Emaar Properties Soars with a 70% Profit Jump in 2023: A Glance into Dubai’s Resilient Real Estate Market

Emaar Properties Soars with a 70% Profit Jump in 2023: A Glance into Dubai's Resilient Real Estate Market
Emaar's iconic skyline
Emaar’s iconic skyline

Dubai, a city synonymous with architectural marvels and opulence, continues to thrive in the real estate sector, with Emaar Properties leading the way. The company’s stellar financial performance in 2023, marked by a 70% annual surge in net profit to Dh11.6 billion ($3.2 billion), reflects the robust growth of the UAE’s property market. This blog post delves into Emaar’s impressive achievements, driven by increased property sales and the overall buoyancy in Dubai’s real estate landscape.

Emaar’s Profit Surge and Revenue Growth

Emaar’s net profit leap of 70% in 2023 can be attributed to a myriad of factors. The company’s revenue grew by 7% to Dh26.7 billion, fueled by a 15% year-on-year increase in property sales, totaling Dh40.3 billion. The revenue backlog from property sales stands at a promising Dh71.8 billion as of December 31, indicating a positive trajectory for future earnings.

Mohamed Alabbar, Founder of Emaar Properties
Mohamed Alabbar, Founder of Emaar Properties

Diverse Revenue Streams

Emaar’s success is not confined to property sales alone. The company’s shopping mall, retail, and commercial leasing operations reported revenue of Dh5.8 billion in 2023, showcasing a 21% increase driven by robust growth in tenant sales. The average occupancy rate of its mall assets reached an impressive 97% as of December 31.

Global Ventures and Expansion:

International Operations Impact

Emaar’s international real estate operations, contributing nearly 12% to the total revenue, recorded property sales of Dh2.9 billion. Notably, the company experienced a four-fold increase in property sales in India, driven by successful new launches. These international ventures add diversity and stability to Emaar’s revenue stream.

Credit Rating and Strategic Initiatives

In June, S&P Global Ratings upgraded Emaar Properties’ long-term issuer credit rating to “BBB,” with a stable outlook, based on expectations of continued robust business performance. This underlines the success of Emaar’s strategic initiatives undertaken in the past two years.

Economic Landscape and Market Rebound:

Dubai’s Real Estate Resurgence

Dubai’s property market rebounded strongly from the COVID-induced slowdown, supported by government initiatives and broader economic growth. The total value of real estate deals in the emirate reached Dh634 billion, marking an annual growth of 20% in the value of deals and 36% in the number of transactions.

Emaar Development’s Role

Emaar Development, a majority-owned subsidiary, played a pivotal role in this resurgence, recording property sales of Dh37.4 billion in 2023, up more than 21% from 2022. The division’s revenue reached Dh11.9 billion, with an 89% annual growth in EBITDA to Dh8 billion.

Tourism, Hospitality, and Recurring Revenue:

Tourism Boost and Hospitality Revenue

Dubai’s record-breaking annual tourism performance in 2023, with a 19.4% increase in international tourist arrivals to 17.15 million, has significantly contributed to Emaar’s success. The company’s hospitality, leisure, and entertainment divisions generated Dh3.4 billion in revenue, up 20% compared to 2022.

Recurring Revenue Milestones

Emaar’s recurring revenue from malls, hospitality, leisure, entertainment, and commercial leasing rose more than 26% annually to Dh9.2 billion in 2023, constituting over 34% of the company’s total revenue. This diverse revenue mix underscores Emaar’s resilience and adaptability in an ever-evolving market.

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The Dubai Real Estate Market Experiences


In conclusion, Emaar Properties’ exceptional financial performance in 2023 is a testament to Dubai’s enduring appeal in the global real estate landscape. With a strategic vision, diverse revenue streams, and a commitment to innovation, Emaar has positioned itself for sustained success in the coming years. As Dubai’s property market continues to thrive, Emaar remains at the forefront, shaping the city’s skyline and setting new benchmarks for the real estate industry.

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