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Middle-income expats priced out of Dubai luxury

Shortage of affordable homes and reduction in overseas allowances pushing them to less glamorous areas of the city far from the office, or to neighbouring Sharjah

Dubai developers focus on high-margin luxury projects as middle-range apartment blocks are difficult to make a profit on without subsidised land. This year, they have launched projects totalling 19,500 homes, of which JLL estimates only 22 per cent would meet its definition of affordable for the middle-income bracket.


WHILE Dubai continues to pump out sumptuous new apartment blocks, for a rising number of expatriates, the city no longer offers the luxury lifestyle that lured many foreigners to the Gulf.

A shortage of affordable homes and a reduction in overseas allowances since the