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Posted by 7starsdubai on March 28, 2009


by Robert to 7StarsDubai

Until recently I worked in the ‘legal’ department of a major property developer in Dubai. These investors are 100% correct. The unscrupulous practices being carried out by Developers in Dubai in order to defraud investors of the money they’ve handed over in good faith is quite incredible.

It’s a massive scandal just waiting to be revealed. I just hope these investors are sucessful in their quest to reveal the extent of the scandal. We are talking about billions of dollars of investors money, not millions.

These developers have taken the money from investors, spent it and now cancelled the projects to which the money relates. The crux of the problem is the companies won’t now refund investors their money back as they simply don’t have this money anymore. They’re broke. If they were in an western country we’d say they were Insolvent or Bankrupt. They simply shouldn’t still be trading.

They can’t now give the investors the money back and they’ve spent it (or hidden it away in accounts in far off places). All these developers were relying upon is the ‘Pyramid Scheme’ they’ve been operating wouldn’t come to an end. Sadly the credit crunch arrived and their income gravy train has come to a sudden and abrupt halt. Now blind panic has set in amongst these developers and investors quite rightly ask for their money back in relation to the numerous cancelled projects. The scandal is that the developers are doing every trick in their big sordid book of malpractices in order to avoid having to refund such money, for the reasons I’ve said.

The Dubai Government and the so called ‘Real Estate Regulation Authority (RERA)’ are doing next to nothing to stop these sharks. They shouldn’t be surprised therefore that the pack of cards they’ve tried to build in Dubai over the last few years is now going to come tumbling down around their sorry, sordid ears. You reap what you sow.

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After the gold rush: Getting paid in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 27, 2009


source building UK

It is claimed that the average contractor is owed £50m, while some consultants’ fees are being slashed in half. Roxane McMeeken finds out just how bad Dubai’s payment problems have become

Dubai is looking more and more like a place with a great future behind it. You can see that most clearly on the billboards erected beside empty sites and motionless tower cranes. “Ordinary is for other people” says the one where the Trump Tower was to have gone. Well, nemesis follows hubris: at least half of the emirate’s construction projects are “on hold” according to research firm Proleads, and nobody knows when, or if, they will start again.

New signs of the desperate state of Dubai’s developers are emerging every day. To look at the top three of them is telling: Union Properties has admitted it would welcome a merger after shelving its flagship £320m Formula One theme park in Dubailand. Emaar recently announced yet more cancelled projects: Asmaran (a 70 million ft2 , £17bn mixed-community scheme billed as “a jewel in the desert”), Maysan (three residential towers, also covering 70 million ft2) and Warsan (500 villas covering 3.4 million ft2). Meanwhile, Nakheel is facing a fraud investigation and has put its £2bn mall expansion plan on hold. It has also been hit by the halving of property prices on its celebrated Palm Jumeira project. Four-bedroom garden homes on a frond are going for £1.2m compared with £2.6m in July.

Where does all this leave the British consultants and contractors who count these developers among their top clients?

The short answer is, cash-strapped. Some are seeing their fees slashed – a Building survey of more than 150 people working in the UAE found that two-thirds of them have been asked to drop their prices recently. Others have been waiting for payments for six months and many are considering legal action.

What went wrong?

The first problem was that many developers were reliant on bank credit rather than oil revenue, as is often thought. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has about 10% of the world’s oil, but Dubai has almost none. Banks were happy to keep lending to its developers as long as property prices were going up, and could act as collateral for more lending and more construction. But when property prices started tumbling, this virtuous circle turned vicious and clients ran out of money to pay consultants and contractors.

Abu Dhabi’s $10bn (£7bn) loan to Dubai announced in February appeared to offer a glimmer of hope, especially when the Dubai government said this money would mainly go to state-linked developers. But questions are being raised about how far it will go. For one thing, Dubai has declared that it owes at least $80bn (£56bn), of which almost a quarter falls due for repayment this year. The boss of a UK consultant with a large presence in Dubai says: “The $10bn won’t even cover developers’ interest payments.” He adds that compounding this is the fact that Dubai has so few ways to make money. Last year, 65% of its GDP was from real estate. He adds: “And there is no oil, no exports, no tax and 80% of the population are expats, many of whom are leaving.” Now the fee cuts are spreading to Abu Dhabi, where developer Aldar has written to consultants to ask them to cut fees – on live projects by up to 20%.

Late payments and fee cuts

So how bad has it got for UK firms? Certainly there is no sign that the government cash is filtering through. A senior source at a UK contractor in Dubai is fuming. He says: “The average contractor here is owed about £50m.”

A source at a UK project manager says some payments from Dubai developers are up to six months late; Mace and EC Harris are saying openly that it is taking at least three months to get paid. WSP is estimated to have set aside £4m to cover bad debts and project management consultancy Blair Anderson now employs someone full-time solely to chase payments in Dubai.

Meanwhile, the head of a British specialist working on a major project that stopped in October says his firm was paid 20% of what it was owed in January. He said he has no idea when he will get the rest, although he believes it will come through eventually, as his client is linked to the Dubai government.

Then there are the fee cuts, which are affecting most firms. Evan Anderson, group director of Blair Anderson, says the firm’s fees are between 20% and 30% lower than six months ago. But he is still better off than many architects, whose fees Anderson is renegotiating on behalf of clients. He says: “We are doing a lot of reverse briefing of designers. We’re asking them to cut their fees by up to half and to change the materials they’re specifying to bring down costs by about 30%.”

Contractors across Dubai are having to renegotiate tenders, typically resulting in 15-20% being lopped off their money. The senior contractor says: “Contractors here had been enjoying margins of seven, eight or nine per cent. Now clients are trying to get us to take margins as low as three or even one per cent. They also want to lengthen programmes so that cash flow is less onerous. It’s chaos.”

More pain for consultants is arriving in the form of deferred payment plans. Mark Prior, head of the Middle East for EC Harris, says: “We are discussing deals that would mean we will be paid in six months’ time – or half of what we’re owed in three months and the rest in six.”

Other companies are understood to have been forced to accept payment in the forms of stakes in a development. George Grant, operations director for infrastructure at M&E specialist Drake & Scull, says: “We have no experience of taking equity instead of cash but we would consider it. Our view is we want to work with the clients if it means that work goes ahead.”

“We are doing a lot of reverse briefing of designers. We’re asking them to cut their fees by up to half and to change the materials specified”
Evan Anderson, Blair Anderson

Others are more wary. Anderson has refused payment in shares: “They offer you 1% of a development that you have had no involvement on and no idea how it works. If you invest in something you want to do detailed research on it.”

Meanwhile, the old model of developers paying contractors with money from sales of units in buildings before it has been completed is a thing of the past. Projects launched on this model are being refinanced. Under the new deals institutional investors are brought in and contractors are forced to accept deferred payments.

Anderson says: “The previous model based on off-plan sales is no longer viable, so total financing is being done by investment, and selling is happening when the building is under construction.”

As a result, development is less gung-ho, he adds, which in turn means people are earning lower fees over a longer period. Developments are being built in phases. “Before, a developer would build three high-rises at once; now they are building them one by one. They build a tower, sell it, then use the proceeds to build the next one.”

Such is the state of the market that those who are actually getting paid do not want to admit it. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the head of a British architect’s Dubai office said: “I would rather you didn’t put my name in your article because if other people working for my client find out that I’ve been paid, they’ll be demanding that the client pays them too, and then I’ll have to answer to the client.”

He says at the moment you have the best chance of being paid if you are needed to help with the process of putting a project on hold. “If you are not essential – that is, if you are not putting remedial works in place so the client can put work on hold – you will not get paid.”

Will developers ever pay?

The gravest concern of all is caused by rumours that some developers are about to go bust. Despite their government links, there is no guarantee the state will step in to save these firms. A source at a project manager in Dubai says: “It’s impossible to say whether the government will pay developers’ debts or not. State sponsorship is relatively loose here. Nobody knows whether certain developers are going to be mothballed, merged or go bust.”

Drake & Scull’s Grant, a Middle East veteran, says: “There’s no doubt some clients have run out of money and will disappear. Not the big names though, they need to renegotiate their finance deals but they will carry on.”

He may be right, but the question of when they will pay is still causing UK firms to fret. Emaar, to take one developer, has just had its debt downgraded by Standard & Poor, the ratings agency, from –A to BBB+. It made a loss of 1.6bn dirhams (£304m) in the last quarter of 2008. Meanwhile, the government has warned that the economy may shrink in the second half of 2009.

Most developers are declining to comment on the payment issue, including Nakheel. A spokesperson from developer Limitless did speak to us and insisted that all creditors would be paid. She said: “We’re renegotiating some payment plans, but not all, as part of our overall response to the global situation.”

An Emaar spokesperson also sent the following statement: “Payments for contractors and consultants are based on a credit cycle and set deliverables agreed with them. All payments that meet the criteria have been honoured and will continue to be cleared, in line with our agreements.”

But for those still waiting to be paid and suffering, what recourse is there? Another source says: “Historically, if you’re not getting paid here, you don’t rock the boat; the last thing you do is resort to litigation. But now people are getting highly emotional. If you’re working on a huge project and you recruited a huge team to do it, and you’re owed millions, well maybe it is time to sue.”

He adds that he expects to see “some big disputes in the next three months”, which is perhaps ironic considering that Dubai is aiming to become a regional dispute resolution centre. Prior is among those who admit that “litigation is an option we have our eye on”. It’s a statement that would have been unthinkable in Dubai a year ago.

As the legal cases loom (see box, previous page), it’s clear that relations between clients and project teams are strained to the limit. The head of another UK consultancy, who asked not be named, revealed a conversation he had with a senior emirati working for a big developer. “I said to him, if I don’t get my money, I will sue. He said, you will never work in Dubai again. I said, why would I want to?”

Disputes in Dubai

Dubai’s legal system is facing a sudden rush of disputes, and there are doubts about how well it is going to handle them. The first problem is the absence of adjudication. Paul Taylor, a partner at lawyer HBJ Gateley Wareing, says: “Unlike in the UK, there is no quick fix in Dubai. Here, arbitration and litigation, are the only ways to get your money.” Even worse, arbitration in Dubai takes up to two years – even longer than in the UK.

Another problem is certification. Of course, getting an engineer’s certificate proving you have done the work and are therefore entitled to be paid is an important piece of ammunition in the fight for your fee. However, in Dubai, Taylor says many contracts include a clause saying that an engineer cannot approve a piece of work without the client’s sign off. “These clauses are being disputed, but it’s still tough.”

People are looking at alternative methods of resolving disputes. Next month a “mediation centre” is being set up that will fast-track dispute resolution through an independent party. Taylor says it is a mid step between amicable settlement and arbitration and could resolve a dispute in two or three weeks. The problem, though, is that it will only work if both parties voluntarily accept the verdict.

Most projects are on the FIDIC contract. The 1999 version contains a clause that allows the use of a dispute resolution board, which can take six to 12 weeks. Earlier versions of the contract do not tend to offer this option.

Even if you do resolve a dispute to your satisfaction, then you have the problem of enforcing the decision. Taylor recommends a “more commercial” way of tackling a dispute. “Knock on the client’s door and try to explain your difficulties face to face. And get your local sponsor to act as an intermediary.” As a last resort, you can threaten to terminate the work you’re doing for the client – an approach that will only work if the project is continuing.

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More than 350 investors in Nakheel’s Palm Jebel Ali have signed a petition – Delays prompt Nakheel investors to act

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 24, 2009


March 23. 2009 9:44PM UAE / March 23. 2009 5:44PM GMT

source The National

More than 350 investors in Nakheel’s Palm Jebel Ali have signed a petition urging the developer to reschedule their payment plans because their villas will be ready four years late.

While land reclamation on the development, the second of Nakheel’s Palm trilogy, is complete and infrastructure work is under way, construction of the villas is yet to begin.

Investors were told in January the handover of property had been changed to 2012, having initially been scheduled for last June.

The letter referred to other developers who had revised payment plans because of the global economic crisis and said “as Nakheel is the region’s biggest developer, we expect the same or better”.

A Nakheel spokesman said the company was addressing the issue and working with the Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) for a solution. This could involve a restructured payment plan. The spokesman told investors Nakheel would respond to the petition in “two to three days”.

“I was disappointed that we could not meet with the real decision makers, who we requested an appointment with,” said Saqib Iqbal, a representative of the investors group.

“We have paid for the last three years, so we wanted to get answers to our concerns.

The project has already been delayed by four years and there is no guarantee that even after four years it will be delivered.

So why, if something has been delayed for so long, are they still collecting payments?
It’s completely irresponsible.”

Mr Iqbal has bought one of more than 1,300 villas planned for the development. “I’m an end-user and I want the project to be successful, but I also want it to be very transparent that if I’m making a payment, it is going towards constructing my villa.”

In response to the slowdown in the property market and liquidity shortages, RERA announced this year that the first 30 per cent of the sales price of a unit would be “up front” and not connected to construction, but the remaining 70 per cent of payments would be linked to construction progress.

The move was expected to remedy a widespread situation in Dubai where a buyer may have paid a significant percentage of the price to the developer when construction had only just begun.

RERA is also encouraging developers to adjust their payment schedules to allow buyers more time to pay and reduce the risk of default. Firms including Deyaar Developments, Union Properties and Emaar Properties have already announced new payment plans.

Villa prices at Palm Jebel Ali fell about 45 per cent during the last quarter of last year, with some “distressed sellers” now selling their units at Dh800 per square foot, compared with more than Dh2,000 when the project was launched.

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European investors seek RERA and government intervention in protracted dispute with Jumeirah Waves Business Towers project – Al Tayer

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 22, 2009


source Zawya

a-letter-to-dubai-falconJumeirah Waves Business Towers project in Jumeirah Village South remains undeveloped more than two years after investors purchased units from developer.

in Dubai who have bought units in the Jumeirah Waves Business Towers (JWBT), a commercial development project comprises 3 identical towers located in Jumeirah Village South (JVS), are urging government authorities in Dubai, Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) and master Developer of the JVS project, Nakheel, to intervene in an ongoing dispute with the project developer High Rise Properties, a protracted conflict that the complainants claim could potentially hurt the overall investor confidence in Dubai and ultimately deliver a negative impact on Dubai and the United Arab Emirates’investment landscape. A number of European investors revealed that the developer has not started any substantial work on the JWBT developments and has also been unwilling to entertain requests by investors for a refund and compensation since selling to them the units almost two and a half years ago.

The affected investors claimed that up to 50 per cent of the entire units in the 3 towers have been sold out, while buyers have paid between 15 to 60 per cent of the total amount of their respective units. The complainants further said that they do not believe that the delay in the start of construction of the JWBT has been caused by the ongoing global financial crisis since construction work on the project was actually supposed to have started more than two years ago – at the height of the real estate boom in Dubai and the region.

“It has been more than two years since our group and other investors have purchased units in the JWBT development; but until now the project area is still undeveloped and the developer –High Rise Properties- has remained elusive and unable to give us a reasonable time table for the development. There is certainly a breakdown in transparency and accountability somewhere and we urge the concerned government authorities in Dubai, mainly RERA and Nakheel, to step in and resolve this problem before it goes out of hand and negatively affect investor confidence in Dubai,” said Richard Moore, a representative of the affected European investors.

“High rise Properties have given a lot of excuses and promises, but nothing concrete has been done to at least make the investors feel that their investments are being safeguarded. It is not just the money that we have invested in this project that”s at stake here; this kind of attitude by a developer will certainly cause further damage to the reputation of Dubai”s real estate sector at a time when the industry is supposed to be consolidating its forces and building its image to limit the ill-effects of the global financial crisis,” added Moore.

The investors further pointed out that the JWBT developer, High Rise Properties, a company controlled by the influential and powerful Al Tayer family, has earlier made several excuses for being unable to start the project, including an alleged two-year delay in the turnover of the allocated land. The investors also claimed that the project has been registered with RERA, which makes the developer and its owner Abdul Hakim Al Tayer, fully accountable to the government. However, the complainants have urged concerned authorities to act swiftly and with full transparency on the matter as they fear that Al Tayer family may use its clout to influence the result of any investigation that may arise.

Abdul Hakim Al Tayer and the management of High Rise Properties have been uncooperative and we are left with no other resource but to ask the government to help us settle this issue. Naturally, we can”t allow our investments to lay idle for an extended period without knowing what the future holds for the project. Moreover, there is obviously something wrong within this organisation considering it has been two years and they have not made any effort to push this project or reach a settlement with affected investors. Surely, the government must take a look at this case, considering its potential impact on the future of Dubai”s investment climate,” concluded Moore.

For further information and queries pls contact:
Richard Moore
Representative of a group of European Investors in Dubai
e-mail: EuroInvestInDubai@gmail.com

To contact RERA:
Call Center : +971 – 4 – 222 – 1112
Fax No : +971 – 4 – 222 – 2251 ,
Phone No : + 971 – 4 – 222 – 2253
Dubai Land Department,
Real Estate Regulatory Agency
www.rera.ae

To Contact High Rise Properties:
HIGH RISE REAL ESTATE L.L.C.
Telephone: + 971 4 3212120
Fax: + 971 4 3212128
P.O.Box: 11559 Dubai, U.A.E
Email: info@highrise-re.com
Toll Free: 800 HIGHRISE (44447473)
www.highrise.ae

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Worst Case – You need a lawyer in UAE ? …. Lawyers in UAE are highest paid in the world

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 17, 2009


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Lawyers in the UAE are the highest paid – not just in the region – but across the world, say experts.

As per the figures provided to Emirates Business by Acritas, the legal sector researcher based in UK, the average hourly rates for lawyers in Dubai are the highest.

In the UAE, it’s $610/hour (Dh2,240) and within the country Dubai lawyers charge more ($663/hour) when compared to Abu Dhabi ($551/hour).
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Dubai – The very special Hand Over Blues Made by DAMAC – Developer asks for extra 5 %

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 10, 2009


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Owners of the Lake View building at the Jumeirah Lake Towers by Damac Properties are up in arms after the developer asked them to pay an extra five per cent of their property value weeks before the final handover.

Owners of units in the Lake View building at the Jumeirah Lake Towers received a notice from Damac on February 9 stating that the floor space of their unit has been revised and that they have to pay between Dh30,000 and Dh55,000 extra on their final invoice, otherwise they will be charged a penalty or risk losing their property. The handover is this Sunday.

Ali Mohammad, owner of a two-bedroom unit, said Damac has turned down his request to have his apartment measured by a surveyor.

“They said I would have to pay the additional fees by the handover date. Only then would they reimburse me if any discrepancies were found with the measured size of the apartment,” said Mohammad.

Bank executive Salman Jawaid, who bought an apartment in September, said the fee was “unjustified” as the mortgage deal stipulated that “the first payment was to be made on the day of the handover”.

Roger Fleming, who bought a one-bedroom apartment, said he has been asked to pay Dh35,000 for an extra 54 sq ft.

Land fee

Fleming said he was puzzled by the two per cent shown in his invoice as “land fee”. “I contacted Rera (Real Estate Regulatory Authority) and found out the land fee is one per cent and that it should be paid directly to Rera,” he said.

Niall McLoughlin, Damac Senior Vice-President for Corporate Communications, has urged owners to be patient. He said the interpretation of Article Number 12 of Law 13 has yet to be clarified. “We expect Rera to shortly issue by-laws in relation to area variations. Obviously, we will adhere to any regulations issued by Rera.”

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What must an investor do if he suspects a developer isn’t meeting construction milestones?

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 9, 2009


original published GulfNews

Article (17) of Law No (8) 2007 is introduced, what must an investor do if he suspects a developer isn’t meeting construction milestones?

Law No (8) of 2007 came into effect on June 28, 2007.

Article (17) details circumstances under which a developer shall be cancelled from the Register of Developers. One circumstance is that the developer has failed to start construction within six months of being granted permission to sell off-plan, except
if the developer has an acceptable excuse.

No developer may carry out real estate development activities unless it is on the Register of Developers. Under Article (17), the Land Department is in charge of the Register of Developers and therefore where an investor feels a developer
is in breach of Article (17) and they cannot sort the matter between themselves, the investor should approach the Land Department
to help resolve the issue.

If I’m already an off-plan investor, will the new law be
of assistance to me too?
Law No. (8) of 2007 applies to contracts between investors and developers whether signed before, on or after June 28, 2007. While that law does not oblige a developer to use a payment schedule that is linked to construction milestones, RERA has recently made three recommendations.

Firstly, each developer will be restricted from collecting more than 30% of payments on developments until the developer started construction. Secondly, each developer will be precluded from selling off-plan until (i) it owns the land to be developed and (ii) it has completed
at least 20% of construction.

Thirdly, each payment plan must link payment installments to milestones in  the construction of the development. Although these recommendations are not yet law, this seems to be
RERA’s intention.

Under the new rental regulation, how do I know whether the cap applies to the property I’m leasing?

If property was rented during 2008 and the rent in 2008 was between the average standard rent and 75% of the average standard rent, then the rent in 2009 may not be increased (certain increases are permitted where the 2008 rent was less than 75% of the average standard rent).

A property’s average standard rent will likely be halfway between the low figure and the high figure for rents in that area in Dubai. (For details go to http://www.rpdubai.ae.)

I’ve heard that if investors have disputes with a developer and want to pursue matters further, they need to put down 7.5% of the total cost of the investment as a down payment, before they will be heard at a tribunal. Is this true?
In the contract between the investor and the developer, there will be a clause that states whether disputes are to be resolved before the Dubai Court or at arbitration. This clause will state the conditions (if any) that must be satisfied before a dispute goes to court or to arbitration.

 
It is possible that a specific contract would require payment of a given percentage of the purchase price,
but there are no hard-and-fast rules.
The investor should carefully read the terms of his contract in order to establish his position.  

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