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Dubai, Office Market Bulletin, Spring 2018

Global economic factors continue to have a direct impact on the real estate market in the UAE. In the office market, upper limit headline rents have been affected, with occupiers either sitting tight, regearing leases, or continuing to consolidate operations.

In fact, 5 of our 24 submarkets registered minor downward adjustments during the final quarter of last year, with the weakness persisting into 2018. It is our view that this will continue for the remainder of the year with rents set to fall AED 5 psf to AED 20 psf. However, core free zones are likely to buck this trend, with rents holding steady. 

So far, the introduction of VAT has not had any real impact on landlord behaviour but we are monitoring this closely. While absorbing the 5% VAT costs does not appear to have been considered yet, this may well emerge as an option should rental weakness linger into 2019. 

Further detail is presented in the report, so please download a copy.