Dubai Real Estate Market Overview February 2022


February’s extraordinary performance marks a new all-time high for the month compared to previous years.

The Dubai property market had a total sales value of over AED 16.4B, a 124% surge, with over 6,300 transactions, at an increase of 70% compared to last year’s February sales. Remarkably, there are more cash buyers in the market; mortgage declined by -27.3% vs. Feb 2021 to 1,580 transactions worth AED 6.6B (-16 % in value vs. Feb 2021) Which might indicate a higher number of investors than end-users. Also, there’s an increase in the prices in all major property types such as off-plan apartments which went up by 15% compared to Feb 2021 and 32% compared to Feb 2014.

Transactions Breakdown

Apartment sales were responsible for the majority of the transactions. 

  • Over 4,000 apartments were sold, up nearly 57% vs. 2021, amounting to AED 6.8B. ​​
  • Over 1,150 villa transactions took place, up nearly 74% vs. 2021, amounting to AED 3.1B.
  • Nearly 870 plots were sold, which is up over 170% compared to 2021, amounting to AED 6B.
  • Over 261 commercial property transactions took place, up over 54% compared to 2021, amounting to over AED 450M. There were 33 commercial off-plan transactions vs. only 1 transaction in Feb - 2021.

Top Performing Areas

Over 600 off-plan and ready property transactions occurred in Business Bay, keeping the bustling business center to the top of our list. 


  • Off-Plan: Meydan One - 349 transactions
  • Ready-Made: Business Bay - 243 transactions


  • Off-Plan: Villanova - 147 transactions
  • Ready-Made: Dubai Hills - 33 transactions


  • Off-Plan: Jumeirah Lake Towers - 14 transactions
  • Ready-Made: Business Bay - 87 transactions

Property Sales Volume by Price Range

Properties sold for between AED 1-2 million composed 33% of the total sales volume with over 2,100 transactions.

Transactions made below AED 1M accounted for 35% of all sales, with over 2,200 transactions made.


January Property Sales Volume by Price Range (off-plan/ready-made combined, all property types)

Ready villas are seeing growth from buyers aged 36 to 40. This age group purchased nearly 10% more villas than in February of 2021 and now makes up for 24% of the ratio of buyers in this property category. 

Off-plan vs. Ready Property

Ready-made and off-plan property sales are now tied, with the numbers currently sitting at around 2,500 per month. The off-plan sales increased by 111% compared to Feb 2021 whereas the increase in the ready property sale was only 32%.


(Every property type, in all locations)


Off-Plan Sales Volume

  • Villas: 494
  • Apartments: 2,084
  • Commercial property: 33

Ready Sales Volume

  • Villas: 259
  • Apartments: 1,979
  • Commercial property: 228

You can check the best selling projects here.

Dubai Property Price Change

The prices for Dubai property continue to increase, showing a strong will in the region. Growing concerns regarding world conflict have not swayed investing activity.

  • Ready Apartment: Price per sqft AED 1,100 (⬆37.30 vs. Feb 2021) 
  • Ready Commercial: AED Price per sqft AED 845 (⬆21.70 vs. Feb 2021)
  • Ready Plot: Price per sqft AED 991 (⬆114.10 vs. Feb 2021)
  • Ready Villa: Price per sqft AED 763 (⬆5.30 vs. Feb 2021)
  • Off-plan Apartment: Price per sqft AED 1,558 (⬆15.30 vs. Feb 2021)
  • Off-plan Commercial: Price per sqft AED 993 (1.50 vs. Feb 2021)
  • Off-plan Villa: Price per sqft AED 839 (⬆5.80 vs. Feb 2021)

Buyer Demographics


Over 31% of the buyers were female, forming 2,680 female investors/buyers. Women’s purchases are steadily increasing in the region.


Ready apartments are seeing growth from buyers aged 41 to 45. At an increase of over 25% compared to the same period in 2021, this age group is now responsible for 20% of transactions in this property category.

Ready Apartments - Buyer Age - February 2022

Ready villas are seeing growth from buyers aged 36 to 40. This age group purchased nearly 10% more villas than in February of 2021 and now makes up for 24% of the ratio of buyers in this property category. 

Ready Villas - Buyer Age - February 2022

Property Supply

New upcoming projects

  1. "DAMAC HILLS (2) - AMARGO 2" in Al Yufrah 2 by Front Line Investment Management L L C
  2. "DAMAC HILLS - GOLF GATE" in Al Hebiah Third by Damac Crescent Properties Llc
  3. "City Center Residences" in Burj Khalifa by Dar Al Arkan Properties L.L.C
  4. "Welcome Residency" in Al Barsha South Third by Alseeb Real Estate Development
  5. "Binghatti Creek" in Al Jadaf by Binghatti Developers Fze

Completed projects

 Almost 15 projects comprised of over 5,000 properties completed in Feb 2022.

  • Collective 2.0 - 495 units
  • Binghatti Point - 126 units
  • Vardon @ Akoya Oxygen - 692 units
  • Pacifica @ Akoya Oxygen - 640 units
  • Al Habtoor City (Meera) - 370 units
  • Elite Downtown Residence - 449 units
  • District One Phase III, Residences ( 1,2,3,4) - 166 units
  • Lawnz Residence By Danube - 1,064 units
  • Sobha Hartland Villas - Phase II - 24 units
  • Madinat Jumeriah Living - Phase 2 - 364 units
  • Hera Tower - 529 units
  • Acuna @ Akoya Oxygen - 33 units

** Completion is based on the inspection of 100% progress.

Top five projects with the most expensive sold apartments:

  1. AED 69M      Dorchester Collection Dubai
  2. AED 63M      The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences
  3. AED 48M      One at Palm Jumeirah
  4. AED 45M      Serenia Residences 
  5. AED 40M      The Address Residences - Dubai Opera - Downtown

Top five areas with the most expensive sold villas:

  1. ​​AED 61 M Emirates Living
  2. AED 43 M Dubai Hills - Hills View Community
  3. AED 30 M Villa Amalfi
  4. AED 22 M Nad Al Shiba Third
  5. AED 23 M MBR City

Key Takeaways

The market is strong for both ready-property and off-plan, with the two categories’ transaction numbers being nearly identical. 

  • The market had a total sales value of over AED 16.4B, at an astronomical 124% surge compared to February 2021. 
  • Properties priced below AED 2M accounted for 68% of total transactions.
  • Mortgage transactions declined by -27.3% vs. Feb 2021, indicating a growing number of investors (cash buyers). 

For more information on the state of Dubai’s property market and trends, have a quick look at our Interactive Reporting Tool.


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