Property ownership in Dubai and the UAE
Property ownership and laws in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and other UAE emirates - information and guide.
- Foreigners can buy property - apartments, villas, and sometimes land - in Dubai and some of the other UAE emirates.
- It is not necessary for the property owner to live in the UAE.
- Emirates that do allow foreigners and expats to buy property usually have restrictions on locations where they can own property.
- Some emirates allow freehold ownership, some allow leasehold only, some allow both.
- UAE citizens can own land and property anywhere in the UAE. Nationals of GCC countries can probably buy property anywhere in the UAE also.
- All comments below apply to non-UAE and non-GCC citizens.
Property ownership in Abu Dhabi
- Leasehold ownership only, in selected developments?
Property ownership in Ajman
- Freehold ownership in some developments
Property ownership in Dubai
- Freehold and leasehold ownership in some developments.
- First emirate in UAE to allow freehold property ownership by foreigners.
Property ownership in Fujairah
Property ownership in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)
- Freehold and leasehold ownership rights in some developments and buildings
- Second emirate in the UAE to allow foreigners to own property?
- Freehold ownership law for foreigners passed in November 2005?
Property ownership in Sharjah
- Leasehold ownership only permitted for non-UAE and non-GCC nationals
- Freehold property ownership rights under consideration after sharp falls of up to 50% in property prices in Sharjah during 2008 and 2009 according to comments in report from CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), a property consultant in the UAE (08 August 2010 reports).
- Sharjah power cuts in the summer are prompting many residents of Sharjah to consider moving to Dubai or Ajman.
Property ownership in Umm Al Quwain
- Freehold and leasehold ownership in some developments
Last update Tuesday 10-Aug-2010. Page development 1H 2T 3D 4L 5C.
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