blog and we will definitely be discussing Dubai properties together in the future.

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