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Dubai developers' quality declines during downturn

Survey claims work quality has suffered as developers cut corners

Experts say developers have been cutting costs by hiring cheaper contractors. Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Experts say developers have been cutting costs by hiring cheaper contractors. Photo for illustrative purposes only.

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The quality of finishes in new Dubai properties has dropped substantially since the downturn as developers increasingly strive to cut costs and hire cheaper contractors, a Dubai-based British firm of chartered surveyors told Arabian Business.

“Since the downturn there has been a decline in standards due to cost cutting and rushing work to complete on deadlines,” said Youcef Betraoui, managing director of Land Sterling, a property valuations firm based in Dubai.

The company specialises in inspecting the quality of building work prior to a property being handed over by the developer to the owner, commonly known as snagging.

Betraoui said cost cutting by developers and the use of cheaper contractors has led to a drop in the quality of finishes and this is reflected in its reports.

The quality of finishes in new Dubai properties has dropped substantially since the downturn as developers increasingly strive to cut costs and hire cheaper contractors, a Dubai-based British firm of chartered surveyors told Arabian Business.

“Since the downturn there has been a decline in standards due to cost cutting and rushing work to complete on deadlines,” said Youcef Betraoui, managing director of Land Sterling, a property valuations firm based in Dubai.

The company specialises in inspecting the quality of building work prior to a property being handed over by the developer to the owner, commonly known as snagging.

Betraoui said cost cutting by developers and the use of cheaper contractors has led to a drop in the quality of finishes and this is reflected in its reports.
 

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