Four Things Expatriates Need to Consider When Buying a Property in Dubai
By Zina Adjal, Corporate/ Commercial Associate of Motei & Associates
February 7, 2017

With the incomparable lifestyle Dubai has to offer, the city’s real estate market continues to attract individuals who wish to own a home in Dubai. Before deciding to invest in a property, expatriates must take into consideration the following key information. 1. You can purchase freehold property only in designated areas If before 2002 expatriates were only allowed to have a 99-year lease of properties in Dubai, the Ruler of Dubai has since allowed expatriates to buy property on freehold ownership. Freehold property is opened to all nationalities. However, properties located only in specific areas of Dubai can be purchased by expatriates.... read more

What You Need to Know Before Owning a Unit in a Jointly Owned Property in Dubai
By Zina Adjal, Corporate/ Commercial Associate of Motei & Associates
January 24, 2017

The concept of jointly owned property was introduced by Law no. 27 of 2007 “concerning ownership of jointly owned real property in the Emirate of Dubai”. This law came into effect on April 1st, 2008. Additional regulations, known as “directions”, were issued in 2010 in order to regulate a few subjects such as the content of Jointly Owned Property Declarations and Building Management Statements, the developers’ disclosure obligations, consumer protection matters and the licensing and registration of Owners Associations, among others. 1. What is the definition of Jointly Owned Property? Jointly Owned Property is defined by the law as “the... read more

Buy Freehold Property in Dubai

The basics of buying freehold property in Dubai are the same as anywhere else in the world: One needs to be very careful and exercise due diligence. Owning a property in Dubai as a foreigner In order to purchase property in Dubai, you must be over 21 years of age. Where you intend purchasing property in the name of an offshore company, take note that only companies registered as offshore entities with the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority are eligible to register real property rights with the Department of Lands and Properties (hereinafter referred to as the "Dubai Land Department"). Therefore you cannot... read more

What Do you Need to Know Before Renting in Dubai

Q. What are the laws which govern the relationship between landlords and tenants in the Emirate of Dubai? A. (1) Law No. 26 of 2007 regulating relationship between landlords and tenants in the Emirate of Dubai; (2) Law No. 33 of 2008 amending some provisions of Law No. 26 of 2007 regulating relationship between landlords & tenants in the emirate of Dubai; (3) Decree No.2 of 1993 establishing special judicial committee for settlement of disputes between landlords and tenants; (4) Decree No.2 of 2011 regulating rentals in Dubai; and (5) Decree No. 26 of 2013 establishing the Dubai Rent Dispute Settlement... read more

Is Lack of Electricity Considered an Event of “Force Majeure” for Non Performance of Developer’s Contractual Obligations?

The Fact that a government authority has refrained from supplying electricity to a project under construction, doesn't constitute an event of "Force Majeure" for exempting the developer from their contractual obligations, as long as the authority's action is not the direct cause for delaying the completion of the project. In an unprecedented case, an Arbitral Tribunal has rejected a developer's request to reject a buyer's claim for cancelation of a Sale Purchase Agreement (SPA) of a high end-residential unit to be constructed on an island in Ras Al khaimah, and refund of the advance payment made towards the unit's purchase price.... read more

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