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Doing Up a House in Dubai

doing-up-a-house-final-pmSo we’ve all watched Property Ladder, House Doctor, Sarah Beany and a plethora of home improvement programmes in the UK, but what’s involved in doing up a house in Dubai? Permission, permission, permission for a start! Having helped a friend go through the process recently we have learnt that many changes you may like to make to a villa need to pass planning permission. For Emaar properties this means you having to draw out plans of the potential changes, submitting the technical drawings (you can ask Emaar for a CD of your villa plans) and writing out a simple scope of works document. You’ll also have to submit your title deed to prove ownership, passport and visa details, as well as a license copy of the contractor you are using to carry out your work. Don’t forget the Dhs 5000 (refundable) cash deposit as well, this will be returned on completion of your work when they come and inspect your changes. Emaar offices are located in Emaar Square in Downtown and are VERY BUSY at the moment.

Examples of things that need permission are extending a patio (terrace), adding a canvas sail for shade, removing pillars from inside and even straightening an arch or removing a door. The work involved is also much more arduous than you think. Pictures speak a thousand words so see for yourself.

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