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Riyadh Office Supply Shortage Drives 26% Rent Increase for Grade B Spaces in One Year

The shortage of office supplies in Riyadh has caused a significant 26% increase in Grade B rents over the past year.

Mon, Jun 3, 2024 12:13pmGrey Clock 4 min

 The persistent economic growth, fueled by initiatives related to Vision 2030, is driving the demand for office spaces throughout Saudi Arabia, leading to a rise in Grade A rents by 8% in Riyadh, 3.8% in Jeddah, and 3.5% in the Dammam Metropolitan Area (DMA), according to Knight Frank’s Summer 2024 Saudi Arabia Commercial Market Review.

Faisal Durrani, Partner and Head of Research at Knight Frank MENA

Faisal Durrani, partner and Head of Research at Knight Frank MENA, stated, “The commercial office market has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Vision 2030, with occupier demand rising nationally. What is extraordinary about the market dynamics is the sheer shortage of prime office options, with vacancy rates as high as 98% in Riyadh. The shortage of options has left some businesses with little choice but to settle for less-than-ideal space, as is reflected in the rapid increase in Riyadh’s grade B rents which are up a staggering 26% when compared to this time last year. In Jeddah too, a similar story is playing out, with grade A rents up 3.8% since Q1 2023, driven predominantly by public sector demand.

“On the global stage, many cities in the Gulf, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi stand out for the near-record low levels of prime office vacancy, which stands in contrast to many other global gateway locations.”

Over the past year, the DMA’s office market saw growth due to increasing demand, with Grade A rents rising to SAR 1,025 per square meter. Grade B rents also saw a modest increase of 1.6%, reaching SAR 625 per square meter. Occupancy rates in Grade A and Grade B office spaces have also increased.


The restoration of Hajj and Umrah pilgrim quotas to full capacity in Makkah has significantly boosted the hospitality and tourism sectors. In 2023, Makkah saw 1.84 million Hajj pilgrims and approximately 26.9 million Umrah pilgrims, with international visitors making up 23 million, record-breaking numbers.

Riyadh’s hospitality sector is thriving, supported by increased corporate travel, international events, and the expansion of cultural and leisure activities. Despite a 26.8% rise in Average Daily Rates (ADR), occupancy levels have decreased slightly due to the rapid rate increase.

Turab Saleem, partner and Head of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Advisory, MEA, added: “The 6,840 hotel rooms are under construction, due to be delivered by 2026 in the capital could not come sooner. Even so, 85% of the under-construction stock falls into the 4- and 5-star categories, hinting strongly at the need for a greater variation in hotel accommodation options to cater to a wider range of budgets”.

Knight Frank says Jeddah has maintained and strengthened its standing as a major Middle Eastern center for hospitality. The city’s increasing appeal as a leisure and business travel destination can be attributed to strategic efforts like regulatory reforms to simplify the visa process for tourists and emerging tourist infrastructure developments like redevelopment of the Jeddah Corniche.

In addition to raising the city’s profile internationally, the 4th Jeddah Grand Prix, which took place in March 2024, had a significant impact on Jeddah’s hospitality industry. Hotels in proximity to the event venue reported occupancy rates nearing capacity. In fact, in the year to March 2024, the average occupancy levels in Jeddah rose to 63.6%, representing a 10.4% increase compared to the same period last year.


Saudi Arabia is rapidly becoming the main data hub of the region, with the fastest-growing data center market in the Middle East. Since 2014, live IT capacity in the Kingdom has increased from 40MW to 205MW, with Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam hosting 80% of this capacity.

Stephen Beard – Partner and Global Head of Data Centers, said: “Factors such as government initiatives, rising cloud adoption, a booming e-commerce market, improved connectivity, and the rising recognition of big data & IoT are all fueling the growth of the data centers sector.

“The roll out of 5G and the introduction of the Personal Data Protection Law in the Kingdom is expected to further boost demand. Indeed, as a result of these initiatives, we forecast US$ 30bn of CAPEX in the sector by 2030”.


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The Central Downtown led the market in May, capturing an impressive 40.5% of all transactions in Arjan

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AQUA Properties has reached a remarkable milestone by selling over 900 units in its latest project, The Central Downtown, within just 100 days of its launch.

This achievement underscores the robust demand for premium real estate in Dubai, with The Central Downtown leading the market in May by capturing an impressive 40.5% of all transactions in Arjan, as reported by Property Monitor.

Situated centrally in Arjan, this expansive project spans a 7-acre hub, making it the largest development in the community. The Central Downtown consists of four towers featuring modern studios and 1–3-bedroom apartments, along with a 200,000 sq ft podium level offering over 25 amenities.

Residents can enjoy a variety of facilities, including a golf simulator, wave pool, basketball court, outdoor cinema, padel tennis, and an organic farm.

Integrated approach

Additionally, a 150,000 sq ft shopping mall beneath these interconnected towers provides a unique retail convenience. This integrated approach sets The Central Downtown apart, making it the leading choice in Arjan.

AQUA Properties Founder Ali Tumbi said: “This rapid sales success underscores AQUA Properties’ formidable presence in Dubai’s real estate market and highlights the high level of investor confidence in our projects.”

To celebrate the success of The Central Downtown, AQUA Properties, an award-winning multinational real estate brokerage and developer, hosted an exclusive 3-day luxury cruise on the Arabian Gulf in February, bringing together over 300 key investors, brokerage partners, and valued community members. The celebrations continued in April with a groundbreaking event, marking the commencement of this visionary project.

Community trust

Since its establishment in 2005, AQUA Properties has built a strong reputation for excellence. Renowned for its extensive experience and community trust, AQUA Properties has launched its seventh project, The Central Downtown, showcasing its expertise once again.

With nearly two decades of industry experience, AQUA Properties consistently provides exceptional services, ensuring customer satisfaction through competitive pricing, flexible payment plans, and luxurious amenities.

Their impressive portfolio includes projects in prime Dubai locations such as Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Village Triangle, and Motor City, among others.

Riding on the success of The Central Downtown, AQUA Properties is poised to dominate Dubai’s real estate market with several upcoming developments this year, including projects in Dubai Sports City, Sheikh Zayed Road, and Arjan. AQUA Properties’ commitment to excellence and innovation continues to shape the future of real estate in Dubai.


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