To protect investors, the Dubai Land Department (DLD)
has issued a set of new stricter rules to govern how overseas
properties may be marketed for sale in the Emirate by
Circular No. 13 is now updated and outlines the new requirements
for all real estate announcements, across all advertising and other
What are the new rules?
All brokers will have to obtain a permit for marketing overseas
properties by meeting the following conditions:
submitting a copy of the title deeds
of the property being marketed to the DLD (which has been attested
by the UAE Embassy and the Foreign Ministry and has been translated
into Arabic by a legal translator);
setting out the requirements for
property ownership in the relevant foreign country;
submitting a copy of the agreement
between the broker and owner; and
property developers or agents who are
found to be in breach of the rule will face a fine of up to AED
How does this differ to marketing local properties?
These new rules for marketing of overseas properties in the
Emirate follow similar rules introduced in October 2016, which
required brokers to obtain permits before marketing local
properties for sale in the Emirate. The streamlined structure and
familiarity of the new rules should result in a relatively seamless
application for brokers who are affected by the new guidelines.
Why has the DLD taken this step?
The DLD is continuously seeking to improve investor confidence
in the region. This new legislation not only brings the marketing
of overseas property in the Emirate in line with rules for
marketing of local properties in the Emirate, it is also designed
to protect investors from falling victim to any fraudulent
Fraudulent schemes in Dubai, both of a real estate nature and
otherwise, have been widely reported in local and international
media. There have been cases where properties were allegedly sold
without an owner's consent; rental scams where properties are
let out to more than one tenant; forged documents and other horror
stories which could impact the stability of the local property
Fortunately, we anticipate the updated Circular 13 rules will
reduce the occurrence of such schemes.
However, if you do require further assistance with marketing or
renting of real estate within the region, please do not hesitate to
contact Dubai real estate office of Gowling WLG, led by Andrew
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