The Dubai Land Department (“DLD”) as the Emirate`s governing body overseeing property transfers now also allows for registration and execution of so-called deferred sale agreements. Such agreements describe a particular ownership transfer of real estate assets where the ultimate transfer of title remains pending until all deferred considerations as per the contract have been settled.
Since the enactment of the Dubai International Financial Centre`s (DIFC) pertinent REIT regulations in 2006 the DIFC has allowed the creation of REIT trusts or corporations within its perimeter. As DIFC-based property funds and REITs are now considerably gaining in investors` interest, it is time to take a closer look at the determining factors and available options. Dubai`s DIFC has established itself as the region`s prime financial jurisdiction, offering a robust common law legal framework and thus becoming the domicile of choice for many property fund structures.
Starting from 1st. of January 2018 and in line with other GCC countries, the UAE is to implement a Value Added Tax (VAT) amounting to 5% on most goods and services.
This article is therefore aiming to highlight the regulations as far as they are relevant to a real estate investor and to identify possible repercussions that the changes hold for the market`s future evolution.
Offering political and economical stability, double taxation treaties with more than 60 jurisdictions worldwide besides an environment that is free of income and corporate taxes (exceptions are few), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) exhibit some generally desirable strong points for the set-up of estate and succession planning solutions.
Since mid-2014, hoteliers in Dubai have been going through tough times. The completion of substantial new hotel room stock came in baleful synchrony with the oil price crash, the Rubel depreciation and Dollar appreciation. All this weighed heavily on the tourism demand from Dubai`s most significant source markets, thereby substantially decimating the hotelier`s revenue figures.