It’s that time of year where predictions flood in for the worldwide property market for the next 12 months. This year has been economically uncertain for many regions, due to political and economic uncertainty, but it’s good news for the Dubai property scene, according to industry experts Knight Frank.
Modest Increase In Property Prices
While the predicted price increase is modest at 1%, it’s still positive news as Dubai should return to growth, after the recent market cycle showed a weaker performance than average.
Knight Frank say that prices of prime residential property in Dubai should rise in 2018, pointing to a return to growth. The consultants point towards government investment in the infrastructure and economy ahead of Expo2020 as the main reason demand is being driven higher.
Expo 2020 is bringing developments, building projects and more jobs, all of which is helping to strengthen the economy. In addition, it’s increasing demand for residential property in Dubai, as well as commercial, retail and luxury space.
How Dubai Compares To Other Regions
The annual Property Forecast report for 2018 covered 13 cities. According to its analysis, Paris should lead the global price growth for 2018. That’s an increase of 9% in a market that has really struggled to increase prices over the last few years. The expected improvement is due to the benefits from the encouraging economic outlook for the Eurozone.
France’s capital is very much set to be back in the game for global investors, particularly those from Europe and the Middle East.
It looks likely that Singapore (at 5% increase) and Geneva (3% increase) could become next year’s most improved property markets. Market sentiment surrounding Singapore’s luxury residential market is improving. Geneva’s privacy, safety and impressive schools make it a popular spot for wealthy families who want to relocate.
Other Global Regional Forecasts
It looks like Hong Kong will enjoy the strongest growth of the major urban markets in Asia with a 7% increase by the end of 2018. This is due to the continuing demand from mainland China.
Here in the UK, prime prices in London look set to rise by an extremely modest 0.5%, but with a cumulative growth in prices over the next five years reaching 13.1%.
Good News For Dubai
While the growth predicted for Dubai is modest, it’s still extremely encouraging news for investors. With Expo 2020 ever closer, there are more reasons than ever to get involved in property investment in Dubai.