● December 2021 had 5,601 sales transactions worth AED 15.68 billion.
● 54.2% of sales transactions were in the secondary/ready market, and 45.8% were off-plan in December 2021.
● Q4 2021 had 17,942 sales transactions worth AED 46.75 billion.
● 2021 had 61,241 sales transactions worth AED 151.07 billion.
Dubai, UAE, 28 January 2022: 2021 witnessed an exceptional performance for Dubai's real estate market, supported by the results and numbers in December, whether in terms of real estate sales transactions, or the monthly index numbers. December 2021 witnessed the registration of 5,601 sales transactions worth AED 15.68 billion, resulting in over 84,196 total transactions in 2021 worth AED 300 billion, which is the highest annual value ever in Dubai's history. In December 2021, the overall monthly Index recorded 1.156 and an index price of AED 1,115,937, making it the highest since February 2019 in terms of index numbers and the highest in value since August 2018. This is according to the data of the 22nd edition of Mo'asher, Dubai's official sales price index issued by Dubai Land Department (DLD) in cooperation with Property Finder.
The base year for Mo'asher is 2012, and the base month for the monthly index is January 2012, with the base quarter for the quarterly index being Q1 2012. The data affirmed that 2021 concluded with record numbers, positively reflecting on 2022, which is the first year in our journey towards the next 50 years, during which Dubai and the UAE seek to build the best global economy.
In December 2021, the overall monthly Index recorded 1.156 and an index price of AED 1,115,937, the apartments monthly Index recorded 1.182 and an index price of AED 1,000,253, and the villas/townhouses monthly Index recorded 1.167 and an index price of AED 1,990,496.
In Q4 2021, the overall quarterly Index recorded 1.181 and an index price of AED 1,118,218, The apartments quarterly Index recorded 1.184 and an index price of AED 1,000,054, and the villas/townhouses quarterly Index recorded 1.204 and an index price of AED 2,060,863.
In 2021, the overall yearly Index recorded 1.193 and an index price of AED 1,133,776, the apartments yearly Index recorded 1.201 and an index price of AED 1,041,679, and the villas/townhouses yearly Index recorded 1.198 and an index price of AED 1,961,679.
December 2021, in terms of overall index numbers, was the highest since February 2019 and the highest for index value since August 2018. For apartment numbers, last year was the highest in index numbers since March 2019 and for index value since April 2019. The index for villas/townhouses performed the best, with December 2021 being the highest for index number and index value since February 2019.
Overview on 2021
Dubai Real Estate had over 84,196 real estate transactions in 2021 worth almost AED 300 billion; the value of these transactions is the highest it's ever been in the recorded history of Dubai's real estate sector. Compared to 2020, the volume of transactions grew by 66.3%, and the value of transactions grew by 72%.
2021 broke a 12-year record in terms of real estate sales transactions value, with properties worth AED 151.07 billion sold throughout the year. The total number of real estate sales transactions that took place were also the highest since 2013.
In 2021, 59.6% of all transactions were for secondary/ready properties and 40.4% were for off-plan properties. When we look at the volume of sales transactions, the off-plan market transacted 24,761 properties worth a total of AED 45.5 billion, and the secondary market transacted 36,480 properties worth a total of AED 105.56 billion. This is also the highest secondary real estate sales transaction value since 2008.
2021, when compared to 2020, showed an increase of 74.77% in sales transaction volume and an increase of 110.19% in value. To put it in perspective, when we compare to pre-COVID, times such as 2019, 2021 showed an increase of 55.47% in volume and an increase of 90.10% in value.
Q4 2021 had a total 17,942 transactions worth AED 46.75 billion — both volume and value of transactions being the highest since Q4 2013.
In Q4 2021, 55.9% of all transactions were for secondary/ready properties and 44.1% were for off-plan properties. When we look at the volume of transactions, the off-plan market transacted 7,913 properties worth a total of AED 16.92 billion, and the secondary market transacted 10,029 properties worth a total of AED 29.82 billion.
Q4 2021, when compared to Q4 2020, showed an increase of 64.12% in sales transaction volume and an increase of 114.74% in value. Compared to Q4 2019, Q4 2021 showed an increase of 47.53% in volume and 97.59% in value.
Comparing Q4 2021 to Q3 2021, the volume of off-plan transactions increased by 14.53%, and the secondary/ready property sales transactions increased by 11.22%. The value of off plan sales transactions increased by 25.38%, and the value of secondary sales transactions increased by 3.36%. We have seen a surge in off-plan sales transactions in Q4, which is reflected in the fact that this is the highest volume and value of off-plan sales transactions in a given quarter since Q1 2010.