Law No.7/2006 Concerning Land Registration in the Emirate Dubai
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Law No.7/2006 Concerning Land Registration in the
Emirate of Dubai
We, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai
Having considered the Federal Law No. 5/1985 promulgating the Civil
Transactions Law and its amendments;
the Federal Law No 11/1992 promulgating the Civil Procedure Law and its
the Local Law No 7/1997 concerning Land Registration Fees; and
the Local Decree concerning the Formation of Land Affairs Committee of the
do hereby promulgate the following Law:
Title and Definitions
This Law shall be cited as “The Land Registration Law of the Emirate of Dubai
In this Law, the following words and terms shall have the respective meanings
assigned to each of them, unless the context requires otherwise:
The UAE :
the United Arab Emirates.
the Emirate of Dubai.
The Government: the Government of Dubai including any of its
Departments, Authorities or Public Corporations.
The Ruler : His Highness The Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.
The Department: the Department of Lands and Properties.
The Head: the Head of the Department.
The Director: the Director General of the Department.
Land anything of a permanently fixed nature which cannot
be removed without damaging or altering its form.1
Rights over Land: any principal or accessory rights over Land.
1 The original Arabic word is “‛aqār” which literally means immovable, the equivalent of French
immeuble. The underlying concept of “landed property” may also be expressed by the term “real
Land Register: a collection of records kept by the Department in
written or electronic form in an electronic register,
detailing the description of the registered Land, its
location and the rights over it.
Land Unit: any plot of Land and all that is located thereon such
as buildings, plants or otherwise, situated in one
Land Area without being separated from its other
parts by any public or private property and without
any part of it having a right or an encumbrance which
its other parts do not have.
Land Area: a group of Land Units demarcated by principal roads
or fixed and clear signs with an accredited name and
a distinctive number in accordance with the practice
of the Department.
Person: a natural or a legal person.
Scope of Application and Right of Ownership
This Law shall apply to Land situated in the Emirate.
The right to own Land in the Emirate shall be restricted to citizens of the
United Arab Emirates, citizens of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States
of the Gulf, the companies totally owned by any of the foregoing, and public
joint stock companies. Foreign Persons may, subject to the approval of the
Ruler, be granted in certain areas the following rights:
(a) The right to acquire absolute ownership of Land without restrictions as
(b) The right to acquire usufruct or leasehold of Land for a period not
exceeding 99 years.
The originals of documents and judicial decisions in pursuance of which
registration is made shall be kept in the Department, and shall not be moved
outside its premises. Interested parties, judicial authorities or experts
appointed by them, as well as competent committees may have access to
such originals and obtain a certified copy thereof in accordance with the
provisions of this Law.
Jurisdiction of the Department
The Department shall have exclusive jurisdiction to register the rights over
Land and the leaseholds mentioned in Article 4 of this Law. For this purpose,
the Department may do any of the following:
(1) determine the areas to be surveyed or re-surveyed and certify the
maps drawn therefor;
(2) prescribe rules in relation to surveying and inspection, as well as in
relation to issuance of maps relating to Land Units;
(3) prepare model forms of contract relating to real estate transactions;
(4) prescribe rules concerning organizing, archiving and destruction of
(5) prescribe rules in relation to using computers in storing and recording
(6) lay down rules in relation to regulating and keeping a register of real
(7) prescribe rules in relation to evaluating Land;
(8) lay down rules in relation to voluntary sales of Land by public auction
and supervision of such sales;
(9) determine the fees payable for services rendered by the Department;
(10) establish branches of the Department as the Director may deem
The Land Register
A Land Register shall be maintained in the Department to record all rights
over Land and any changes that might take place in respect of them. This
Register shall be conclusive evidence against all and everyone unless it is
proved to be the result of fraud or forgery.
Subject to the provisions of Article (7) of this Law, all electronic records shall
have the same weight of evidence as that of their hard copy written originals.
All transactions that create, transfer, change or cancel rights over Land shall
be recorded in the Land Register and final judgments confirming those
transactions shall also be likewise registered. No transaction shall have any
effect unless registered in the Land Register.
Any undertaking to transfer a Right over Land shall be limited to an obligation
to pay compensation if the obligor is in breach of his undertaking, whether the
undertaking contains a provision to pay compensation or not.
If the estate of a deceased contains Rights over Land then the certificate of
inheritance shall be registered in the Land Register and disposals by any heir
of any of these rights shall not be effective or recognized against third parties
unless registered in the Land Register.
The Department may for the purpose of settlement entertain applications for
registration submitted by Persons in possession of Land that is not registered
in their names.
Alterations or Corrections of Records in the Register of Land
The Department may, on the application of an interested party or on its own
initiative with notification to those concerned, correct clerical errors in the
records of the Land Register.
In co-ordination with the relevant authorities, the Department shall update its
records of Land Units and of what is located thereon such as buildings, plants
(1) For the purpose of the registration of Land Units and Land Areas, the
following maps shall be relied upon:
(a) typographic master map;
(b) map of Land Unit; and
(c) map of Land Area.
(2) Each Land Area shall have its own separate map indicating the Land
Units located on it and the numbers thereof.
(3) Each Land Unit shall have its own separate map indicating its site,
boundaries, width and length, area, its features, constructions located
on it and the numbers given for its neighboring units.
Dividing and Merging
If the dominant Land Unit is divided up, the right of easement shall remain in
existence in favour of each part of it, provided that that does not increase the
burden to the servient Land Unit. However, if the right benefits only some of
such parts, the owner of the servient Land Unit may apply to the Department
for the termination of the right in respect of the other parts.
If the servient Land Unit is divided up, the right of easement shall remain in
existence over each part of it. However, if the right is not in fact used over
some of such parts, and it is not possible to use it over those parts, the owner
of each part thereof may apply to the Department, in accordance with the
provisions of this Law, for the termination of the right in respect of his part.
Easement rights cease to exist by the acquisition of the dominant and servient
Land Units by the same owner.
If a Land Unit which is encumbered by an accessory Right over Land is
divided into two or more Land Units, then each such new Land Unit will be
encumbered by the whole accessory Right over Land. The new owners may
agree with the beneficiary of the accessory Right over Land for the division of
it in such way so that each new Land Unit will be encumbered by only part of
it, to be determined by mutual consent.
If two Land Units merge and one of them is encumbered by an accessory
Right over Land while the other is not, then the accessory Right over Land
shall extend on the whole of the new Land Unit without the approval of the
merger by the beneficiary of the accessory Right over Land. However, if each
of the two Land Units is encumbered by an independent accessory Right over
Land, then the beneficiary of each such accessory Right over Land must
approve the merger.
Any alteration in the Land Unit by dividing or merging shall be registered in
the Land Register.
The Department shall issue documents relating to Rights over Land on the
basis of the actual records of the Land Register.
Without prejudice to the provisions of any other law, apartment buildings and
multi-story buildings shall be treated as a single Land Unit and shall have one
record in the Land Register to be supplemented by records stating the names
of the owners of the apartments, stories and common parts.
(1) Ownership documents mentioned in Article (22) of this Law are
conclusive evidence of the Rights over Land contained therein.
(2) In the Land Unit record shall be set out any conditions, promises or
restrictions concerning Rights over Land and other obligations.
Provisions of the Federal Civil Transactions Law No. 5/1985 and its
amendments shall apply to all matters not provided for by this Law.
(1) Any agreement or transaction made contrary to the provisions of this
Law shall be null and void, as shall also be null and void any
agreement or disposal made with the intention to contravene the
provisions of this Law
(2) The nullity of such agreement or disposal may be invoked before the
Court by every Person having an interest, as well as by the
Department, or the Public Prosecution, and such nullity may also be
ordered by the Court on its own initiative.
The Decree dated 6 November 1977 concerning Civil and Criminal Cases in
Respect of Transactions Relating to Disposals of Lands in the Emirate of
Dubai shall be repealed.
The Head of the Department shall issue all the necessary regulations,
decisions, orders and instructions for the implementation of the provisions of
This Law shall be published in the Official Gazette and come into force as of
the date of its publication.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Ruler of Dubai
Issued in Dubai on:
13 March.2006 AD
13 Safar 1427 AH
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