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Evan here, continuing yesterday’s post. I am sure you lost sleep in anticipation…
We believe that the level of participation at the recent Dubai conferences can be viewed as a barometer of market optimism. If the barometer is working, then there is some cause for hope. Over 70,000 people from 150 countries were in attendance at Cityscape Dubai 2008 last week and over 1500 participants from 150 countries showcased projects. This represented record participation by both local and international developers and is a substantial sign of confidence in the UAE’s economy and real-state market, notwithstanding the global financial crisis.
At present there are more than 250 major civil construction projects, worth $120 billion, in the Gulf region. Many of these are in the bidding stage. Only a day before Cityscape Dubai 2008 opened its doors, Nakheel announced it will build a new building in Dubai with world-record height as part of a $38 billion project. The building will reach about one kilometer in height and will be substantially taller than the current tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai. The Burj Dubai is almost finished and is 40% taller than any other building in the world.
Bullish executives, as we know, can’t always be trusted, but listen to Peter Riddoch, CEO of DAMAC Properties Dubai: “We believe Dubai has the potential to become the most expensive commercial real estate destination in the world in the coming years. The demand and prices for office spaces is increasing; according to a recent report by Colliers International, Dubai is ranked third in terms of global office real estate construction activity, behind Moscow and Shanghai.” The office occupancy rate in Dubai has been reported to be over 98% in ’08.
More positive buzz after the jump.