We have recently seen an increased level of interest from companies who are keen to find ways to capitalize on a softer rental market. Objectives vary greatly but identifying ways to manage program costs is an important priority for companies. After taxes, housing is one of the big-ticket items in any global mobility program.
Mark Twain famously said, “buy land, they’re not making it anymore”. This rings true today as it relates to the U.S. housing market. Various reasons – local market conditions, lack of supply, robust demand from homebuyers as they take advantage of historically low interest rates, etc. – have caused a surge in home prices.
Like many locations throughout the world, the rental market in Dubai has been chaotic since the start of the pandemic.
In general, getting an employee to accept a domestic relocation can be difficult. It is not easy to uproot a family, logistically manage a move, and establish oneself in a new city. However, it can be even more challenging when the new location is considerably more expensive.