Dubai sees rise in search for villas and large balconies

Families in Dubai have been looking for homes with outdoor space

Dubai sees rise in search for villas and large balconies

With the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been a major shift in rent and property in Dubai, with a focus on specific demands from buyers.

Recently, Dubai has seen a rise in rental relocations, seeing a 40 percent increase with a specific demand for villas and large balconies, according to recent reports from Sultan bin Ali Al Owais Real Estate (SAO).

The real estate conglomerate, which develops properties for rent across the UAE, has received a significant increase in inquiries between March and April 2020 for bigger apartments and villas with balconies.

The report notes a shift from previous years, as traditionally studios and smaller units are the highest in demand and the quickest to rent out.

“Lately, we have had a very specific surge in families looking for villas with large outside areas and specifically spacious apartments with balconies, to aid the social distancing shift in everyone’s lifestyle and increase in ‘Stay at Home’ activities,” said CEO of Sultan Bin Ali al Owais Real Estate Haleema Al Owais.

“We reached 100 percent occupancy across all our villas, and our larger units with balconies are the first being rented out since March, 2020.”

SAO manages a portfolio of over 2,500 properties across the UAE, meaning that’s quite a few villas and apartments that are now being rented out.

In April, a study from the UAE’s Property Finder and Mortgage Finder showed an increase in leads and sessions on their sites, along with an increase in searching for houses along with searches for “pool” and “garden” residential units – particularly in Dubai.

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