Pakistanis purchased property worth three billion dirhams (around Rs85bn) in Dubai during the first half of this year, just behind Indians and Britons who invested 7bn and 4bn dirhams, respectively, said reports based on Dubai Land Department appeared in the UAE media.
Pakistanis have invested over 18bn dirhams (Rs512bn) in Dubai realty market in the last two-and-a-half years.
In 2015, Indian nationals ranked the highest value foreigners, making property transactions worth 20bn dirhams from 8,756 investors. Britons came in at second with a total of 10bn dirhams worth of property transactions from 4,889 investors while Pakistanis ranked third with 8bn dirhams from 6,106 investors.
In 2014, Pakistanis were at second position with 5,079 transactions with a total of 7.59-dirham investment. Indians topped the list with purchase of 18.1bn dirhams worth of property on 7,353 transactions, whereas Britons invested 9.32bn dirhams.
Pakistani politicians, bureaucrats and some genuine buyers have lifted properties in Dubai instead of local businessmen, said Abdul Wahab Parekh, the owner of Parekh Estate in Clifton.
Businessmen have pulled out their money from banks after introduction of 0.3 to 0.6 per cent withholding tax on filers and non-filers on tax returns.
However, property dealers in the local market paint an uncertain future after the introduction of new valuation rates, saying the real estate market has become inactive.