Gulf News, 22 November 2018
Dubai: Over the years, the number of millionaires and multi-millionaires has increased exponentially. And as their wealth continues to grow, the business-minded leisure class travel the world a great deal, snapping up luxurious mansions and penthouses on foreign shores to diversify their assets.
The latest report by research firm New World Wealth showed that Dubai remains one of the favourite destinations for the super-rich who are on the lookout for second homes, ranking fifth globally for the second year in a row.
Based on the estimated number of multi-millionaires who have bought second homes around the world, Dubai emerged as more popular than other notable havens of the super- rich, such as The Hamptons, Paris, Monaco, Los Angeles or Palm Beach.
Multi-millionaires refer to individuals with a net worth of at least $10 million (Dh360 million).
At least 33,000 millionaires based abroad have bought second homes in Dubai.
Also popular this year among the wealthy are Hong Kong, occupying the third spot, followed by Singapore in the fourth place.
Premium properties in Dubai cost around $7,800 per square metre as of June 2018, offering more attractive options for the city-seeking rich.
According to New World Wealth, Dubai isn’t just popular among multi-millionaires who are looking for second properties, but high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), those with wealth of at least $1 million, as well.
So far, approximately 33,000 HNWIs based in other countries have second homes in the city, according to the research firm. The number doesn’t include the thousands of non-Emirati millionaires who have opted to live in the city.
“We estimate that around 55,000 millionaires live in Dubai currently,” said Andrew Amoils of New World Wealth.
Top 10 second home hotspots worldwide for 2018
Top 10 most expensive cities for the rich, ranked by per square metre price as of June 2018
New York: $34,000
St. Tropez: 32,000
St. Jean Cap Ferrat: $31,000
Hong Kong: $28,000
Lake Como: $21,000
Porto Cervo: $21,000