Chart: Why You Won't Buy a UAE Property

There are multiple reasons why UAE residents are not splurging the cash on a new property, but key amongst them is the sense of risk. Affordability and value are no longer the primary concerns.
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Caption: Cost is no longer the top reason you're not interested in buying a property, with "Risk" overtaking it. 12.47% of respondents are held back by the fact that there is no permanent residency tied to property ownership, and 8.9% of respondents are concerned whether there are adequate legal protections. What is clearly much less of a concern is value for money. It was chosen by only 6.61% of respondents as a reason why not to buy. Given the fall in house prices across the UAE, this is perhaps not so much of a surprise.

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