Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dubai Property Exec Upbeat About Sector

Source : The Business Times, November 11, 2008

(DUBAI) A top Dubai property development executive said on Sunday that the emirate's booming real estate sector would maintain growth despite the global crisis as demand continued to outstrip supply.

'Domestic demand for real estate continues to outstrip supply, and it will be so for several years,' Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of real estate giant Emaar, told participants at a World Economic Forum meeting in Dubai.

'This demand is real, and there is a positive shift now towards an end-user market,' he said, in an apparent reference to a reported exit by speculators from the sector which saw a significant overheating in past years.

Mr Alabbar shrugged off claims that Dubai's thriving economy was poised to slow down due to a drop in real estate, stressing that the city's economy has other driving sectors.

'For several analysts, the 'Dubai Inc' story is tied in to its real estate sector. They miss the mountain for the hill,' he said. 'The Dubai economy is driven by traditional sectors such as re-exports and trading; tourism and retail; transportation and logistics; manufacturing; the free zones and the business hubs for IT, media, financial services, education and health care,' he argued.

He claimed the impressive growth in real estate was 'Dubai's answer to the demand created by these traditional sectors'. -- AFP

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