Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Dubai property turmoil rebounds on UK buyers

Britons who bought second homes in Dubai have been left nursing heavy losses since its property bubble burst.

House prices in Dubai were already falling sharply before State-owned investment firm Dubai World asked for delays in repaying part of its debt, in a move that will further knock confidence in the country.

Around 47% has been wiped off the value of property in Dubai during the year to the end of September, according to the Global Property Guide, although the group said the falls followed massive gains seen during the previous year.

The main problem is a massive oversupply due to Dubai’s recent construction boom.

But while the country was once popular with Britons looking to buy second homes abroad, with people attracted by its sunny climate and double digit returns on property, demand has recently nose-dived.

Not only are prices falling, but would-be overseas buyers are also facing a struggle to raise the finance they need to purchase a property.

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