• Boulevard View
    Canal view
    City view
    Community view
    Corner view
    Courtyard View
    Emirates Palace
    Full Sea View
    Garden view
    Golf course view
    Island View
    Marina view
    Park view
    Partial sea view
    Sea view
    Street view
    Yas Island
  • Basketball court
    BBQ facilities
    Beach Access
    Central A/C system
    Central A/C System
    Central gas
    Central heating
    Children's play area inside
    Children's play area outside
    Childrens Swimming Pool
    Common Washroom
    Community center
    Emergency generator
    Fire Alarm System
    Fire alarm system
    Fire fighting system
    Firefighting System
    Fitness club
    Free Commercial Parking
    Garbage disposal
    Golf course
    Landscaped gardens
    Marina berths
    Olympic Swimming Pool
    Sky Pod
    Smart systems
    Squash courts
    Steam room
    Swimming pool
    Tennis court
    Visitor parking
  • A/C
    Balcony Sliding Doors
    Breakfast bar
    Built in BBQ
    Built in wardrobes
    Built-in Wardrobe
    Ceiling fan
    Central A/C
    Central A/C
    Central A/C systems
    Ceramic tiles
    Childrens play area outside
    Closed Kitchen
    Closed Kitchen
    Coffee Machine
    Conventional electric oven
    Conventional gas oven
    Cooking Hood
    Cooking hoods
    Cooking hoods
    Cooking Stove
    Covered car ports
    Data Outlets
    Driver Room
    Drivers room
    Dry Pantry
    Electric cooking hub
    Electrical Kettle
    Fire Alarm
    Fire alarm system
    Fitness club
    Free Satellite
    Garbage disposal
    Gas cooking hub
    Granite Counter Tops – Kitchen
    Granite countertops
    Guest Room
    Hot Water System
    Kitchen Cabinet
    Kitchen Facilities
    Kitchen Facilities
    Landscaped gardens
    Laundry Room
    Light fittings
    Light Fittings
    Maids room
    Marble Counter Tops – Bathroom
    Marble flooring
    Marble Flooring
    Marble Vanity Top
    Microwave oven
    Microwave Oven
    Nany Room
    Open Kitchen
    Parquet flooring
    Pay TV Point
    Porcelain Tiles
    Power Outlets
    Power Supply
    Private pool
    Sat Decoder
    Security Room
    Security systems
    Slate flooring
    Sliding doors
    Smart home technology
    Smart Home Technology (applicable)
    Smoke Alarms
    Sun Room
    Telephone Points
    TV (Flat Screen)
    TV Point
    Utility Room
    Vaccum Cleaner
    WalkIn Closet
    Washer Dryer
    Washing Machine
    Wood flooring
Home Services Why property in Abu Dhabi is a great investment

Why property in Abu Dhabi is a great investment?

The markets in the Middle East are pretty jumpy at the moment, with political instability across the region, the sliding oil price and Dubai's real estate market going into reverse. In these turbulent seas only a few islands of calm remain, and Abu Dhabi is one of them. With its solid political systems and vast oil and cash reserves there are few storms Abu Dhabi cannot weather. The emirate has an often overlooked real estate sector that people are now looking to for better and more stable returns. So why put your money into real estate in Abu Dhabi?

The process

Buying property in Abu Dhabi is a fairly simple and quick process. Many thousands of transactions have been completed and banks and developers are experienced and secure. The unit mix is varied and expanding all the time. Most developments are less than five years old and are popular with tenants as they stand out from the traditional older Abu Dhabi stock.


Investments in some property in Abu Dhabi can earn returns of more than 7 per cent on your money net (look at net returns and not gross). There are few bank accounts or funds in the world that will give you that kind of return. There is also the potential to leverage your investment for increased returns from capital appreciation.

No rent cap

Rent increases in Abu Dhabi are not capped and there is no rent calculator. Landlords may charge their tenants whatever the market will bear, so they can take full advantage of any rent increases.

Legal protections

The law in Abu Dhabi is very landlord-friendly. In brief there is no difficulty in evicting tenants once their lease term has finished, you just need to give them two months' notice before the end of that lease. You do not need a reason not to renew the lease.


Property has gone through its boom and bust cycles like every other investment, but it remains a stable asset. Property prices and rents have recovered well since the global slowdown and Abu Dhabi's significant income from oil and large capital reserves mean that continued growth prospects are good. As well as that, the UAE government has learnt its lessons from 2008 and is active (by use of loan to value rules and tinkering with registration fees) in reducing the chance of future bubbles.

Future prospects

Property prices and returns in Abu Dhabi are linked to population and supply. At the moment the government has a large infrastructure expansion plan in place (Etihad Rail, the Midfield Terminal, Etihad Airways, the Louvre and Guggenheim etc) called the 2030 Plan, which is bringing people to the UAE by creating jobs. Set against that there is little property supply in the pipeline. Only another 18,000 units are due to come online in 2015 and 2016 (an increase of just 2.8 per cent per year) according to JLL, and Colliers believes there is a current housing shortfall of more than 50,000 units.

Rent payment

Rent in Abu Dhabi is paid upfront for the year, usually in one or two cheques (the second is post-dated). This affords significant security of income and some safeguard against tenants absconding.

Low sophistication of current landlords

Abu Dhabi is an immature market as far as the rentals market goes and includes many first-time landlords. As a result it suffers from low sophistication among property owners. Nimbler, more intelligent landlords can gain higher than average rents by understanding the market and what tenants are looking for. Furnishing certain units, for example, is just one of the ways you can command higher rents (few units in Abu Dhabi are furnished).

Every real estate professional will tell you now is the perfect time to buy as your investment is about to appreciate in value hugely and make you a millionaire overnight. No one can predict if your property value is going to go up or down, so trust your gut and don't consult the stars. Buy an investment where your rent is going to pay your mortgage with a little left over for you. You'll be paying off the debt, accumulating equity in the asset and pocketing some change from the rental return. Be a smart investor and make sure the numbers make sense.

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