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Abu Dhabi Real Estate Market Overview - Q4 2014

​Q4 2014 saw mixed performance across Abu Dhabi’s real estate markets. There was a short-term softening of the residential market. After two years of 25% annual growth, prime residential sales prices remained stable for the first time since Q1 2013 – due to the recent decline in oil prices, equities markets and investor sentiment.

Residential rental growth continued (4% growth during Q4 2014), but is expected to reduce from double-digit to single-digit annual growth this year due to the expected slowdown in government spending.

The Office market continues to recover, albeit slowly. Following the decline and subsequent stabilisation of rents since the market downturn, prime office rents achieved 5% quarterly growth for the second successive quarter as the supply-demand balance stabilises.

The Hospitality and Retail markets remained relatively stable during Q4. Hotel occupancies improving but ADRs remained under pressure. The retail market has seen significant new supply in Q4 (Yas Mall) and is now likely to remain stable pending the delivery of further super-regional malls in the medium term (2017/2018).

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