Nearly 77% of UAE nationals prefer modern designs to more traditional concepts when looking for a home, according to recent survey results.
As Construction Week reported, Modon Properties, an Abu Dhabi-based master developer, has revealed the results of its ‘Build Your Happiness’ survey that was conducted in December with the aim of understanding Emiratis’ opinions and expectations when it comes to the design of their ideal home.
While 76.5% of UAE nationals would prefer a modern home design, only 23.5% favour a more traditional design inspired by Emirati culture and heritage.
According to the survey results, medical centres and schools are the top criteria for Emiratis when choosing an ideal home location.
The survey also unveiled participants’ interest in Riyadh City – Modon Properties’ first mixed-use development targeting Emiratis – with a majority expressing a strong desire to move into the new city once complete.
Abdulla Al Sahi, chief executive officer of Modon Properties, said: “The survey title – ‘Build Your Happiness’ was not chosen at random.
“It reflected the main objective that Modon Properties is striving to achieve, which is to build comprehensive residential communities, and provide integrated housing services that meet the requirements of citizens, in accordance with the funds provided through the national housing loans scheme.”
The survey also showed that 94.5% of Emirati citizens want a home with five bedrooms or more, and 91.5% want their ideal home to include a courtyard and an outdoor tent space. Only 51% of respondents would opt for an elevator in a multi-storey home.
Participants also prioritised the additional rooms that they preferred to have in their ideal home. A domestic helper’s room came in the lead, followed by room for storage and a laundry room.
The survey was open for participation over a two-week period and was designed to include four main pillars that collect detailed data about Emiratis’ ideal home designs.
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