Kash Kanjwani, Director at Sky View Real Estate Brokers said: “For any mature market there has to be balance between luxury properties and affordable properties. Previously developers had tried to launch affordable properties, however due to speculators and high demand some of these properties appreciated at such high rate that they reached the same price point as luxury properties.
“With new regulations in place, the speculation of properties has been controlled and because mortgage LTV has been limited at 50% for off plan projects, most developers are offering easy payment plans and the right pricing. Demand for affordable housing is now greater than ever and we look forward to showcasing our next project at Cityscape Global.”
Emirates NBD will be joined by four other banks offering competitive mortgage rates and advice at Cityscape Global. These include Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, First Gulf Bank, Commercial Bank of Dubai and National Bank of Abu Dhabi.
YouGov’s Head of Real Estate Research, Lara Al Barazi commented, “The study highlights positive sentiment across the board. Investors, potential home buyers as well as real estate professionals are expecting growth to continue in the Dubai real estate market in the coming year. The most positive news is the extent of trust investors place in the residential property market, which reveals the high potential this sector has and the importance of understanding what appeals most amongst prospective buyers.”
Welcoming more than 300 exhibitors from around the world, Cityscape Global has been extended by two additional exhibition halls – four more halls since the 2013 event – covering more than 40,000sqm of exhibition space.
Taking a new format this year, the Cityscape Global Conference will be staged the day before the exhibition at Conrad Hotel Dubai.
YouGov will be exclusively presenting their findings from a 1,500 strong study of UAE Real Estate Market Sentiment, looking specifically at the future outlook from investors, real estate professionals and potential home buyers during the morning of the conference.
The new format is expected to facilitate more than 800 senior real estate professionals and government officials who will explore opportunities and find solutions to key challenges affecting the industry today.
Also running in tandem with the exhibition is the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets. The awards programme attracts hundreds of entries from developers and architects behind real estate developments across emerging markets globally. Winners will be announced at an elaborate ceremony taking place at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai on 8 September.