Dubai’s Damac Properties , owner and operator of the only Trump-branded golf club in the Middle East, posted a 45 per cent drop in first-quarter profit from a year earlier although profit rose marginally from the previous quarter.
The results came as Dubai, its core real-estate market, is under pressure due to lower property prices and subdued sales as new developments hit the market.
DAMAC’s net profit was Dhs484m ($132m), down from Dhs880m a year earlier, it said in a statement.
Arqaam Capital had forecast a net profit of Dhs635m and EFG Hermes’ projection was Dhs610m for first-quarter net profit.
DAMAC’s net profit, however, was above its fourth-quarter profit of Dhs459m, the company said.
Residential property prices in Dubai registered a 12-month decline of 2 per cent on average, while rents declined by up to 5 per cent in some areas, according to real estate consultancy Cavendish Maxwell.