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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Flat rents make Dubai towers a bargain, Knight Frank says

The emirate’s average fees are seven times cheaper than Hong Kong

The Burj Khalifa (centre) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tower rents in tyhe city offer excellent value, says Knigh Frank. Tasneem Alsultan/Bloomberg
The Burj Khalifa (centre) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tower rents in tyhe city offer excellent value, says Knigh Frank. Tasneem Alsultan/Bloomberg

Dubai’s tower rents have remained flat in the first half of this year, making them seven times cheaper than Hong Kong, the world’s most expensive city for leasing offices in buildings more than 30 storeys tall.

The emirate’s tower office rents averaged US$44 per square foot compared with $304 per sq ft rent for a similar space in Hong Kong, says a report from the consultancy Knight Frank. The city ranked at 18 out of 23 cities surveyed.

Dubai’s tall building rents had the sixth most competitive rates in the first half.

“Given the range of striking skyscrapers which Dubai has to offer we do not see a premium paid for higher floors in skyscrapers,” said Matthew Dadd, a partner for commercial agency at Knight Frank. “Occupiers’ priorities are focused on the efficiency of the floor plates as well as the amenities, vertical transportation and location of the building.”

Hong Kong is followed by New York, San Francisco and London, while Toronto’s towers have the highest rental growth rate, increasing 11.9 per cent in the first half of this year.

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Dubai is also faring well in terms of cost of office space in the technology and creatives districts.

Rents in Dubai’s Media City free zone are $43.55 per sq ft, less than half of those in London, ranking it at 13 out of 29 districts surveyed. Shoreditch in London was the world’s most expensive tech area at $90.75 per sq ft almost on par with rents in London’s main financial district.

“Dubai continues to grow as a regional hub for tech and media companies looking to service the Arabic regional market,” said Mr Dadd. “Media City and Internet City in Dubai provide a cluster of like-minded companies and a hub for innovation which continues to attract global occupiers mirroring the profile of other global tech hubs.”

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