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move-one-truckThere is a little bit more paper work to do now before moving in or out of some of Dubai’s more popular communities.  Emaar one of Dubai’s largest property developers now has a new ‘Move In Move Out Policy‘.

The objectives of the policy are to ensure: Read more

land-department300 projects in 22 master developments included in index: Rera

Dubai has taken the lead over other cities in the Middle East by launching a “service charge and maintenance index” for freehold areas, a move that brings more transparency and supports the development of the real estate sector.

The index, released during Gitex Technology Week, currently provides details of 300 projects in 22 master development such as Business Bay, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, International City, Motor City and Dubai Silicon Oasis though the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera), the regulatory arm of Dubai Land Department (DLD), has audited the service charges and maintenance fees of 420 projects.
The index is designed to be applied to services areas and common spaces and be under the management of owners associations and property developers. Read more

ask louiseQuestionI am moving to Dubai by next week and am currently looking for a small studio for residence with a budget around AED 50k per year…I will be working on Sheikh Zayed Road next to Mall of the Emirates so looking within this zone . Please advise me what neighborhoods I should look into within this budget to be with walking distance or access to public transport. Read more

burj-khalifaResidents of the world’s tallest building fear they will have to take to the stairs if their landlords do not pay outstanding service fees.

Burj Khalifa tenants living as high up as the 108th floor could be locked out of elevators and car parks if landlords do not settle the charges by Saturday.

The developer Emaar has also warned that security cards giving access to the building will be deactivated. Services such as air conditioning will also be switched off.

“It’s one thing to do this in a five-storey building. It’s another thing for the tallest building in the world,” said K K, who lives above the 20th floor.

“The two big things for us are the AC and the elevator. You can’t open a window here so it will be like sitting in a box. We can’t walk up and down all those floors so we may have to stay with friends. Read more

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) Read more

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