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Al Fajer Properties Case – Zadeh says he’s a victim of a system in which the rulers can manipulate police and the courts to protect their business

Posted by 7starsdubai on July 19, 2009

Al Fajer Properties Dubai 2009 , Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum

In this Gulf city-state, two things have long been untouchable: business interests and the ruling family. However, an attempt to sue a member of the family over an alleged financial swindle is a sign of how much the economic crisis has rattled business as usual here.

Shahram Abdullah Zadeh accuses the brother-in-law , sheikh Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, of Dubai’s emir illegally of taking over his real-estate firm Al Fajer Properties and having him detained by police to help the swindle.

Zadeh, a 37-year-old Iranian national who has lived in Dubai all his life, brought a civil case against the brother-in-law and his son Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum to get his firm Al Fajer Properties back, a rare move. Even more surprising, shrahm Zadeh tried to raise criminal charges, but that step went nowhere because prosecutors rejected it.

The case has raised questions about whether Dubai really is what it claims to be: A boomtown where international businessmen can safely invest and turn a profit; or rather, a nest of cronyism and connections where royal blood can still trump entrepreneurial effort.

Such questions were largely ignored by everyone – businessmen and politicians alike – as long as the cash was rolling in during Dubai’s stunning expansion over the past decade. But now the emirate has hit the skids in the world financial crisis.

“During the boom, Dubai’s shortcomings were glossed over, but now that the economy is struggling, it’s becoming a different story,” said Christopher Davidson, an author of two books on the United Arab Emirates and a lecturer at Durham University in Britain.

Dubai’s emir, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, led the emirate’s vast financial ambitions. But business ran far ahead of the effort to modernize legislation in what remains a traditional Arab monarchy, where the ruler and his family hold final say.

Now the government has been trying to rein in some fast-and-loose business practices. About a dozen former executives are in custody for various investigations. Some have close ties to the government, but none of those in custody are related to the ruling family.

Zadeh’s case goes farther – breaking to taboo of questioning Dubai’s leadership. Zadeh says he’s a victim of a system in which the rulers can manipulate police and the courts to protect their business.

“If Dubai cannot provide security for foreign investors, they might as well switch off all the lights,” he said.

Attempts over the past weeks by The Associated Press to contact the brother-in-law, Sheikh Hasher Maktoum bin Juma’a Al Maktoum, were unsuccessful. Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoumand his company attorneys did not return repeated phone calls or respond to interview requests.

In the first session of Zadeh’s civil case, Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum and his lawyers failed to appear. In the second a week ago, his lawyer asked the court for more time to study the allegations. The case is to resume May 4.

Zadeh and the Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum went into business in 2004. Foreigners are allowed to deal in property only after finding an Emirati sponsor to officially register a company. The usual practice is for the Emirati sponsor to give his signature for an annual fee or profit share. Several members of the sprawling ruling family are involved in such deals.

Zadeh set up a firm, Al Fajer Properties, and was chief executive while Sheikh  Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum held the trade license. The firm was profitable and is now worth about $2 billion, according to Zadeh. But the partnership soured over delays in building a commercial tower, Juemirah Business Centre.

Zadeh said in an affidavit to Dubai’s attorney general that he was arrested in February 2008 and held for 60 days. He says he was never charged with any crime but was questioned over his business – including the combination of his safe.

While Zadeh was in detention, Sheikh Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum took over the company Al Fajer Properties by appointing his son Sheik Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum as chief executive, ousting Zadeh, according to Zadeh’s filing. When he was released, Zadeh says he found his office safe had been cleaned of documents showing he was the owner of Al Fajer Properties and Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoums partner.

Zadeh also says police tried to push him to sign a document saying he had no connection to Al Fajer Properties. He submitted to the court

Al Fajer documents listing him as CEO and transactions that his lawyers contend show he was the sole investor. The Associated Press was given a copy.

Sheikh Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum  “thought he could do it all because he’s a Sheik,” Zadeh said.

Police refused to comment on whether Zadeh was detained. Shahram Zadeh says they continue to hold his passport and so far he has had little luck pushing his claims.

He submitted a criminal complaint but the attorney general refused to investigate, giving no reason.

Zadeh then filed a complaint directly to Dubai’s emir, who holds what is called the Ruler’s Court. Residents can bring to the emir what they believe are injustices unaddressed by the courts – from disputes over money to wrongful deaths.

Zadeh says he has received no response.

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Al Fajer Properties Case Comment of the Day

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 18, 2009

Comment of the day – to Al Fajer Properties by Journalist 2009


Al Fajer Properties: FORCING ( Extort) an investor to sign a document and a unit ( Apartment)which is not existing in the way like describted in the letters of Al Fajer to this purchaser .

This acts happen in January 2008 and have been enforced (  after this email (January 2008, shown below)) again with extortion against the purchaser by Al Fajer Properties under the so called “New Management” in March 2008 ! Al Fajer Properties is holding until today( 2009) the 45 % payment made by the purchaser directly to Nakheel until mid 2006.

Al Fajer Properties terminate the rights of this investor in March 2008, which the purchaser several times rejected until today, than they start to talk again with him, after he didnt agree to a next taken agressive extortion by them, they start again to terminate his rights – this happen in 2008 – 2009 – not under the former CEO Zadeh, this happen in a direct way by Maktoum Hasher Maktoum over an english lawyer.
To force an purcahser who bought an APARTMENT in an RESIDENTIAL TOWER ( PLOT 3) – in which it is cle since a long time by the plans of Al Fajer ( but this was never uncovered to the purchaser) , that this RESEIDENTIAL BUILDING is not RESIDENTIAL – it is 100 % COMMERCIAL – to say it short – to force somebody to agree to a contract in which an object is mentioned which will never exist : How do you call an act like this ?

And using this not agreeing as the reason to terminate the rights of the purchaser – who hold offical confirmations from DMCC in which everything is very clear mentioned  – how do you call this ?

An email from Al Fajer Properties to this victim left from the former Falcon Tower , Plot H3, once  original purchased at Nakheel in 2005, transfered by DMCC in 2006 to Al Fajer Properties with the clear contractual agreement betweeen DMCC and the purchaser, that Al Fajer Proeprties will deliver an APARTENT in A RESIDENTIAL TOWER ( PLOT H3) JLT, like once purchased at NAKHEEL in 2005.  “NOTHING will change to the once original Purchase” ! … Completion 2008, crytsal clear lake view, 100 sqm luxury apartment – once named and launched by Nakheel as Falcon Tower Plot H3 , Jumeirah Lake Towers !!!!!!

Those victims of the Al Fajer game never hold a so called signable Contract in their hands. It was a Draft full of mistakes and blanks, with no floor plan with no attachments about the apartment…. only an inclomplete draft …. on which they forced ( extort)  them to agree and sign by writig them  the following email , early 2008
email: January 2008 ( an email full of lies !!!!!!!)
Dear Mr ……..

Thank you for your email dated 31 January 2008 in relation to the typing error on your statement.  I have pleasure to attach an amended statement for your records which clearly shows your funds have been assigned to your unit on Plot H3.  Please be advised that despite the error showing the name of the tower, you have and will remain in Plot H3, in the same floor, in the same unit, as per the contracts in your possession.

I would also like to apologise for the delay in responding to your email 23rd January 2008, however this was due to the fact that this was incorrectly addressed to sharam@hhfajer.ae, instead of shahram@hhfajer.ae.   For all future email correspondence, we would be grateful if you could please send directly to my email leighjones@alfajerproperties.ae to ensure a prompt response.
Whilst writing, I would like to draw your attention to our email dated 17 January 2007 (copy attached) as we have still not received a response nor the required documentation.  As discussed, we are still awaiting your formal agreement to proceed with the contract for the Apartment in Plot H3 – Unit …, where we had provided an extended deadline for return of 24 January 2008, as these contracts have been in your possession since October 2007.

As a gesture of goodwill, we would like to hereby once again extend the deadline of 5 days from the date of this email (namely Tuesday 5 February 2008).   Unfortunately failure to provide the required documentation and agreement to proceed by this date, will be taken as your decision not to proceed with the purchase, whereby we will organise the immediate refund of your original booking deposit together with the cancellation of your rights in the property.
For the avoidance of doubt, we are continuing to act in good faith by once again extending deadlines, but cannot continue without the signed contracts being returned.

I trust the above answers your queries in detail and I look forward to hearing from you shortly, however in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly should you require any further clarification or assistance.

Kindest regards

Leigh Jones Al Fajer Properties

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Dubai Fraud alligations – The Case Dynasty Zarooni: Complaint at Dubai Police now also against Al Fajer Properties

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 10, 2009

original published Financial Times



fraud1Dubai Police are investigating fraud allegations against the chairman of one of Dubai’s largest private real estate companies as dozens of aggrieved investors claim he defrauded them of more than $100m.

Kabir Mulchandani, the chairman of Dynasty Zarooni, was arrested last week on allegations of fraud and is helping with inquiries, police officers told the Financial Times.

At least 10 members of Dynasty Zarooni’s ”investment club”, which last year promised vast profits from the company’s preferential access to real estate deals, have lodged complaints against Mr Mulchandani, an Indian national, his Emirati business partner, Hilal Al Zarooni, their joint venture Dynasty Zarooni, and two other employees.

Investors say that Mr Mulchandani in March received subscription fees of Dh300,000 a month from 12 members. He promised them returns of Dh1m a month after six months, or Dh6m, in September, they say.

One British loser says he was encouraged by initial profits made by another club member, who had reinvested the proceeds into the scheme rather than taking the cash.

The fraud allegations weigh further on Dubai’s financial hangover as its six-year property boom fizzles out, with investor confidence hitting rock bottom as people are marooned in an illiquid, declining market while developers are hamstrung by financing difficulties.

More than 25 executives have been detained in an anti-corruption investigation at state-linked property companies. None have gone to trial yet, but the arrests have had an impact on investor confidence in Dubai.

News of the complaints against the chairman could raise concerns among other investors in Dynasty Zarooni’s claimed Dh21bn real estate portfolio.

Mr Zarooni denied any participation in, or knowledge of, a fraudulent scheme. ”One hundred per cent I deny this, there is nothing illegal whatsoever,” he said.

Mr Mulchandani, who has been detained but is seeking bail, could not be reached for comment. He denied any wrongdoing in a local press interview last week.

Lawyers say more than 100 other investors are preparing cases against Dynasty Zarooni over misrepresentation during the sale of its real estate projects.

ebony-ivory-al-fajer-properties-plot-h3-g3-jlt-dubaiOne aggrieved investor, who in May placed a 20 per cent deposit on an apartment in Ebony Tower 1, opposite the Dubai Marina, for Dh650,000, yesterday lodged a complaint with the police against Dynasty Zarooni and their development partners, Al Fajer Properties, for allegedly misleading him about the progress made on the building’s construction, thereby raising the supposed value of the property. ”I have been cheated and am very distressed,” he said.

The cases, if they go to trial, could seek the recovery of hundreds of millions of UAE dirhams, said Salem Shaali, managing partner at Al Shaali & Co, which is representing the victims of the alleged fraud.

This could develop into one of the UAE’s largest fraud cases if other individual investors in Dynasty Zarooni come forward, he said.

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Business Partner of Al Fajer Properties – Chairman Dynasty Zarooni arrested in Dubai

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Dynasty Zarooni Chairman – Criminal Business Partner of Al Fajer Properties Dubai – arrested

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 5, 2009


UAE. The head of a Dubai-based real estate firm has denied reports that he had been arrested on allegations of fraud.

Kabir Mulchandani, Chairman of property investment consultant Dynasty Zarooni, said in an interview for Gulf News there was no police arrest warrant against him.

“I know some complaints have been lodged with the police by some people against our firm but these people gave cheques that bounced. They have no legitimate reason to complain,” he explained over the phone.

He said the company was “in good shape.”

Company President Hilal Al Zarouni said the company is “functioning properly”. Both executives said they didn’t know if the police were investigating the complaints.

Lawyer Salim Al Sha’ali, who represents a number of complainants, said the complaints are related to an alleged fraud scheme.

“We have been studying the legalities of the case… and we believe that there is a supposed crime of conning people out of money,” he said.

The Federal Penal Code and the property laws issued lately are the legal grounds in this case, argued the lawyer. Sources said the complaints involve some 30 investors with at least US$1 million each invested with Dynasty Zarooni.

However, Mulchandani denied the accusations and said he has “all the documents that support our position that those people have reneged on their commitments”.

Reports yesterday claimed clients said they paid AED 300,000 per month for which Mulchandani promised a return of AED 1 million a month after the first six installments. But Kabir Mulchandani said that the montly payment was a fee for investors to secure first refusal on properties sold by Dynasty Zarooni at pre-launch prices, an average discount of between 2% and 5%. And he insists no returns were ever guaranteed.

“There is not a single document, email, a fax, an SMS, that anybody can produce in Dubai or elsewhere in the world that in any way represents that we guaranteed any form of return,” he said.

He added that many investors had actually made far more than the guaranteed return he is claimed to have given, despite the slump in the property market.

He said: “This is a case of people having a situation where they can’t meet their obligations, which is unfortunate, but they shouldn’t have over-traded. You can’t buy what you can’t pay for.”

He said those making the complaints against him had bounced post-dated cheques given to the company for both the membership fee and for the properties they purchased.

Mulchandani had left India for Dubai where he set up Dynasty Zarouni, to cash in on Dubai’s booming real estate market.

Kabir Mulchandani is also the founder of Baron International, the Mumbai company that pioneered cheap colour TVs and music systems under the brand names Aiwa and Akai, a firm which came under scrutiny from the DRI and Enforcement Directorate in India.

Dynasty Zarooni markets ready-to-move in properties constructed by Dubai real estate company Al Fajer. The firm advertises these properties on his website and invites NRIs to invest money.

Al Fajer is known for its projects in Jumeirah Business Centre 1 and 2 apart from various projects at Jumeirah Lakes and Jumeirah Island.

Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) is probing the company’s operations after nearly 30 NRIs from India, Russia and UK complained online that he had misled them by showing a different property and selling them another

RERA authorities are reported to have told Indian newspapers that the firm had also not followed the local rule of depositing sale proceeds of real estate properties into a government-shared escrow account.

One particular complaint cites how Mulchandani allegedly sold apartments in a three-tower complex, showing the two completed towers as the properties that were for sale but allotting ownership documents of the third tower which has yet to come up.

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror RERA’s head of legal cell, Imad Hussein, is reported as saying: “We have received complaints of 30 investors from India, Russia and the UK. The company Dynasty Zarouni offered real estate properties at half the market price.

“It also allegedly lured investors by misrepresenting a different property in the name of another. Each buyer has invested at least US$1 million with the firm.”

According to Hussein: “We have invited all investors with similar complaints through advertisements in local newspapers to come forward, and have assured them that RERA will play an active role in safeguarding their money under law number 8 in line with the directives of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed.”

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Real Estate Agents: Dubai Boom Is Ending

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 28, 2008


Stefania Bianchi, Mirna Sleiman and Stefania Bianchi report from Dubai for Zawya Dow Jones.

A six-year real estate boom in Dubai that spurred a $475 billion building frenzy has ended, according to agents who say sales are collapsing amid fears that the global economic downturn will hit the sheikdom.

“Last month was a real disaster and worse is coming I guess,” Mehdi Zoghbi, an agent at Middle East Real Estate Consultants, told Zawya Dow Jones Sunday.

Zoghbi says that desperate sellers are now offering off-plan properties on the secondary market for a zero premium, effectively accepting a loss on their investment in order to offload quickly. Dubai, the first Gulf sheikdom to allow foreigners rights to buy homes, may also be the first to see a crash in property prices.

“Our commissions have fallen by up to 70% recently,” said Khaled Daji, an agent at Al Jabal Real Estate. “The most hit are the projects under development and those luxurious high end. We plan to survive for another six months to see how this crisis unfolds.”

But the city’s biggest developers like Emaar Properties PJSC and Nakheel are adamant that sales remain robust. Mohammed Alabbar, Emaar’s chairman and one of the architects of Dubai’s real estate boom, said in the company’s third-quarter statement that “we are very confident of our company’s fundamentals and future growth.”

That hasn’t stopped investors dropping the company’s shares. Emaar’s stock has fallen 62% since the beginning of the year, that’s more than the 48% fall in the Dubai Financial Market’s main index over the same period, according to Zawya.com data. Earlier this month, Colliers International said the growth of property prices in Dubai slowed to 16% in the second quarter of 2008 from 42% in the first quarter. Morgan Stanley warned in August that property hotspot Dubai could see a 10% fall in prices by 2010.

A collapse in real estate prices will add to pressure on Dubai’s economy, which doesn’t benefit from the vast oil income enjoyed by neighboring Abu Dhabi. Property and construction are estimated to account for about 30% of the emirate’s economy.

Meanwhile, the nerve – and wallets – of Dubai’s shoppers will be tested this week when, against a tide of global economic woe, the region’s largest shopping mall opens. Covering an area of more than 50 soccer fields, Dubai Mall will have more than 1,200 shops; one of the world’s largest indoor gaming arcades; an Olympic-size ice rink; the world’s largest indoor Gold Souk; and one of the world’s biggest aquariums, which will be home to more than 33,000 types of sea life, including over 400 sharks.

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Comment by Warren HuangOctober 27, 2008 at 7:19 pm

cool article

Comment by hue g. rectionOctober 27, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Stefania and Mirna, thanks for this article. Interesting to see how other people are living and investing.

Comment by tom a taxpayerOctober 27, 2008 at 11:08 pm

A fall in prices may actually benefit Dubai in the long term.

The escalation in cost of living in Dubai, driven by property and rent prices, has become unsustainable.

And speculation will end leading to more realistic valuation of assets.It has clearly been a speculative market when a

down payment of 20 per cent provides a 100 to 150% per cent in a less than a year from property flipping.

Comment by Dave SternOctober 28, 2008 at 12:35 am

As someone who lives “on the ground” here in Abu Dhabi, I can tell you that Dave Stern’s comment is incorrect:

the locals have been taking out personal bank loans to cover just 2 to 3 month’s mortgage payments and then

flipping properties within that time (not a year!).

They were buying up to six properties at a time in this manner.

These purchases were all “off plan”, the properties were not even under construction.

This is why the real estate market was, ultimately, unsustainable.

Comment by Jan NewtonOctober 28, 2008 at 1:02 am

I have been a doomsayer of the Indian real estate market when I predicted the fall in February 2008 –

The Arabic leverage is up to 100 times capital. I have personally know of business center receptionist

doubling up as a “real estate flipper” and now has overleveraged and stuck in properties that are not even

under construction. It is normal for authorities to blow their trumpets, but expect their sounds to end in a

Big Blowup in their faces.
A cataclysmic disaster and perhaps the start of Dubai’s fall like Beirut before and Aden even before that.

Comment by Cataclysmic Collapse of Dubai ExpectedOctober 28, 2008 at 2:26 am

Castles in the sand?

Comment by tom a taxpayerOctober 28, 2008 at 2:50 am

Currently panic is ruling the markets all over the world irrationally.

There is no exception, however, the Arabian Gulf have strong economic fundamentals and the recovery

will be much faster than in the West. As a matter of fact, the Q3 financial results of the biggest market players

for the are better than the Q3 results in 2007.
From the position of commercial property broker in Dubai, I can assure you that corporate end-users are good

clients at the moment. We have sold office floors in Business Bay during the last month and recently preparing t

he transactions of commercial properties in Jumeirah Lake Towers.

In times of crisis there are losers and winners.

Comment by Gergana MinevaOctober 28, 2008 at 4:33 am

When junk emails started arriving in one of my “special” email boxes – promising pie-in-the-sky

pre-construction deals in Dubai – went Short Oil and Emerging Markets ETFs (Thank you, Goldman oil analysts!!!)

Comment by FederalesOctober 28, 2008 at 6:23 am

Mr. Gergana Mineva!
It is Persian Gulf not Arabic.
Please use always the correct name in the future.
Thank you!

Comment by FarhadOctober 28, 2008 at 7:21 am

Farhad, Dubai is essentially ruled under Shirah Law, a cruel brand of despotic fascism that harms

women and children and is antithetical to freedom. Dubai though more “progressive”

than most repressive regimes in Sand Land, hates Jews and will not allow the

practice of such a “heinous” religion as Judaism. Yet you are worried about words and nomenclature.

Words are meaningless, actions are all that matter.

Comment by KafkaOctober 28, 2008 at 8:32 am

OPEC’s manipulation of oil prices and speculators caused this current recession by increasing oil prices to historic levels.

Comment by Blame OPECOctober 28, 2008 at 11:16 am

Market is certainly undergoing a correction but to predict doom is a little foolhearty.

There is TREMENDOUS liquidity in the market and the reserves built up during the period of

high gas prices will certainly be deployed to stablize the realestate market which is the cornerstone of ‘

New’Dubai. Also, Dubai is NOT ruled by shariah law. In fact, it is one of the most modern states

in the gulf and is known for its liberal political/social environment (recent stories about sex on the beach

 not withstanding). There are a number of very successful american jews in the city so the anti-semetic

claim is just rubbish. There is no law against practise of ANY religion.

Visit the region before speaking

Comment by DubaiDreamerOctober 28, 2008 at 1:33 pm

The smart money has begun the pull out already. Bank lending is drying up.

The only ones who continue to believe that the real estate market will go up are real estate agents

and speculators who have not been able to off load so far. The secondary market for off-plan properties is in a free fall.

And no amount of deliberate project delays and throwing people out of villas is going to prevent the serious

correction that Dubai property so badly needs. It has been the most speculative, unregulated and unprotected

market the past 6 years.

Comment by KingsleyOctober 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm

couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of people…

Comment by charlieOctober 28, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Gee, I guess the Arabs are poor for a reason = incompetence.

High oil prices masks the basic incompetence for awhile. But stupid is as stupid does.

Comment by CaliPOWEROctober 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Cry Out Loud and you all say what you want about dubai …BUT The truth is: We Are All Loooosing!!

The whole world is sinking…

Comment by The True ManOctober 28, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Kingsley makes some good points, Dubai is in need of regulation.

Prices may be predicted to fall, but it isn’t happening yet in the rental market.

Buyers have bought up so much of the properties and now are holding them until they can get

their desired selling price (usually expected 20% increases from sale to sale)…leaving the rentail market

struggling. Landloards can demand rents starting at $25,000/yr in ONE payment upfront for 450 sf studios…in empty,

 construction sites of buildings! Dubai is leaving no room for renters & the middle class.

Rents are still exorbitant and there are few regulations in place to support the renter.

Comment by MRODubaiOctober 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm

As someone who lives and breathes real estate since its first days here in Dubai,

I feel it is necessary to see the cause of the boom and only then we may be able to make some

calculated estimates of the future market condition.
1. Dubai real esate growth was based on a promise of freehold, residence permit, tax free benefits

for nationalities who have certain restrictions in their countries and saw dubai as a safe secure investment opportunity.
2. Government of dubai removed the residence permit guarantee by buying a property.

So automatically no tax free status, coz if you are not a resident of Dubai you can not open

bank account & you are still liable for taxes in your country.

Comment by real estate expertOctober 29, 2008 at 12:21 am

3.Nakheel/emaar/dubai holding factor: All these companies hate each other and therefore fight for the

attention of sheikh mohammed, which means the greed and ego overtake logic and feasibility!!! result:

Excessive lands/properties/ mega projects without proper planning & infrastructure in place.
4. Universal law supply Vs. Demand: nobody realises that the already anounced projects in dubai will need

about an extra 6 million people to live in it!!!! (From Lagoons, meydan, dubailand, tatweer, mizin,

industrial projects, emaar, bawadi, the world, the universe, palm deira, port rashid, waterfront, arabian canal,

dubai world central….)Excuse me thats almost double the UAE population.

Comment by real estate expertOctober 29, 2008 at 12:29 am

5. Loose the Confidence You loose everything: The investors/buyers are wakening up to the reality & there is

absolutely no confidence in the market not only because of the global financial crisis but mainly because of the

over supply & fear of the crash.

6. Genius Government policies: dubai government is its own worst enemy, at times like this what does dubai do?

They launch new mega projects & new development companies like meraas with ambitious projects that will only

further dampen market confidence.
7. Investor’s security: Dubai’s judicial system is as good as any underdeveloped country with selective rights

depending who the complaint is against.

Comment by real estate expertOctober 29, 2008 at 12:35 am

8. No human rights when it comes to dubai police. infact torture and enforced disappearance has become

common in dubai under the umberella of the state security they can attach anything to anyone to reach their

commercial targets.
9. Everybody owns 20% of several properties: Paying a few installments does not make you theowner so when the next installments come due and there is no quick sales like the good old days, what happens? Sell below the price or lose your deposit with the developers…. results in what we call “stress sell”

Comment by real estate expertOctober 29, 2008 at 12:40 am

10. Oil prices & Inflation: ofcourse oil prices doubled so did the cost of steel & cement & food & labor

accomodation… result abnormaly increase in construction prices on a weekly basis!!!… so an increase

in property prices due to rising cost….
11. Decrease in Oil prices: Sudden decrease in everything from food prices, to raw materials…..

creating sudden panic as properties are cheaper to build and a fear of further reduction is iminent.
12. There are too many chefs in the tiny real estate kitchen of dubai, have you noticed there aren’t any

happy faces in the media anymore!!! what happened to the so called international anouncements about their acquisitions…

Comment by real estate expertOctober 29, 2008 at 12:45 am

13.The Sheikh factor: when the ruling family is desperately getting into everythng from real estate,

to owning or managing coffeshops and bakeries, landries…. then the opportunities for the public is becoming less

and less which means a lot of unhappy UAE nationals and residents…. which everyone know will not help the already

unstable state of dubai.
14. Big brother factor: let there be no doubt Abu Dhabi will eventually overtake dubai for the right reasons.

 money is not an issue thanks to oil & there is no rush to sell everything just to raise funds for the previously

anounced project like in dubai. Dubai’s power in UAE will be reduced due to lack of funds, money talks!!!

Comment by real estate expertOctober 29, 2008 at 12:51 am

15. regulatory body with no teeth: RERA is supposed to ensure that developers/real estate agents

/ landlords/ follow the rules and regulations… what happens if a developer or an agent does not follow the law?

 NOTHING… just a 100,000 fine… comparing to the hundreds of millions at stake its a drop in the ocean.
16. Public Prosecution & Corruption: Everything in public prosecution is relative & variable…. there are

cases of misrepresentation by nakheel, for example selling thousands of villas

 and after 2 years just cancelling the project…. nobody can make a complaint.

Likewise several private developers & real estae agents operating in a fraudulent manner are let go off the hook.

Comment by real estate expertOctober 29, 2008 at 1:54 am

Take away the speculation and in the end it comes back to fundamentals. Rental yields on finished

properties are currently 2-5%. Interest rates on property loans are 8-9%. Deposits on property

purchase are 30% minimum. If you want to buy a 2 bedroom apartment in a decent location you

would need to be earning US$200k to meet the lending criteria. The stock market in the Gulf has

fallen 25% in th elast 30 days and real estate stocks by 60% in 9 months.

Look for similar movement in property values.

Comment by steveOctober 29, 2008 at 5:20 am

Main reason dubai eco will collapse is the RUSSIAN factor.

Comment by GB BajajOctober 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm

The comments entered by the real estate are very impressive/ Truly an expert.

Comment by AdmirerOctober 30, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Great comments by the real estate expert as i call dubai an artificial market. There is onemore important point

that expert forgot is what will happen after Sheikh Muhammad as UAE history says e.g.Sharjah.

Advice to all expat go back to your homeland and serve for your country as Dubaidoes not have a

nation like Oman, Bahrain , Kuwait or KSA.

Comment by Fact FinderOctober 31, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Well it seems everyone here is pretty sure that Dubai Property Market is done and huge Crash is in Pipeline

(or is already there). Well no matter how much we want it but it’s not entirely Ture. The Factors Mentioned

by “Experts” here does not have much impact on property market. Property Market depends on

three important factors. 1) Creations of new Jobs and thus Movement of New People to area

2) Amounts of loan banks willing to give 3) Pricing of the property
In Case of Dubai, Companies are still very much eager to open up an office here which saves them 30% to 40%

in direct Tax fromtheir own Country. That Means new companies, new Jobs, new demand.

Comment by Real Estate InvestorNovember 1, 2008 at 8:56 am

it is easier to open an Office in Dubai than Buying BMW in U.K. It Still Costs AED 10,000/-

and every employee gets residence visa (AED 8000 per employee for three year) hence TaxFree status.

Dubai Government investing in own companies E.G opening up Hotels, Telecome, Café and everthing

else is also very Good for Dubai. Since 30% to 40% of Dubai’s Expat population

work in these Companies shows how serious Dubai Government is in bringing people to Dubai.

The 2nd factor is the bank Finance and that’s a problem right now. Due to Global Crisis Gulf Banks have huge

Liquidity problem and that’s the reason they have Stopped Finance,(Yes Stopped) Most Banks have Already

Reached their Yearly tar

Comment by Real Estate investorNovember 1, 2008 at 8:57 am

Most Banks have Already Reached their Yearly targets of cash outflow and Simply don’t have cash for mortgage.

Hence the finance buyer which is about 60 to 70% of market cannot buy. BUT from Jan next year Banks

will have fresh cash and hence finance will be back on track. Since Finance will be back the property market

will tend to rise again.

The 3rd Factor Pricing – Yes Dubai prices had increased on massive pace and yes things were gone

up really fast but still prices were not par will other countries (similar metropolitan cities) and now

with the correction in property prices due to the Financial problem the prices are even more attractive.

Comment by Real Estate investorNovember 1, 2008 at 8:58 am

No place in the world can sustain to grow above 40% annually but prices only crash only when the demand dries up. Like in U.S and U.K where most citizen already own a home and new migration is only 1 or 2% of population where as in Dubai its at 28% to 40% every year and most people here still live in rented houses. Now with that kind of new people market will not crash but yes the growth can slow to 10% to 15% will is more realistic level.

But everything’s not that great also, Dubai Needs to a lot more to keep growing and attracting

more expats E.G Allow more foreign ownership in local companies, give more Rights to expats,

and introduce permanent residency with work permit.

Please let me know if some one thinks the other way

Comment by Real estate InvestorNovember 1, 2008 at 8:59 am

The UAE is now a ‘Buyers’s Market’ and I hope developers improve incentives such as back-loaded payments plans etc.

Real Estate Dubai

Comment by AndrewNovember 1, 2008 at 1:32 pm

in dubai…reality is, the dubai govt thinks just like any other govt in the world i.e. india, usa, uk, japan etc.

nothing is done in dubai unless its severely needed [i.e. metro] and then its splashed with every god

damn adv from lipstick to lingerie to condoms to repay the loans taken for it. Y?

coz dubai govt HATES HATES HATES to pay for it from its pockets.

Comment by analyst expatNovember 1, 2008 at 3:45 pm

To the “Real estate Investor” who does not have a clue of what this place is like: re-read the comments

by the “real estate expert” and by “Fact Finder” and then get rid of your investment as fast as you can and while you can.

Yes, you would be safer if you were in Kuwait for instance, but not here. Get out of your circle and talk

to others and get to know the real picture. Does “Pirate Coast” mean anything to you?

Comment by Yet another fact finderNovember 2, 2008 at 1:01 am

Dubai has been trying to imitate the West for a long time now.The current situation is a predicted end to its Western dreams

Comment by Shaiju JanardhananNovember 2, 2008 at 6:10 am

excellent article… it’s so nice to read objective and realistic articles (and comments) about dubai and

their real estate market. i’m absolutely sick of reading blatent property (or any other) propaganda in Dubai’s “Newspapers”.

Comment by michaelNovember 2, 2008 at 6:55 am

i have read your article. wish to know few details regarding the Rental Index on Residential & commercial Properties.

There is a situation which were i have (a tenant) is going through tough time in Dubai

i have rented a Shop inside a Shopping Mall from past 4 years which was running in losses.

From 10 months the customers have raised and he was doing the Breakeven.

Suddenly the Mall is sold and New Landlord is asking for New RENT 40% increase and he is showing a

document of RERA stating landlord can increase the Rent to Market Rates.
i have put all his money in the business and may go bankrupt incase the situations goes out of hand

Comment by QurashiNovember 5, 2008 at 7:26 am

Hi guys, am glad some of the readers find my comments useful. I just would like to add that god forbid if

anything actualy happens to our “super man sheikh” (Sheikh Mohammed) the entire wolves surrounding

him will start eating each other as history has shown in the gulf.
HSBC & lloyds TSB have stoped giving out mortgages to apartments in dubai what does that tell you?

PROPERTY CRASH is inevitable but the question is how hard it will hurt the government who has nothing in the account.
I hope I am wrong, but rumor says sheikh mohammed has had a stroke and an operation.

God help all those who still continue to dream and believe the wonderful animations of dubailand and nakheel!!

Comment by Real Estate ExpertNovember 11, 2008 at 10:44 am

The real estate market in dubai has crashed already. I bought a few floors from Dynasty zarooni’s sheffield project in dubai waterfront at 2700 dhs per square feet, today i can not sell it 30% below the purchase price. Why because Dynasty Zarooni does not even own the land & they don’t even have an escrow acount, yet people have paid over 20% to their acount and there is no construction on site. RERA knows about it but does nothing.

Comment by Dubai ResidentNovember 12, 2008 at 2:54 am

Really impress with your knowledge Real Estate Expert. Keep us updated to whats happening in Dubai Real Estate and when it will be a good time to buy probably an year from now.

I am based in Canada real estate here is doing reasonably well small 5% correction which is normal and acceptable.

no major job losses or recession predicted yet Canada has a sound economy.

Comment by Real Estate CrashingNovember 15, 2008 at 4:03 am

The nightmare is here…Great analysis by Mr. “Real Estate Expert”

Comment by Dubai NightmareNovember 16, 2008 at 6:50 am

It’s time that speculators lose something. Earning hunderds millions was not normal.
I never believed Dubai, never, it was bluff, very well supported by propaganda. Crisis will clean it up.

Comment by AziziNovember 19, 2008 at 8:11 pm

I wish real estate expert had published these comments in dubai dailies… thousands of small investors

like myself would not havebeen trapped in unrealistic promises.

Today my property is worth 40% less than what I bought it 4 months ago.

I blame the government for bringing so many projects into the market and killing the confidence.

Why are they quiet. Real estate expert how can I get in touch with you for some advice… email?

Comment by SilviaNovember 20, 2008 at 3:35 pm

In the 1980s and 1990s, Dubai used to be such a fun place to live in. Good medical, good salaries, good savings.

Today, expats are lucky to save even 5% of their income and stress levels have gone through the roof.

Traffic jams 24 hours a day, near impossible to get street parking, a 45 minute wait to get a taxi.

Indirect taxes in the form of extremely high rent and huge fees on everything related to living in Dubai.

Before, people treated you for who you are. Now they treat you based on what you drive, where you live

and how much you earn. Dubai is no fun to live in anymore, rather it is a materialistic society amidst an ugly

 poorly planned concrete jungle where the rule is eat or be eaten

Comment by Ex-Dubai ExpatNovember 21, 2008 at 6:35 am

Fortunately avoided the market here as I read the contracts and evaluated the risk given the emerging legal infrastructure.
Very little sympathy for those that bought, as they knew that the potentially high returns came with equally high risk.

Unfair to blame the Gov’t they have been putting the right regulatory structure in place, but this usually takes years.

The region needs a Dubai and I have no doubts it will be a regional powerhouse.
In the short run I expect an 80% drop in values, much like Singapores correction in the late 90’s.

Comment by sulliNovember 21, 2008 at 6:40 am

Been in UAE since 1994 but lost the bull market due to over protectiveness any way nothing to cry for,

can see one more coming in the near future as I have seen these happening in the past, unlike India from

where I come from, Dubai is not seen as a permanent residenence for most of the expatriate community

residing here, Most of us especially Indians are phobic of the locals and have been taken undue advantage

by the local youths and some most of the GCC expatriates and in my personal experience worst among these

are the Palestinians who seeems to have no respect to another human being now saying that, since no expatriate sees

UAE as his future home but a stop gap arrangement to make a

Comment by Lost BullNovember 24, 2008 at 2:26 pm

quick buck, which attracted the soldiers of fortune around the world, and persons with questionable past and

 present but with a huge wallet even though there were some sort of regulation put in regarding the money transfers,

there seems to be money flowing in from every were, Now in India we have a huge population and we have absolute

need for housing even it is rare to see such an mega project as in Dubai even with some of the worlds richest persons residing

there, Anyway before coming over to Dubai I used to travel around the world and it surprised me in 1994 why

Dubai did not have MRT which was very much common even in small countries such as Singapore,

And it surprising and at the same

Comment by Lost BullNovember 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm

extremely frustrating that you cannot travel back in the same taxi of other emirate unless you have engaged

 it for a round trip, about just 2-3 years back an inter emirate buses started plying the roads.

Once the real estate market started selling there were lots of people rushing in to buy assuming that they can forsee

a stable future with permanent residence visa status if they bought a free hold property which did not materialise,

again the only option that was left for all to make a quick buck when the boom lasted, Extremely well marketing tools

 were used to attract people from all over the world with a promise of living on beach life style, and compared the

prices to the major cities

Comment by Lost BullNovember 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm

found it to be cheap minus the infrastructure to support such a rapid developement, due to all projects going on simultaneously,companies ,man power, machinery and materials started flowing in and competitiveness within the developers started pushing the price upwards, speculators started rushing in prices went beyond the reach of genuine end user, any product which becomes unaffordable to the end user shall not sustain its existence so the crash in the market was inevitable, But even in this period there are plenty of genuine buyers if the prices are affordable and without high maintenance charges for the upkeep it is upto the developers to recognise, presently there are lots of projects

Comment by AnonymousNovember 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm

being shelved, scaled down and going for a rebiding ( face saving tactics), speculators immediately stated off loading their stocks , few with sustaining power shall hold untill they cannot afford to pay their mortgages any more, companies have already started retrenching, rents in Dubai started droping,bank interest rates have incresed, come March ( end of academic year)2009 we will see an exodus of families saying goodbye to UAE since it is not worth for them to be live here any more, and then the real crash starts…….. Advice time : 1. Do not panic this is not a end of the world 2. If you cash start investing in the shares 3. force banks to reduce the interest rates and extend the

Comment by Lost BullNovember 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm

repayment period. 4.Hunt for good bargains in the real estate property market start buying hagle with the developers,5.

This is good news as there is very sustainable future ahead for those who weathers this strom 6.

Live life comfortably as you will not take anything when you are dead anyway 7.

Pray for a good health during this stressful period ……… May God Bless U.A.E and its Rulers

Comment by Lost BullNovember 24, 2008 at 3:41 pm

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Comment by server BaigNovember 25, 2008 at 5:29 am

money-grubbing pigs deserve to wallow in their own filth

Comment by rich man poor manDecember 1, 2008 at 6:54 am

well dune dubai dream..!!

Comment by ignorentDecember 6, 2008 at 4:08 pm

to all Dubai haters i say “moral indignation is jealousy with a halo”……

Comment by Wells.H.GDecember 11, 2008 at 1:36 am

i believe that rich man poor man’s comment is logically directed towards the party that created this

worldwide financial crisis, which naturally is not Dubai…..see what i mean !?

Comment by Wells.H.GDecember 16, 2008 at 3:01 am


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