Downturn in Kuwait’s Real Estate Sector: Analyzing the Third Quarter of 2023

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Kuwait’s real estate sector has recently witnessed a significant downturn, as indicated by a comprehensive study focusing on the third quarter of 2023. The findings reveal a substantial decline in the private housing market, with notable decreases in both transaction volume and total value. This shift is indicative of potential challenges within the broader economic landscape.

Private Housing Market:

The study points to a sharp 21.8% decrease in private housing deals during the third quarter of 2023, amounting to a total of 483 transactions compared to 618 in the same period in 2022. The total value of these transactions also took a hit, showing a 22.1% decline from 322.98 million dinars in 2022 to 251.45 million dinars in 2023. It’s worth noting that this data excludes Sabah Al-Ahmad Marine City and the coastal strip.

Investment Housing Sector:

The investment housing sector, encompassing buildings and lands, experienced an even more substantial decline, with transactions plummeting by approximately 44%. The third quarter of 2023 saw only 61 deals, a significant drop from the 109 recorded in 2022. The total value of these transactions also fell by 38%, from 212.5 million dinars in 2022 to 131.58 million dinars in 2023. The data excludes individual units, apartments, and shops within the investment property.

Commercial Real Estate:

While the commercial real estate sector, covering activities such as craftsmen activities, recreational spaces, stores, and car showrooms, demonstrated relative resilience, there was still a marginal 0.4% decrease in the number of transactions. In the third quarter of 2023, 24 transactions were recorded, compared to 25 in the same period in 2022. However, the total value of these transactions witnessed an 11.5% decline, dropping from approximately 89 million dinars in 2022 to 78.7 million dinars in 2023.


The decline in the real estate sector raises questions about the broader economic conditions in Kuwait. Factors such as economic uncertainties, changes in government policies, and global economic trends may contribute to the observed downturn. The investment housing sector’s significant contraction suggests potential challenges for developers and investors, requiring a reevaluation of strategies in response to changing market dynamics.

The recent study on Kuwait’s real estate sector, focusing on the third quarter of 2023, paints a picture of a market experiencing a downturn across various segments. The decline in private housing, investment housing, and a marginal reduction in commercial real estate transactions signal potential challenges for stakeholders in the sector. As Kuwait navigates these economic shifts, it becomes crucial for industry participants, policymakers, and investors to adapt and innovate in response to the evolving market conditions.

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