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Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2008

Discussion in 'UAE Property' started by Investoman_uae, May 13, 2008.

  1. Investoman_uae

    Investoman_uae New Member

    Today was the first day of Cityscape in Abu Dhabi.

    Any of you guys went? Any comments? observations? Thoughts? Experiences? Please share them here.

    I went this morning, long drive from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi.... it was pretty busy at the hall...and people had to queue up for registration for atleast half an hour. Once you go in, its like theres a billion people there.

    The big developers had very few sales persons around, so you got to be the luckiest person on earth to be able to chat to one of them. None of them had prices... one of them said "You have to wait for the CEO to arrive, he has the prices with him".... yeah right... hes doin deals in his office with his big abu dhabi mates before we lil fish get the prices.

    I went to a stall which had alot of people around, so I managed to get to the front just to see what the big fuss is about. Well, they were selling one beders for 1900/sqft.... and people there were literally throwin cheques at the poor sales woman... she was really embarassed and didnt know how to deal with them.... but things didnt get any better when she said " I have 2 units left, which one of you wants it".... I just thought, great move lady! Just great!

    Anyway, its really stupid to see people signing cheques and dont even know what view the apartment they are buying has, or which floor its on, or where the hell it is on Al Reem Island... what developments are nearby... its slightly cheaper than market for a reason.

    Market was at around 2000/sq.ft today. The better developments like Tameer's were at 2400/sq.ft.

    Anyways, who was there today? Whats your views??

    Did you notice the number of cuties there? My god!... it was worth the a 3 hr trip from Sharjah :D While those loosers were tryin to grab some deals, throwin their cheques around...... I was chattin up some cute there!.... LOOSERSSSS.

  2. Roshan

    Roshan New Member

    I liked the cuties part :D

    Good one on the cuties. Every Cityscape in Dubai, I take a 3 day off to cover the stalls and of course the cuties.

    Dhs 1900 psf is a price which does not make sense. Just put these prices on the "Easy to use mortgage calculator " which I have posted and see how much you are on negative cash flow. Any investment you want to analyse, the best is to put it on the mortgage calculator, it works out the figures for you.

    I did an analysis on a 1BDR ( 1000 sq ft ) at 1800 dhs psf. Fed in all the numbers and the result was a negative cash flow of Dhs 76,000, if you are renting out at Dhs 96,000 per year which is a realistic rent for a 1 BDR in Abudhabi.

    Developers are increasing the prices. Investors are going mad...are these classic signs of overheat :confused:

    If people do not work numbers, then you have people throwing cheques as what you said.

    I could be wrong. Hope things work out for them.


  3. memo123

    memo123 Member

    "Developers are increasing the prices. Investors are going mad...are these classic signs of overheat :confused:

    Dear Roshan
    You are not confused things have all the signs of boiling, not over heating
    when you see all these signes it just means the end is very near , pop,pop,pop
  4. Investoman_uae

    Investoman_uae New Member


    Your analysis using the mortgage calculator is not valid, correct me if am wrong. The property is offplan, under contruction... so the rental aspect of the investment does not come in until its completed.

    When its completed in 2009 or 2010... you will have to consider the rent at that time... no one will kno for sure, but a one bedroom should fetch in excess of 100,000 in Abu Dhabi...way in excess. Al Reem Island is Abu Dhabi's Business Bay style development. And its an island.

    At the moment, the people who are buying these properties are in it to make money... flip it in few months and make some cash.... it will be difficult for the end-buyer.... if he was to rent it out though. Capital appreciation is faster than rental appreciation... this is the main problem with these developments.

  5. Investoman_uae

    Investoman_uae New Member

    I dont think there will be an end in the way you are predicting... this is abu dhabi, the richest of all the emirates... billions of dirhams are spent on infrastructures and to ensure these projects function well as investments.

    Also its an oil backed economy....oil prices are rising.... oh and tourism is on the growth, more people want to come to this country to live and work since life in other parts of the world particularly the west is becoming more difficult.... with taxes, declining economies, cost of food etc.

  6. memo123

    memo123 Member

    Hope you are right

    for our sake at least . oh by the way are u living in Abu Dhabi and if so
    how do u see alreem island projects with all these huge buildings at outrageous prices
    of 2800-2900 sq ft
    are these prices sensible , and if we enter here , how high can prices go?
  7. Roshan

    Roshan New Member


    I went back to the mortgage calculator and went on increasing the rent from Dhs 8,000 per month to Dhs 14,900 per month ( amounts to a rent of Dhs 178,800 per year ) until I moved from negative cash flow to a positive cash flow of Dhs 473. At the Palm you can rent a 2 BDR for that kind of money. I don't think whether now or 5 years from now, Abudhabi will enjoy a rent of Dhs 178,000 for a 1 BDR. Don't forget the other developments which will come in.

    As I said Abudhabi is more of an equity market and not a rental one. Abudhabi is not trade focussed like Dubai and only enjoys wht it gets out of oil.

    Chances of loosing your shirt along with pants are more :D


  8. Roshan

    Roshan New Member

    Outrageously high. The numbers do not make sense.

  9. Investoman_uae

    Investoman_uae New Member

    No, prices have not reached 2800/sqft in Al Reem. Yesterday, the most expensive I believe were Tameer's prices at 2400/sq.ft.... I didnt see any higher prices.

    I am living in Sharjah, so I am at the centre of UAE.

    If you want to buy in Al Reem I can talk to my contacts in Abu Dhabi, they get the best deals going around. I am not an Agent, I am a Professional Valuer, but I do have friends who are agents.

  10. memo123

    memo123 Member

    Re : tameer

    I called Tameer today to be exact the sq ft is i was qouted was 2770/sq ft
    is what i got when i called tameer in city scape
    also last week damac was selling with 5% discount the harbor hights for 2900/sq ft, I dont live in Dubai
    and if u can find me somthing in tameer i wud be very thankfull
  11. Investoman_uae

    Investoman_uae New Member

    I was at the Tameer stand couple of days ago in Cityscape and my friend is the head of sales at tameer.... you tell me exactly what you are after and il try to find you somethin good in Tameer towers... I cant guarantee anythin because it was all sold out but she can find me something nice.

    I didnt want to buy at tameer, I bought elsewhere a big one bed apartment at 1824/sq.ft couple of days before cityscape.

    If I find anything il let you know.

  12. LuckyNumber

    LuckyNumber New Member

    I bought in Helix Tower - in Reem. Price is now at 2900 - amazing tower by Arady, designed by a Canadian firm of architects.

    I also bought a Nurai villa - nurai it has an 18 metre indoor pool if anyone is interested!
  13. memo123

    memo123 Member

    pls refer me to your friend

    names pls ohone numbers all, if u have them pls pm me
  14. memo123

    memo123 Member

    DAY by day I feel I am in the wronge blog
    the guys and madamas here talk of millions of dollars that is really unreal
    to pay for 1 sq ft almost 1000 $ is abit hard to swollow
    may be i should give it up all toghther this is depressing
  15. memo123

    memo123 Member

    2900/sq ft

    where do u see the up side on this property ? 4-5000 sq/ft
    is that possible ?
  16. memo123

    memo123 Member

    any one here knows what JVC stands for?
  17. nemo11

    nemo11 New Member

    don't get dishearted, its a matter of luck and looking around...try the gulfnews or the estate agents in dubai...i bought in tameer towers A back in oct and it's really worth getting in there, in my opinion, if you buy in a secure area ie Al Reem Island then you are least effected by any bubble that might burst. I'm from Dublin in Ireland and at the moment our bubble has well and truely burst, the only place where property prices are still rising though is in the city centre/financial area.
  18. Halogen

    Halogen New Member

    Jumeirah Village Circle
  19. memo123

    memo123 Member


    this is in jumairah village south?
    sori got to ask
  20. Roshan

    Roshan New Member

    Jumairah Village circle
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