Demand for new mixed-use developments and buildings for the hospitality sector has helped to support Dubai’s construction sector.

The total value of mixed-use developments completed in 2018 was $1.7bn, 8 per cent higher than during the previous year.

The hospitality sector saw an even bigger increase in completed projects, with the total for 2018 coming to $1.6bn, a 32 per cent increase on the prior year.

Other areas that saw an increase in completed projects included commercial, retail and education.

The 10 biggest real estate and construction projects completed in Dubai in 2017-18
Project Project sponsor Sector Value ($m)
Marsa al-Seef (Dubai Creek development) Meraas Holding Mixed-use 408
Caesars Palace (Bluewaters development) Meraas Holding Hospitality 381
Dubai Mall: Fashion Avenue expansion Emaar Retail 380
Reem: Mira Community Emaar Residential 338
Bluewaters Island: Wharf Retail Meraas Holding Retail 327
Palm Jumeirah: Serenia Residences Banian/Palma Real Estate Residential 290
Dubai Safari Dubai Municipality Leisure 272
Bulgari Resort Hotel & Marina Village Meraas Holding Mixed-use 264
St Regis Polo Resort and Club Al-Habtoor Group Mixed-use 245
Remraam housing community Dubai Properties Residential 150
Source: MEED Projects

Key projects completed in 2018 included Meraas Holding’s Marsa al-Seef (Dubai Creek development) and its Caesars Palace (Bluewaters development) project.

With contract values of $408m and $381m respectively, they were the two biggest real estate projects completed in Dubai during the 12-month period.

The Marsa al-Seef project included the construction of a floating market, three hotels with a total of more than 500 rooms, restaurants, art galleries and shops for Emirati handicrafts.

Caesars Palace has about 300 hotel rooms and 119 serviced apartments.

Despite increased activity in the hospitality sector, the total value of completed real estate and construction projects declined slightly for a second year in a row in Dubai.

In 2018, the total value of projects completed was $11.1bn, down 6 per cent from the previous year. In 2017, the value of projects competed declined by 18 per cent from 2016.

The construction area that saw the biggest decline in 2018 was residential. Projects worth $5.3bn were completed during the year, 26 per cent less than in 2017.

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