Dubai rent, sale prices continue quarterly fall

Agents expect further falls in Dubai rental values of up to 5 percent, according to the Property Monitor survey. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 July 2018

Dubai rent, sale prices continue quarterly fall

  • Rental payments made in four checks increased by 6 percent during 2Q
  • Off-plan sales accounted for the majority of the total in the second quarter of 2018

LONDON: Dubai’s residential property market witnessed a continued decline in rents and sales prices during the second quarter of 2018 according to a new report on the emirate’s real estate sector.

Figures released by Cavendish Maxwell, in its 2Q 2018 Dubai Market Report, registered quarterly declines of 1.1 percent in residential sales prices and an average 2.5 percent drop in rental values.


International City (Clusters), The Greens in Emirates Living, Discovery Gardens and Al-Furjan witnessed the most pronounced decline.

Drawing on data from the recent Property Monitor Residential Survey for 2Q 2018, the report showed that most rental agreements made during this period were for one check (38 percent), which marked a 12 percent decrease on the previous quarter.

Rental payments made in four checks increased by 6 percent during 2Q as landlords offer financial incentives to keep units occupied.

Off-plan sales accounted for the majority of the total in the second quarter of 2018, with Mohammed bin Rashid City, Business Bay and Jumeirah Village Circle leading the way.

Dubai Marina, International City and Dubai Sports City were at the forefront in secondary market apartment sales while Emirates Living and International City led in secondary market sales among villas and townhouses.

The survey also showed that most agents anticipate a further drop in princes and rents by up to 5 percent over 3Q 2018.

FASTFACTS

2.5%: Drop in Dubai rental values in the past three months. Residential sale prices fell by 1.1 percent.


Huawei in early talks with US firms to license 5G platform: executive

Updated 19 October 2019

Huawei in early talks with US firms to license 5G platform: executive

  • Currently there are no US 5G providers and European rivals Ericsson and Nokia are generally more expensive
  • Huawei has spent billions to develop its 5G technology since 2009

WASHINGTON: Blacklisted Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei is in early-stage talks with some US telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them, a Huawei executive told Reuters on Friday.
Vincent Pang, senior vice president and board director at the company said some firms had expressed interest in both a long-term deal or a one-off transfer, declining to name or quantify the companies.
“There are some companies talking to us, but it would take a long journey to really finalize everything,” Pang explained on a visit to Washington this week. “They have shown interest,” he added, saying conversations are only a couple of weeks old and not at a detailed level yet.
The US government, fearing Huawei equipment could be used to spy on customers, has led a campaign to convince allies to bar it from their 5G networks. Huawei has repeatedly denied the claim.
Currently there are no US 5G providers and European rivals Ericsson and Nokia are generally more expensive.
In May, Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms equipment provider, was placed on a US blacklist over national security concerns, banning it from buying American-made parts without a special license.
Washington also has brought criminal charges against the company, alleging bank fraud, violations of US sanctions against Iran, and theft of trade secrets, which Huawei denies.
Rules that were due out from the Commerce Department earlier this month are expected to effectively ban the company from the US telecoms supply chain.
The idea of a one-off fee in exchange for access to Huawei’s 5G patents, licenses, code and know-how was first floated by CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei in interviews with the New York Times and the Economist last month. But it was not previously clear whether there was any interest from US companies.
In an interview with Reuters last month, a State Department official expressed skepticism of Ren’s offer.
“It’s just not realistic that carriers would take on this equipment and then manage all of the software and hardware themselves,” the person said. “If there are software bugs that are built in to the initial software, there would be no way to necessarily tell that those are there and they could be activated at any point, even if the software code is turned over to the mobile operators,” the official added.
For his part, Pang declined to predict whether any deal might be signed. However, he warned that the research and development investment required by continuously improving the platform after a single-transfer from Huawei would be very costly for the companies.
Huawei has spent billions to develop its 5G technology since 2009.