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Archive for April 1st, 2009

Diary of a distressed property investor, Part IV – – RERA and other Departments you need to survive ? your property nightmare in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 1, 2009


source Kippreport

We know that property investors are struggling, and for the most part, we know why. But what most of us don’t know are everyday struggles they’re going through. One investor agreed to write a journal of her experiences for Kipp. We asked her to be ruthless: she obliged.

Click here to read Part I

Click here to read Part II

Click here to read Part III

Ah Rera. I loved the new regulations and announcements you made over the past eight months, and the threats you were making to incompliant developers raised my hopes that you’d come through for me.

I was wrong. Mind you, I know you have good intentions. All the announcements you’ve made recently are very nice, but it’s too bad that no one in your building has heard of them.

After months of waiting for my good-for-nothing developer to come through with either an announcement that they’ve broken ground or that they’ve cancelled the project, I decided to go to Rera to understand my rights, and to know what I would need to do to cancel my contract and get my money back.

Before I went, I called the authority a number of times to know what documents I needed to have with me to argue my case. Aside from the contract and the receipts, Rera asked me to prepare a letter explaining everything that had happened up until that point, and to outline – in detail – why I wanted to cancel my contract. I wrote it, printed it and filed it along with the hundreds of papers I had gathered about my developer.

I was ready!

Unfortunately, however, Rera wasn’t. I was told to get a number and wait for my turn at counter two. There was no one attending to counter two. I waited. I sat there with a file on my lap determined not to lose my temper, and waited for over an hour and fifteen minutes. No one showed up. I asked around if someone actually works at counter two, and I was told to be patient. So I waited some more.

And then, the guy sitting at counter one asked me what my issue was. I told him, and he said: ‘You shouldn’t be waiting here. You should go to the fourth floor, room 413, and speak to a legal consultant.’

So I went to room 413, where I found a waiting room with three people: two men and one woman, each sitting behind a desk chatting. I sat down and waited. Finally, one of the consultants turned to me and asked me what the problem was. I explained the whole thing. He said I should take my case to the Dubai Courts, and to speak to someone in the real estate section. I asked him why I had been told to come to Rera. He said he didn’t know.

Neither did I.

So I went to the Dubai Courts. I asked where the real estate department is, and I was taken by a helper to the department, and that’s when it hit me: no wonder developers feel they can do what they want. The department was made up of four men, two of which were throwing paper balls at each other, the third guy, the receptionist, was playing a game on his phone, and fourth man, the only one who was helping, was neither in mood nor capable of speaking English.

I spoke to him with my broken Arabic, explaining the mess I’m in and what I need from my developer (my money, my dignity, plus 9 percent interest). He was helpful, and once we got talking, he proved to be helpful. But the process he outlined hurt my brain.

He told me to draft a letter stating all the laws my developer has broken, and have it translated in Arabic. Then I should go to the public notary at the Dubai Court and have the letter authenticated. The court would then send the letter to the developer in the hopes that the mavericks would run to their escrow account and withdraw my cash.

If that doesn’t work, he said, go to court.

Court! I have never gone to court before. I didn’t even know how much hiring a lawyer costs. So I called a number of British and Emirati law firms to get an idea.

Apparently, here’s how it works: if I seek legal representation from a foreign lawyer, I’d have to pay him or her up to AED1,800 an hour for the ground work, but I’d also have to pay court fees and hire a local lawyer – who’d get up to 15 percent of what the court awards me – if my case goes to court. So, my foreign lawyer would act as a consultant to my local lawyer; in short, I’d have a team of lawyers, and I could kiss my present and future savings goodbye.

Or, I can go straight to a local lawyer and pay him or her directly. But then I wouldn’t have peace of mind.

It’s a tough choice, especially given that what little money I have is tied in a phantom property.

I was ready to give the translator and typist the letter that I drafted for Rera, but then I realized that I still have no idea what my rights are. How am I supposed to know if my developer has broken property laws if I don’t know what the laws are? And what am I supposed to understand of the property laws if most of the people I encountered at Rera and the court each told me a different story? The only laws I can reiterate are those that have appeared in the press, such as the much-contested and highly controversial Law 13. And to be fair, I don’t even know what it actually says, I just like the fact that investors have won cases because their lawyer’s cited it in court; last week an investor won his money back because his developer failed to register the transaction 60 days after it took place…thank you Law 13.

Incidentally, does anyone know how to find out whether your property or transaction has been registered with the Land Department?

In any case, I decided against having my letter translated. I didn’t want my developer to read a ‘threatening’ letter that had gaps. I wanted them read something that’ll knock them unconscious.

All I need now are the laws. Does anyone know where I can find them…in English?


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Dubai : Yamadayev still alive ?

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 1, 2009


source The National

DUBAI // Police disclosed yesterday that the former Chechen warlord who was shot and killed on Saturday had survived 19 previous attempts on his life before he moved to Dubai, even as the victim’s family continued to insist that he had only been wounded and was still alive.

It also emerged that the victim, Sulim Yamadayev, 36, had been living in the city with his wife and six children in a flat owned by the family. Earlier, police said Yamadayev had “retired” and moved to Dubai four months ago.

A police source said that despite the presence of two unarmed bodyguards, Yamadayev was unable to escape the 20th assassination attempt.

“There were 19 failed assassinations,” the source said, “and they succeeded in the 20th.”

According to the police, Yamadayev, a former Chechen rebel fighter who switched sides to fight for the Russians, was shot in the back of the head on Saturday afternoon in the car park of his apartment block at Jumeirah Beach Residence.

“No one is allowed to carry a gun here except for national security officers, and that’s why his bodyguards were unarmed and couldn’t defend him,” the police source said.

Meanwhile, Yamadayev’s extended family continued to insist yesterday that he was alive and recovering from the attack in a Dubai hospital.

The police remain adamant that Yamadayev died at the scene, with one senior official saying Yamadayev had been buried yesterday at Al Quoz cemetery.

Six hospitals in Dubai, when contacted by The National, said they did not have a patient by the name of Yamadayev.

Bloomberg News quoted Dr Ben Omran, whom it identified as an official at the police morgue, as saying that Yamadayev’s body had been released to his family.

Ziad Spassibi, a senator who represents Chechnya in the upper house of the Russian parliament, also supported the police account. “Unfortunately, he is dead and has been buried in Dubai,” he told the Russian Interfax news agency. “He was buried on Monday in the Al Quoz cemetery in Dubai at 3pm local time. This information is from official channels in the United Arab Emirates.”

According to Interfax, some Russian media have speculated that the police are trying to protect a wounded Yamadayev while they hunt for the culprits.

Bloomberg News also reported that Yamadayev’s younger brother, Isa, was continuing to insist that his brother had survived the attack. He visited his brother in hospital yesterday for the third day, Isa Yamadayev said, and doctors told him that his brother’s life was not in danger.

Later, Agence France-Presse reported that a Russian television station had carried an interview with Isa Yamadayev, again claiming his brother was alive.

“He feels fine,” he reportedly told NTV in a telephone interview from Dubai. “The doctors do not let us talk with him for a long time. They also said nothing threatens his life. Everything will be fine.”

The victim’s wife, Milana, and six children are believed to be in Dubai, but it is unclear if they are staying in the apartment, which is said to be registered in the name of Yamadayev’s wife.

Kommersant, a Russian newspaper, quoted Milana as saying that she, too, had seen her husband alive in hospital yesterday.

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Seven people have been arrested in Dubai in connection with the killing of Sulim Yamadayev.

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 1, 2009


source presstv

At least seven people have been arrested in Dubai in connection with the killing of Sulim Yamadayev, says a Russian consulate official.

Yamadayev, leading opponent of Chechnya’s pro-Moscow president Ramzan Kadyrov, was gunned down by unknown assailants in an underground garage in Dubai on Saturday. He later died from his wounds after falling into a coma at a military hospital.

“The suspects are all currently at the Prosecutor General’s Office in Dubai,” Russia’s Consulate General Sergei Krasnogor told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, adding that all the suspects had Slavic surnames.

Krasnogor will meet the UAE’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday to discuss the arrests and Yamadayev’s murder, RIA said.

Reuters also quoted the Dubai police chief as saying on Tuesday that a Russian national had been detained in connection with the murder.

Reports had earlier emerged that Yamadayev was alive and undergoing medical treatment in a Dubai hospital. However, a Dubai police source, speaking to RIA, dismissed the reports that Yamadayev had survived the attack.

Yamadayev is the latest of the foes of Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov to be killed in recent years.

Yamadayev — dubbed as a ‘Hero of Russia’ for his anti-terrorist military service in the Caucasus — was removed from his duties in August over an alleged involvement in the 1998 abduction and murder of a Chechen tradesman.

Yamadayev’s older brother, Ruslan, a former Duma deputy, was one of the Chechen exiles whose assassination in September last year is blamed on Kadyrov — a charge the Chechen president has categorically denied.

Five months ago and after the death of his brother, Yamadayev together with his wife and 6 children fled to Dubai, where he lived under a false name.

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