The real estate sector in Abu Dhabi has continued its growth trajectory in the first quarter of this year, with 5,472 property sales and mortgages recorded worth AED 27.9 billion, compared to 3,304 transactions worth AED 11.3 billion during the same period in 2022, according to official data released by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT).
The value of real estate transactions in Abu Dhabi during Q1 2023 has increased by 147% compared to the same period last year, while the number of transactions has risen by 66%. The real estate indicators released by DMT showed that the sector has recorded 3,518 buying and selling transactions of properties worth AED 16.2 billion, compared to 1,722 transactions worth AED 4.4 billion during the first quarter of last year, indicating an increase in the total value of property sales by 268% and an increase in the number of transactions by 104%.
In addition, the DMT has recorded a significant increase in the value and number of mortgage transactions during this period, with 1,954 mortgages recorded worth AED 11.7 billion between January and March 2023, compared to 1,582 transactions worth AED 6.9 billion during the first quarter of last year, reflecting an increase in the value of transactions by 70% and an increase in the number of transactions by 24%.
During the first quarter of this year, there were 1,769 new investors in these transactions, which is a 42% increase compared to the 1,244 new investors in the first quarter of last year. Additionally, the percentage of non-resident investors during this period was 10.71%, a 75% increase from the 6.10% of non-resident investors in the first quarter of last year.
Dr. Adeeb Afifi, the Executive Director of Real Estate Sector at DMT, said: "The real estate sector in Abu Dhabi has demonstrated a strong growth momentum in the first quarter of 2023. The increase in the number of transactions and their overall value is a testament to the continued resilience of the sector despite global economic uncertainties. The increase in the number of transactions is also a reflection of the confidence of investors in the Abu Dhabi real estate market. The government's continued efforts to enhance the investment environment and regulatory framework have contributed to this positive trend. We are confident that this trend will continue throughout the year, and we remain committed to supporting the growth of the sector and the overall economic development of Abu Dhabi."