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Dubai Property Sales Surge 60% As Investors, Russians Flock In

DUBAI - Dubai's red - hot property market surged in the first half of the year as investors piled in, with Russians among the top five buyers as the emirate benefits from an influx of wealth in the wake of Western sanctions.

The first half saw residential real estate transaction volumes up 60% with an 86% rise in the value of properties sold, property consultancy Betterhomes said in a report.

The top buyers were from India, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia and France, in the order, followed by Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Egypt tied in eight place, Lebanon and China.

The number of Russian buyers surged 164% in the first half of this year from the first half of 2021, Betterhomes said in response to a Reuters query. The numbers of France and Britain rose 42% and 18%, respectively, while those from India fell 8% and Italy dropped 17%.

Demand was boosted by geopolitical instability in Europe and mortgage buyers looking to get in ahead of well - telegraphed interest rate hikers, Betterhomes said.

Reuters reported earlier this year that Russians were pouring money into Dubai properties, seeking a financial haven in the wake of Western sanctions on Moscow over over its invasion of Ukraine.

'The market has faced growing headwinds in the form of rising interest rates and a strengthening dollar, but has so far proven to be robust with little sign of slowing', Betterhomes said.

In the first half of the year, a record 37,762 units were sold, it said, citing Dubai Land Department data, with residential property market transactions totalling nearly 89 billion dirhams ($24,23 billion).

Luxury property transactions were up 87% compared with the first half of last year, with apartments making up 62% of all transactions, Betterhomes said.

Investors dominated sales, making up 68% of all buyers, up 10% compared with a year earlier.



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