The Emirate of Dubai is known for its massive real estate development. It contributes to its position as a global real estate hub with an impressive array of renowned developers. The iconic Burj Al Arab, the majestic Palm Jumeirah and the awe-inspiring Burj Khalifa are just a few examples of what Dubai’s finest property developers can do.
We decided to pay our respects and introduce you to the best real estate developers in Dubai, collecting our top 5.
Emaar Properties started its activity in 1997. As one of the leading developers in the UAE, Emaar is interested in hospitality, retail, residential and commercial real estate. In addition to the United Arab Emirates, the company has a presence in several overseas markets such as North Africa and the Middle East.
The Dubai-based developer is responsible for a number of landmark projects in Dubai. Two pearls in the Emaar crown are Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the world. A relatively new addition to their portfolio is Dubai Opera, the first dedicated opera house in the UAE. In addition, Emaar have been the inspiration behind the Dubai Fountain and the choreographed fountain show, which is immensely popular with visitors and tourists alike.
Top residential developments from Emaar: Downtown Dubai, Emaar Beachfront, Dubai Marina, Arabian Ranches, The Meadows, The Lakes, The Greens and The Springs.
Omniyat has solidified its position as one of the best real estate developers in Dubai. One of the company’s most notable projects is Opus. Located in the prestigious Khalifa district, the building’s unique architecture is recognizable by its cubic structure with an amorphous hole in the center. The enchanting structure of mirrored glass, designed by Zaha Hadid, houses a hotel, apartments, restaurants, and offices.
In addition to the legendary Opus, Omniyat can be recognized by the prestigious complexes: The Residences, The Binary and Bayswater
Meraas is a Dubai-based holding company that has launched several developments in various sectors including real estate, retail, entertainment, healthcare, and hospitality. It was founded in 2007 and has developed dozens of popular projects since then: Boxpark, City Walk, La Mer Beach.
As one of the leading real estate developers in Dubai, Meraas is also credited with initiating a wide range of residential projects in the emirate. These include Port de la Mer, an unspoiled island community located in the heart of Jumeirah Island. Meraas’ Nikki Beach Resort and Spa, Caesars Palace Bluewaters, Bvlgari Resort and Residences.
Dubai Properties was founded in 2004 and operates in over 13 countries. Collectively, its portfolio of assets is valued at approximately AED 130 billion.
Developments include highly acclaimed projects: Residence in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubailand, Business Bay, Madinat Jumeirah Living and Marsa Al Arab
Nakheel is another well-known name that appears frequently on the list of Dubai’s top real estate developers. And for good reason. The company’s projects cover most of the country’s real estate sector – including entertainment complexes, retail, hospitality, commercial and residential projects.
One of Nakheel’s most notable projects is the massive Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The creation of an artificial archipelago was a feat in itself, considering it added over 300 kilometres to Dubai’s coastline.
Apart from the man-made island, Nakheel boasts a range of luxury projects. Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali Village, The Gardens, Nad Al Sheba Villas and International City, as well as Nakheel Mall, The Pointe, Dragon Mart, Dragon Mart 2, Ibn Battuta Mall, and Golden Mile Galleria.