Aldar sells out plots in second phase of Al Gurm development

All 71 plots were exclusively available for purchase by Emiratis and have beachfront access

Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi’s biggest listed developer, has sold 71 new plots of land at its Al Gurm development in the capital as demand for its prime projects surge amid the continued recovery of the property market.

The plots in the second phase of the waterfront community, which comprises a series of archipelago-style islands on the south-western side of Abu Dhabi’s main island, were exclusively available for purchase by Emiratis, the company said on Sunday.

“We continue to see demand for a wide range of real estate investment opportunities in Abu Dhabi, as evidenced by multiple sell-out launches of turnkey developments on Yas Island and Saadiyat Island in recent months and now the completion of land plot sales at Al Gurm," said Rashed Al Omaira, Aldar Development's chief commercial officer.

Aldar had launched the sale in July, offering buyers plot sizes that ranged in size from 900 square metres to 4,400 square metres, with each having access to beaches in three distinct areas of the development – The Beach, The Canal and The Island.

The development's first phase was completed in 2010 and the construction of the second phase is scheduled to begin in September, with handovers expected from March 2024, according to Aldar.

The Abu Dhabi developer has unveiled several projects this year as the property market continues to recover from the coronavirus-induced slowdown on the back of economic stimulus measures and a rapid mass vaccination programme.

Last month Aldar sold all 83 villas at its Saadiyat Island development, Saadiyat Reserve, The Dunes, to customers from 14 countries, with Emiratis as main buyers.

This followed the success of villa plot sales in Saadiyat Reserve’s first two phases, the company said at the time.

Villa prices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi grew by 3.9 per cent and by 2.2 per cent respectively on a quarterly basis at the end of the first quarter, property consultancy Chestertons said in a report earlier this year.

Aldar plans to unveil five new projects in 2021 on Reem, Saadiyat and Yas Islands as it aims to equal or surpass its 2020 sales of Dh3.6 billion ($980 million), Jonathan Emery, chief executive of Aldar Development, told The National in an interview in May.

Updated: August 2nd 2021, 10:53 AM