RAK lifestyle lures investment worth over AED1 billion

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99 nationalities, led by British, German, Indian and Russian investors choose Northern Emirate’s popular Al Hamra Village community as prime investment location and residential destination of choice says leading market developer

Al Hamra Village Sea View
Al Hamra Village Sea View

Its multicultural community is a hallmark of the popular Al Hamra Village neighbourhood in Ras Al Khaimah, as leading market developer Al Hamra Real Estate Development reveals in its latest investor nationality statistics for its flagship community.

According to Barry Ebrahimy, Head of Commercial for the company, the established community has welcomed investors from a total of 99 countries since it was first launched in 2003, led by demand from the UK, Germany, India, Russia and the UAE.

“To date, we have seen over AED1 billion invested with British investors accounting for over AED400 million, Germans AED106 million, Indians AED115 million and Russians AED150 million. All of our investor are attracted by the exceptional value Al Hamra and Ras Al Khaimah offers once compared to other neighbouring marketsin UAE,” he said.

In its latest report, the RAK-based developer shared a full breakdown of its owner-tenant mix, and revealed that 44% of residents hail from the UK and Europe with 20% from the UAE/GCC, 13% from Asia/Oceania and the remaining 23% encompassing MENA, the Americas and Africa.

The top five investors by nationality are the UK (20.73%), Russia (7.25%), India (6.19%) and Germany (5.17%). Says Ebrahimy: “We have a true league of nations under our roof with investors from virtually every corner of the globe including Mozambique, Dominican Republic, Fiji and even North Korea.”

“We offer the combination of affordable luxury, an inclusive, friendly and secure lifestyle with ample leisure pursuits, retail outlets, excellent schools nearby plus the confidence of a quality product within a mixed-use community. If you compare property prices and rental rates in Ras Al Khaimah against Dubai, for example, there are clear benefits when it comes to Al Hamra’s value proposition,” added Ebrahimy.

Data released at the recent Cityscape Global 2016 exhibition by regional real estate company Asteco, put the average rental price of a one-bedroom apartment in Dubai at AED 89,000, with two and three-bed units going for AED 126,000 and AED 167,000 respectively.

Villas meanwhile, rent from an average of AED205,000 to AED313,000 per annum for a three to five-bedroom.

“Average rental rates at Al Hamra are definitely bucking the overall UAE trend with a studio available for AED32,000, one beds for a very acceptable AED48,000, a two-bedroom unit for AED67,500 and our top end five-bedroom villas at around AED 325,000; all of which represent a compelling value option for tenants,” said Ebrahimy.

While that’s great news for tenants looking for quality but on a budget, a vital consideration, sales prices for Al Hamra homes also offer unrivalled value.

According to the Asteco research, apartments in popular Dubai areas including Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dubai Marina range from AED1,180 to AED 1,420 per square foot, in Business Bay, DIFC and Downtown Dubai prices vary from AED 1,345, AED1,650 and AED2,000 per square foot respectively.

Villas in Dubai’s established communities such as Arabian Ranches, the Meadows and, at the top end, Palm Jumeirah, are selling from anywhere between AED1,125 per square foot (Arabian Ranches) to AED2,245 per square foot (Palm Jumeirah).

“Comparable units in Al Hamra Village, including the latest addition to our portfolio, the three, four and six-bedroomed Bayti homes, are selling for between AED 536 and AED 714 per square foot. Our average sales rates across the villas is AED 642 per square foot, representing outstanding investment opportunities, particularly with the array of villa sizes and configurations we have available,” he notes.

About Al Hamra Real Estate Development:

Al Hamra Real Estate Development is a leading real estate developer in the Middle East. It has established itself as a significant and dynamic master developer in the UAE with world class iconic destinations such as Al Hamra Village, an integrated mixed-used community, located in Ras Al Khaimah on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, just 45 minutes from Dubai and only 20 minutes from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, Falcon Island, an exclusive residential island surrounded by pristine beaches and Al Hamra Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course with a 9-hole floodlit Academy course, that will be the host venue to the European Challenge Tour 2016 in Ras Al Khaimah. AHRED has won 16 prestigious international awards in the last three years, including 13 International Property Awards, a symbol of excellence throughout the global real estate industry.