Dubai real estate property law :: Strategiy
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Dubai's new property law, currently being debated and soon to be finalized, will inject a new burst of energy to the Emirate’s booming property market. The ‘fuzziness’ surrounding the exact status of ‘freehold’ and ‘long term lease’ properties in ‘exempt’ areas will finally be eradicated with its ratification. So far the legal vacuum has not had a negative affect on land sales due to strong backing by the Government of Dubai.There has, I believe, been some differences of opinion on whether property law in the UAE falls under federal or local emirate jurisdiction. The article quoted above did not address this issue.
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The current legal framework governing Dubai can generally be classified under two main categories: those laws governing properties lying in exempted areas where foreigners may buy freehold and long lease property, and the remaining areas where only UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals may own.
In essence, the Government of Dubai ‘exempts’ certain geographical locations and develops them in cooperation with quasi-government companies such as Emaar, Nakheel and Dubai Properties. Foreign ownership is the main driver for setting up these ‘exempt’ areas – an idea that is not lawfully permitted in the rest of Dubai where only UAE and GCC nationals may own land.
“Trust plays a key role in promoting the ‘exempted’ areas where no laws exist but where Dubai’s governance and courts system does have a certain amount of jurisdiction. Transactions are governed by contractual agreements between the main developers, the secondary market developers and brokers or the end buyers.”
These contracts, whether they pertain to villas, apartments or commercial space, are not considered as titles or deeds to ownership. Solving this issue is the main thrust of the new legislation, which will also include clauses to properly manage communal areas and public spaces as well as regulate new ideas, such as timeshare properties.
The law will also examine the relationships between the main developers and the secondary developers. Additionally, it will give banks the legal standing to be able to better enforce bad debt recovery and, therefore, reduce the costs of home loans to benefit the buyers.