DUBAI HOSPITALITY MARKET FOCUS: 2018-2020

Cavendish Maxwell report provides an outlook for the Dubai hospitality real estate llUlU”ket segment as occupancy rates decline due to increased supply Overall occupancy rates increased by 0.5% in Dubai during 2017, predominantly due to expected supply not entering the market and an increase in recorded guest numbers. However, as of Q2 2018, increases in […]

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Delivering a new economic future

Moe Abeidat, CTO at Property Monitor, analyses what sort of impact the latest amendments to residency laws in the UAE will have on the country’s real estate market This May, the UAE Cabinet announced a number of amendments to current residency laws, a move that has created a stir in the country’s real estate market, […]

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The Problem of Existing Building Stock

A noticeable shift in trend in the construction sector during 2017 has been a growing awareness amongst clients and consultants of the ageing building stock in the region. Words like refurbishment, retrofit and re-use have become commonplace in meetings, conferences and debates, and the ‘existing building problem’ is the elephant in the room that is […]

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Progression of Fire Safety in the UAE

Prior to 2010, the UAE had limited fire regulations, the design of towers being dependent on the Building Code, and designer adoption of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Building Contracting (IBC) guidelines. Due to recent tower fires, Dubai has been working towards adopting tougher fire regulations. The revisions in the UAE’s 2013 […]

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Homeowners Get Smart

Smart Homes Over the past few decades, technology has gradually developed and become more integrated into the built environment, influencing the way we live and work in our buildings.  “Smart Home” is the term commonly used to define a residence that has installations such as lighting, air conditioning, audio, video and security systems that are […]

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Affordable Demand

Dubai Q3 residential market review In 2017 residential property transaction prices traded within a close range of AED 1.25 to 1.5 million for apartments and AED 1.7 to 2.1 million for villas/townhouses on average. The lower priced inventory continued to enter the market in locations such as Dubailand for villas and Dubai South, Jumeirah Village Circle […]

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All the Small Things

Nick Constantine, senior surveyor at Cavendish Maxwell, looks at how advancements in building material technology are changing how we view the fundamentals of construction. As many of the world’s leading technological hubs maintain focus on transforming into smart cities that use information communication technology (ICT) and the internet of things [loT] to integrate city-wide infrastructure, […]

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The Challenge Ahead

Nick Constantine, senior surveyor in the Project and Building Consultancy department at Cavendish Maxwell, says that while green building legislation is a welcome development in the UAE, there is still plenty of work to do. Green building put simply, is the development of high quality buildings that have as minimal of an effect on the […]

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Identify and audit – lessons from a tragedy

In response to the Tamweel Tower fire back in 2012 there was a revision of legislation in Dubai regarding the combustibility of cladding and provision of fire stops in voids, two major sources of fire spreading. Since the Tamweel fire, Dubai has seen further fires break out exposing similar cladding issues including Torch and Salafa towers in […]

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