New Dubai real estate rules to be in place by 2013

World's first governance charter for property developers set to improve transparency

Dubai said on Tuesday that the world's first governance charter for real estate developers - aimed at improving transparency in the sector - would be implemented by January 2013.

The Dubai Land Department (DLD) said it had launched the draft document with the blessing of ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Over the next three months, real estate companies will be educated about what the charter means, prior to putting the final touches on the final draft.

Staff training, starting from November, will continue throughout 2012, during which time real estate firms will be given time to make necessary changes to their operations to fit with new regulations.

This will be followed by obligatory implementation in January 2013.

The charter proposal is part of nine initiatives launched by the Department to spur a recovery in the emirate's battered property market where prices have slumped more than 50 percent from peak levels.

Officials said the charter was designed to "achieve a qualitative leap in the performance of real estate developers and increase the transparency of the market".

It also aims to attract foreign investments, raise the level of confidence and enhance the efficiency of real estate companies, DLD said in a statement.

The charter will call on developers to disclose details regarding their activities, progress of their projects, financial solvency and ability to manage quality and risk.

Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, director general of Dubai Land Department, said: "We have managed to carefully formulate corporate governance standards tailored for real estate companies."

A committee of professionals set up to help draft the charter conducted a survey of developers and investors in a bid to choose the best corporate governance standards, the statement said.

Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of Dubai's real estate regulator RERA added: "The lack of an established culture of governance in the market in general and in the real estate market in particular, necessitates the application of the charter on three phases."

He added: "Developing and strengthening corporate governance practices is a prerequisite for protecting property rights, attracting and ensuring the loyalty of investors, developers, brokers, lawyers and managers of property owners' association in addition to residents, consultants and stakeholders from other entities. This will surely boost confidence in Dubai's real estate sector."

Real estate corporate governance in Dubai will focus on seven standards or criteria, including requiring companies to disclose details regarding the size of their projects, progress, contracts and market sales.

It will also assess the ability of the developer to complete and manage the project and will demand the provision of quarterly financial and accounting reports of developers.

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Posted by: Mahesh Gupta

I hope this law will help those investors who paid deposit back in 2004 and their project is still in limbo like our Palm Spring project supposed to be developed by Damac and handed over to investors in 2008.

Posted by: Mumtaz A J

A welcome move but the investors are to be protected as well by the govt. The projects which never got off ground and investors money is blocked, although in escrow account the money will not be refunded by the builders unless the project is declared cancelled by RERA.

Posted by: Jack Bauer

They just come up with new rules and actual implementation of the rules is a different story.

Posted by: mahi

these are tantalizing dreams given by RERA for a bright future,,,,,,what about today? now? now 6 years my money with Tanmiyat Living Legends in Dubai Land and when i ask for my apartment or my money, I get a smile back telling me how stupid I am. RERA is there to bring our money back and bring the JUSTICE right?

Posted by: Siwash

. This is marketing hype pure and simple. Sadly, someone will be promoted because of it, but this initiative will not meet its objective of reviving the battered real estate market in Dubai.

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