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5th November 2020

We have previously talked about force majeure clauses, discussing how if the performance of an obligation is affected by an unforeseen event, then the party may be relieved of that obligation. This time, we thought it would be useful to ...

15th March 2020

Force Majeure – Those of you with a rudimental grasp of the French language will have guessed that this legal term refers to a ‘superior force’. The theory is that if a contracting party has agreed to do something, but ...

16th December 2019

Those of us who have been in the region a while will recall that in the autumn of 2008 global economics finally caught up with us, and the Dubai real estate market fell off a cliff. America sneezed, we caught pneumonia, prices plummeted, and those who ...

29th September 2019

In the last issue we gave an overview of the way in which one can secure UAE residency status through ownership of property in Dubai. The article generated significant interest, particularly among those interested in retirement options, and we therefore thought it might be useful in this ...

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5th August 2019

There has been much talk recently about long term Visas, held out as an example of the Dubai government encouraging investment in the Emirate by creating a greater sense of belonging and security. So far however it seems those Visas have been offered only to a ...

31st March 2019

With residential rents currently in decline, many home-owners are looking towards the short-term letting market to maximise returns. Here we examine both the legal and practical context in which short term lettings operate in Dubai. ...

7th February 2019

Many investors in the UAE property market buy to let – that is they acquire property for the purposes of renting it out to generate returns. Letting costs are relatively low in Dubai, which can produce attractive rental yields in many cases. ...

4th September 2018

Clients often ask about the option of gifting their Dubai property to a third party. What they usually have in mind is transferring title in the property to someone else, but on the basis of a gift transaction, rather than ...

1st May 2018

Once you’ve chosen your property, whether it’s for your own use or to rent out as an investment, you should think about how to structure that ownership. There are various options, and here we will look at owning in your individual name, in joint names, or ...

26th February 2018

There are circumstances in which a buyer may make payments for a property prior to title to that property being transferred. This presents a fairly obvious risk for the buyer. We look here at how that risk can be addressed, and hopefully ...

14th January 2018

Those of us living and working in Dubai have now all entered a brave new world – one where a 5% rate of VAT applies to the supply of goods and services, unless they are specifically zero-rated or exempt. But how does this tax affect those involved ...

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