By Parag Deulgaonkar

Global icon Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, dominated Dubai’s biggest residential real estate deals in 2011, occupying three among the eight biggest residential deals for the year, besides occupying the top two slots.

Armani Residences underway. photo
Armani Residences underway. photo

The largest residential real estate transaction in Dubai last year was registered in Burj Khalifa with the price topping Dh28 million, according to The 11,355 square foot space was sold for Dh28.15 million, or Dh2,479 per square foot, in October 2011.

The second largest transaction was again in Burj Khalifa, for a Dh7,910 square feet unit which was sold for Dh28 million, Dh3,910 per square feet, in February 2011.

A transaction for the same amount (Dh28 million) was also recorded in January in Emirates Hills, pegging the premium cluster at a joint second in the list of the biggest transactions in 2011.

Fourth and fifth on the list were two transaction for properties in Emirates Hills. One was sold for Dh26.1 million in October while the other was sold for Dh23.75 million in August.

The transactions are based on registration date, said, which is an exclusive partner and primary data source for the information service in the emerging markets.

According to the emirate’s Land Department, its Real Estate Valuation Committee valued 1,971 properties in 2011, clocking in at a value of Dh99 billion — 63 per cent of which were for undeveloped plots of land and 37 per cent for finished buildings. More info