List of Developers in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Metropolitan Capital Real Estate is a full-cycle real estate agency operating in the Abu Dhabi market since 2018. The company is part of the Metropolitan Group, which was founded in 2008 and provides a full range of services in the field of real estate – from legal advice to resolving all issues related to buying or renting residential and commercial properties in the UAE and Austria.

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List of developers in in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Aabar Properties

Aabar Properties is one of the leaders in the real estate sector in the UAE. The company is part of Aabar Investments PJS and was founded in Abu Dhabi in 2010. The business offers residential, commercial and hospitality properties for rent and for sale across the region. Aabar Properties is responsible for famous buildings such as the Bay Tower, Al Durrah Tower, Lamar Residence and The Kite in Abu Dhabi. It is also developing projects in Dubai and in countries such as Jordan and Morocco.

Al Markaz Development

The MENA Real Estate Department at Markaz offers investors various real estate investment opportunities across the MENA region. Markaz started its MENA Real Estate activity in Kuwait in 1998 with the launching of Markaz Real Estate Advisory Services.

Aldar Properties

Aldar Properties PJSC has been operating for 17 years and is one of the leading property developers in Abu Dhabi. The company aims at supporting the infrastructure of the emirate with medical, education, hospitality, leisure, retail, commercial and residential facilities. The real estate portfolio of Aldar Properties includes a wide range of re-developments and developments such as Al Raha Beach, Yas Island, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Falah and Noor Al Ain. The Aldar HQ in Al Raha perfectly showcases the innovative concept of the company after being the first circular building of its kind.


There are several developers of residential and commercial property operating in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. One of these is Baraka Real Estate Development Company, which was founded through a partnership between 2 large developers - Bin Ham Properties and Caphy Properties. The mission of the company is to build a business in the real estate sector, which is based on a state of constant joy among people, a warm and compassionate service, and honest and transparent communication. Let’s take a closer look at the Baraka Developer and its residential, commercial and entertainment projects.

Bloom Properties

Since our establishment in 2007, Bloom Holding has risen with bold momentum. Bloom entered the market during a relatively volatile period, poised for challenges and enduring stiff competition.

DAMAC Properties

Operating for over 19 years, DAMAC Properties has changed the real estate landscape across the Middle East with its premium residential, commercial and leisure projects. Besides the UAE, the real estate conglomerate has delivered various properties in the UK, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar among other countries. As of March 2021, DAMAC Properties has delivered 33,000 upscale homes, with 33,000 more currently in various stages of planning and progress across the Middle East.

Eagle Hills

Eagle Hills is a real estate development company with an extensive portfolio of innovative mixed-use projects. The landmark community by the developer is Maryam Island, located in Sharjah. Premium studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments in the complex provide an exceptional waterfront living environment with access to world-class amenities.

Emaar Properties

Emaar Properties is a global property development and management company with headquarters located in Dubai, UAE. It is one of the largest real estate developers in the Middle East with expertise in building premium property and was established in 1997. The property portfolio of Emaar includes residential (housing communities), commercial (offices, shopping malls) and multi-use (hotels and resorts) projects.

Hydra Properties

Hydra Properties is an investment and development company working with residential and mixed-use real estate in the UAE, Pakistan, Mexico, and other countries. Hydra Properties owns numerous outstanding projects, including Hydra Village and Hydra Avenue Towers in Abu Dhabi. Even during the economic downturn, its ROI is still strong at 7%. The developer cooperates with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.


Abu Dhabi-based real estate developer IMKAN has earned its reputation with a portfolio of 26 projects spanning three continents. Our ethos is to create soulful places that enrich people’s lives. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Capital Group, IMKAN’s proposition is built around a unique research platform that identifies the needs and desires of its customer segment, from millennials to discerning high-net-worth individuals.


"Manazel", one of the leading companies in the United Arab Emirates, was established in May 2006, and is headquartered in Abu Dhabi.


Masaood Developments is a privately owned property developer backed by the Al Masaood Group - a highly diversified holding with a headquarter in Abu Dhabi.

Importance of Choosing the Right Developer

Buying off-plan properties allows you to save 10-30% compared to buying a finished home, but it always involves risks. Now the authorities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi strictly regulate the activities of developers, so investors are protected. In the event of a stalled project, developers will not become defrauded equity holders and will be able to return the invested funds to buyers. Maximum security is ensured for property buyers in Dubai, where the relevant legislation is highly developed. Off-plan projects in this emirate are closely monitored by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), a special division of the Dubai Land Department (DLD).

In Abu Dhabi, the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) is now performing similar functions. Until 2015, there were serious gaps in the legislation of the UAE capital regarding the sale of off-plan developments and protecting the interests of investors. For example, some of the projects that were implemented in Abu Dhabi in 2007-2008 were either never completed or were delivered with a delay of several years. But with the adoption of Law No. 3 of 2015 on the regulation of the real estate sector in Abu Dhabi, the situation has changed drastically. The new law clearly sets out the conditions for developers, including the provision of a development plan, obtaining a building permit from the DMA, as well as the mandatory opening of escrow accounts, similar to Dubai. Investors' funds are credited to these accounts, and the developer gains access to them only upon entering a certain stage of construction.

However, even despite all government measures to protect investors, certain risks still remain. These include the following probable situations:

  • The project will be built with a significant delay or will become stalled. According to the portal, more than half of developments launched in the UAE since 2008 were completed at least a year later than the announced deadline. Delivery of real estate on time is especially important for those who rent residential properties: extension of construction for at least a few months automatically means additional rental costs. In turn, those who buy real estate off-plan for subsequent lease, lose the profit that they could have received if the construction was completed on time. The same applies to canceled projects; your investment will be returned to you, but you will lose valuable time and energy.
  • Lower quality of the finished property than originally stated. For example, the interior design or the provided amenities may not match the information previously mentioned in the brochure. It is also possible that the property area will be slightly smaller than promised by the developer.

The best way to protect yourself from these risks is to choose the right developer. As a rule, reliable companies, who want to expand their business further, value their reputation. They understand that their image on the market directly depends on the timing of the project and on the quality of the completed development, which means a surge in sales which then results in profit.

How to Choose the Right Developer

Dozens of developers work in the UAE market, including Abu Dhabi, and it can be difficult to choose the best option. We have compiled a list of basic tips for choosing a reliable company to invest in:

  1. Research all the information about the developer. The most complete data can be obtained with the help of a real estate agent who is well guided and knowledgeable of the market and, by virtue of their profession, owns information that is not always known to the wider public. But you can do the research yourself. First of all, check out the developer's official website and social media accounts, including customer reviews and comments. Find out how long the company has been in the market, how many projects it has already implemented, what awards it has received and who are its partners. Also on the official website you can find out about promotions and special offers from the developer. It is also useful to read the discussions on internet forums regarding real estate in the region- this way you can identify shortcomings in the company's work that customers are unhappy with.
  2. Analyze the developer's projects, both off-plan and completed ones. Look for news on the internet about delays in their construction, as well as comments and feedback from investors. If the company operates in Dubai, alongside Abu Dhabi, you can check out the DLD website and download the Dubai REST mobile application, which publishes the most relevant information about construction in the emirate (including the start date of the project, the announced date of completion and the current stage of construction). This will help you to get a general idea of ​​the developer's work.
  3. Visit one or more of the developer's completed projects with a guided tour, which can be arranged through a real estate agency. You will be able to see the layout, room design, services and amenities in the building. You can compare them with information from a brochure released in the early stages of the project and draw conclusions about the quality of the developer's work. You can also ask the agent to arrange a meeting with one of the property owners from this developer to ask them any questions you may have.
  4. Pricing policy and payment plans. When selling off-plan properties, most developers offer discounted prices, convenient payment plans and other favorable terms. Often several developers sell similar properties in the same area, but the cost and payment scheme may differ. Therefore, it is advisable to study all the proposals in order to choose the most profitable one. But there is also a downside: the most popular developers can offer a higher price, but at the same time your risks of obtaining property with a delay or of low quality will be reduced to a minimum. To choose the best option of excellent quality and not overpay as well, it is best to use the help of a broker who will help to assess all the benefits and risks.

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