ABU DHABI, 23rd October, 2023 (WAM) — Aldar Properties announced today that it had achieved a 97% occupancy rate across its prime Grade A commercial properties, which includes its four buildings at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), HQ, and International Tower, signalling robust demand for premium office spaces in Abu Dhabi.
Occupancy rates at the towers located at ADGM, the international financial centre on Al Maryah Island, stand at 99% compared to 79% when acquired by Aldar in 2022. These towers now enjoy an average lease term of more than four years and host some of the world’s most prestigious companies, including PwC, Deloitte, Brevan Howard, Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), G42 Asset Management and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
Aldar’s other Grade A commercial properties in Abu Dhabi, HQ and International Tower currently hold an average occupancy rate of 95%.
During the first half of 2023, the office sector in Abu Dhabi enjoyed robust growth, with Grade A rents returning to levels last seen in 2016. The current performance of the office market is supported by a positive economic landscape, as demand for high-quality Grade A assets remains firm amidst limited supply, resulting in rising occupancy rates across prime commercial properties.
Jassem Saleh Busaibe, Chief Executive Officer at Aldar Investment, said, “Abu Dhabi’s commercial property market continues to perform strongly, bucking the global trend. The occupancy rates within Aldar’s commercial portfolio reflect the confidence of investors in the strong macro fundamentals and stable regulatory environment of the emirate. With a favourable business environment, the city continues to be an attractive destination for leading global corporates to establish their regional presence, and we are seeing this result in strong demand for future developments.”
Based on the healthy demand pipeline, Aldar recently partnered with Mubadala to acquire Al Maryah Tower, another prime commercial property located on Al Maryah Island, which is expected to achieve a pre-leasing occupancy rate of 50% by the end of this year and be operational in Q1 2024.
Recently, Al Maqam Tower at ADGM became the first building in Abu Dhabi to achieve SmartScore Gold certification from WiredScore, a certification body that recognises best-in-class smart buildings that deliver exceptional user experience, cost efficiency, meet high sustainability standards, and are future-ready.
Additionally, all four Aldar’s towers at ADGM are LEED Gold BD+C certified, a globally recognised benchmark for environmentally responsible and resource-efficient buildings. As part of its commitment to innovation and technological advancement within its properties, Aldar plans to expand the WiredScore and SmartScore certifications to its other Grade A properties.