DIFC-based REITs – Status quo and Future Developments

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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.