Annual rental rate in Dubai retail sector hit USD 1800 per sq. m.

Published November 10th, 2009 - 08:01 GMT

Dubai’s retail sector is witnessing a rise in annual rental rates, which has hit USD 1,800 per sq. m., according to a report by Global Investment House, a Kuwait based investment company and information partner of, the world’s first and leading global online information services provider. The report further reveals that there is an impending oversupply in retail spaces in the emirate, which is set to push rental rates downwards in the coming years. With aims of providing up-to-date information on the dynamic retail property sector, offers ‘RETAILFocus’, a product that leverages extensive and interlinked database on retail real estate markets for the benefit of buyers, investors and stakeholders.


Reports published by Cushman and Wakefield, an information partner of, have revealed that there is tightness in the availability of units in prime locations, with retailers increasing focus on AAA locations and their efforts to scale down presence in less profitable areas expected to result in downward adjustment in rents in secondary streets. Occupier demand is also expected to continue being selective and thus preventing global rental growth from spiking unless a period of recovery ensues.


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Dubai’s global repute as a premier leisure and shopping hub has created a significant impact on the local retail scene, with further statistics provided by Colliers International,’s information partner revealing that premium retail destinations such as Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Festival City and Burjuman have emerged as the most expensive in the UAE. Among the establishments that offer the most extensive gross leasable area (GLA) across the emirates are Dubai Mall (344,000 sq. m.), The Walk (1500 sq. m), Oasis Mall (60,000 sq. m.), Mirdiff City Centre (183,000 sq. m.), and Dubai Marina Mall (77,000 sq. m).


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