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Survey - UHNWIs prefer Dubai as their primary residence

Latest News Dubai 20 Mar 23
Survey - UHNWIs prefer Dubai as their primary residence
Dubai has become a haven for ultra-high net worth individuals in the past few years.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
20 March 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 March 2023, 12:00 AM

The majority – 66 per cent – of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) who have brought property in Dubai use it as their primary residence, says a new report. This reflects the preference millionaires have to live and enjoy the quality of life that the emirate offers.

In cooperation with Wealth-X and Realm, The Residential Real Estate 2023 report released by Altrata revealed that there are 830 UHNWIs, or millionaires with assets of $30 million-plus (over Dh110 million) who are primary and secondary homeowners. Of them, 66.7 per cent are primary residents, while 33.3 per cent are secondary homeowners.

As many as 90 per cent of them are male and nine per cent female millionaires. The majority – 60.9 per cent – are self-made, 36.2 per cent are inherited/self-made, and 2.9 per cent solely inherited the wealth. Interestingly, 1.4 per cent of Dubai millionaires own personal jets while 0.7 per cent are yacht owners.

Dubai has been a haven for millionaires in the past few years who migrated in large numbers to the emirate during and post-pandemic.

Wealthy individuals often have multiple homes and business interests in multiple locations. The Residential Real Estate 2023 study by Altrata compares Dubai with Los Angeles and Monaco, another two hotspots for the rich from around the world.

Dubai’s ultra-wealthy homeowners are younger than those in the other two cities and mainly comprise primary residents.

“In terms of the interests and hobbies of these ultra-wealthy homeowners, Dubai is the only city of the three in which technology ranks highly, behind sports and public speaking,” the report said.

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