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Dubai Prime Residential Market volumes increase by 44% in Q1 2019


Over 1,737 villas and 6,194 apartments were transacted within the first quarter of 2019 in the overall residential market. Volume of transactions in the secondary market was AED 20.4 billion, compared to AED 18.5 billion in Q4 2018 (a 10% increase), according to analysis by Luxhabitat based on data by Property Monitor. This indicates an uptick in the Dubai Residential Market in terms of volume and number of units sold. The average price per square foot also went up, although by only 2.5%.

Off-plan registration volumes also increased by 28% from the previous quarter to AED 7.4 billion. The Dubai Harbour area recorded nearly five times the registrations compared to the previous quarter at AED 554 million. The off-plan villa market recorded a 61% increase in sales volume and more than double the units were sold.  The off-plan apartments also reported a 10% increase in sales volume at AED 8.7 billion.

Prime Residential Market

The prime residential market in Q1 2019 totalled AED 10.6 billion, which is approximately 44% higher than the previous quarter. Luxhabitat defines the prime residential  market as a residential market composed of properties that lie on the high-end spectrum of the Dubai residential market. Luxhabitat recognises 15 key areas that form part of this classification; the areas are Al Barari, Arabian Ranches, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai Creek Harbour, Business Bay,Emirates Hills, Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Mohammed bin Rashid city, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Palm Jumeirah, The Lakes, Meadows, & Victory Heights.

The top 3 areas in terms of sales volume were Downtown Dubai (AED 2.3 billion), MBR City (AED 2.1 billion) and Business Bay (AED 1.2 billion).

5 Best Prime Residential Areas in Terms of Sales Volume

Area Sales Volume

Downtown Dubai


MBR City


Business Bay


Palm Jumeirah


Dubai Marina




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