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      Criminal Complaint filed in Germany against Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum CEO of Dubai Developer Al Fajer Properties The Dubai Sheikh who mislead and extort a German Couple  Germany – Dubai 2011 A German elderly couple , today 80 + 50 years old who have been Dubai Tourists since a decade, bought in 2005 an apartment at Nakheel´s Dubai Residen […]
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Criminal Complaint filed in Germany against Dubai Developer Al Fajer Properties

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 16, 2011

Criminal Complaint filed in Germany against Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum CEO of Dubai Developer Al Fajer Properties

Germany – Dubai 2011

A German elderly couple , today 80 + 50 years old who have been Dubai Tourists since a decade, bought in 2005 an apartment at Nakheel´s Dubai Residential Falcon Tower located on Plot H3 Jumeirah Lake Towers. The completion of this Tower should be  March 2008 but the apartment was never delivered and they end up in a Horror scenario when the development was transferred from Nakheel to Al Fajer Properties in 2006.

Criiminal Complaint filed in Germany against Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum CEO of Al Fajer Properties

After have been mislead, deprived of their property rights by illegal actions and extortion  ,financial and mental extremely damaged by receiving several threats from Al Fajer Properties since 2008 upon 2009,  a criminal complaint was filed in Germany already in August  2009 against the CEO and President of Al Fajer Properties, Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum. The witness hearings and investigations in Germany are still going on.


In 2006 the Residential development Falcon Tower Jumeirah Lake Towers was transferred from Nakheel to DMCC ( 100% Government) and Al Fajer Properties was named by DMCC as new Developer of the Falcon Tower.
DMCC ensured in writing that the terms of Al Fajer´s purchase was that Al Fajer Properties will developing the Falcon Tower with the same design, same unit specifications and price at which the couple purchased original at Nakheel.
It was agreed between Al Fajer Properties to take 1:1 over the once valid contractual obligation – just the completion date will be now in December 2008.
DMCC transferred the 45 % already paid installments paid once by the couple to Nakheel, in 2007 to the account of Al Fajer Properties.

A Financial Statement, hold by the couple, from DMCC and Al Fajer Properties shows this evidently.

The process was accompanied by a lawyer of the couple, the correspondence show evidence that Al Fajer agreed to the named conditions and stept 1:1 in the former contractual obligations.

Left in the illusion everything went fine, Al Fajer Properties start in 2008 to threat the couple to sign and agree to a new contract.This contract was given to the couple in November 2007 in form of a draft in presence of their lawyer and staff members of Al Fajer Properties. It was a blank document , containing only terms and conditions but not containing any Building constitution, no Apartment specification, no price, and no other relevant declarations. It was a draft with no specification. Within this draft Al Fajer themself was not named as developer, just as seller.  The Tower on Plot H3 was quoted in the Header now as Mixed Use Building ( Residential/Commercial)  and renamed to Jumeirah Business Centre 8.

Several correspondence upon January 2008 sent to Al Fajer Properties to complete the relevant documentation failed. Al Fajer Properties didn`t provide the relevant Documentation.

March 2008 Al Fajer Properties appointed  a new CEO and President, Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum. Starting on March 10, 2008 the couple received threats from Al Fajer´s lawyer Michael Kerr,  Denton Wilde Sapte,  to deprive them of the property and simply return the amount,unless they did not sign and agree to the incomplete blank draft contract.

After receiving this threats from Al Fajer Properties, the lawyer of the couple ask Al Fajer to refrain from such illegal actions. The actions of Al Fajer have been mentioned to RERA Dubai.

Al Fajer Properties didn`t retrain and repeated in letters upon 31 March 2008 the same threats to the couple.

After this date it remain silent and Al Fajer didn`t react.

A letter wrote by the couple to Al Fajer Properties in June 2008, brought a reaction of Michael Kerr Denton Wilde Sapte, a lawyer namely instructed to do so by the CEO  Maktoum Hasher Maktoum, and showed willingness to pay a full compensation based on the damage cause by Al Fajer Properties to the couple. The discussion was about the sum and damage caused by Al Fajer, based upon the event to enable the couple to buy an adequate apartment. The market price of such an apartment was at that time over 2 Million AED.

After several delays of Al Fajer´s lawyer to step in a negotiation, a concrete willingness from Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum to provide a fair compensation was shown in September 2008.

The correspondence was hold in written form via Email between the lawyers.

A clear calculation about the caused damage and the therefrom resulted compensation sum was presented by the couples lawyer. But Maktoum Hasher Maktoum rejected this  and set out a fixed sum, which would have caused the couple still a damage of 600.000 AED.

Finally the so called good will of Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum end up in further threats by Al Fajer Properties upon a statement October 2008 from his lawyer Michael Kerr Denton Wilde Sapte , by not taking the now offered amount,  to return only the amount of the once paid 45%. ( 345.000 AED).  Within this letter have also been threatened that they contacted in April 2008 a Journalist providing him what happened to them, they would get in trouble if they made the story public in the future.

No more correspondence sent to Al Fajer Properties or their  lawyer were answered after January 2009.

Later it was revealed by the couple , over a document provided to a foreign court, that Al Fajer Properties CEO Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum sold on March 31, 2008 the Tower Plot H3 Jumeirah Lake Towers as a 100% Commercial Tower to Dynasty Zarooni .
The Price per sqft within this MOU, agreed between this parties, was 2050 AED. This however was nearly the triple of the price Al Fajer had to deliver the 1098 sqft apartment of the couple,  purchase it for total 775 000 AED and on which was Al Fajer in the contractual obligation to deliver it.

This document in original also revealed that Al Fajer Properties didn`t  intend to develop a Residential Building on Plot H3, nor a Residential Mixed use Building like quoted in their new draft contract on March 2008, the time frame in which the deal with Dynasty Zarooni was already arranged and new Brochures have been already in the printing for a sales promotion of the now  100 % Commercial Tower on Plot H3.

This document uncovered why the couple should have been mislead and been left in the illusion of a now Mixed used Residential Tower, the reason of unwillingness of  Al Fajer Properties to provide the missing declaration and documentation of the building constitution within the draft contract, to which they extorted the couple several times to sign in March 2008 .

Upon today October 2011, Al Fajer Properties is still holding the since 2005 45% paid installments ( 345.000 AED) from the couple and is not showing any positive will to repay this amount nor remembering the once shown will of a compensation.

The Tower however on Plot H3 Jumeirah Lake Towers , which was converted by Al Fajer in a Commercial Building in March 2008 ,renamed to Jumeirah Business Centre 8 , sold in March 2008 to Dynasty Zarooni, is not completed until today.

From 2010 until 2011 Al Fajer Properties was several times contacted directly via email and an adress of a Lawyer who presented Maktoum Hasher. Within this correspondence it has been asked several times to pay the outstanding debts to the couple. Upon today Al Fajer Properties resists to do so.
In a last correspondence hold with an other lawyer of Al Fajer Properties in 2010 it was quoted, that his client, Maktoum Hasher Maktoum cannot remember that the couple had ever claims against him and that he never offered to repay the investments for the purchased accommodation. His further provocation was : ” Can you please send a copy of whatever contract you believe exists between Al Fajer Properties and your clients” ” If you supply evidence to support their assertion losses attributable to Al Fajer, my client ( Maktoum Hasher) will then review it.

The lawyer was after this correspondence informed that a criminal complaint ( by providing him a copy of the complaint) was already filed against his client and that  it is extremely remarkable, due to the evident correspondence of March 2008 until October 2008 from other lawyers of Al Fajer,  that his client Maktoum Hasher Maktoum start now in 2010 to simulate  not to be in the acknowledge that there was still a claim against Al Fajer Properties and him and that he cannot remember his acts,when he threat them in March and October by saying  just returning a refund of the paid installments to the couple.

Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Juma Al Maktoum who comitted this fraud to the German couple didn`t pay back the money ( over 60 000 Euro) he hold in the accounts of Al Fajer Properties since 2007  nor did he pay the compensation upon today in 2011.


Other Investors who bought offices from Al Fajer Properties development Jumeirah Business Centre ( Eboy Ivory Tower) after Al Fajer Properties deal with Dynasty Zarooni in March 2008 had also been in trouble with his His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum……..

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Dubai World`s Debt

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 15, 2010

original source The National

Top officials from the US and British governments are calling for
transparency in the settlement of Dubai World’s US$22 billion (Dh80.8bn)
debt restructuring, intensifying diplomatic pressure to conclude a deal
with creditors.

Neal Wolin, the deputy secretary of the US
Treasury, said he would call on officials during his visit to Dubai
today to ensure openness in the restructuring of the emirate’s

“I think it’s important that, as they work through these
restructurings and these issues, that it be done in a way that is
transparent so that we can all understand what’s going on,” Mr Wolin
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Who is carrying the risk – Dubai’s unfinished construction projects is in the hundreds of billions of dollars

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 18, 2009

extract of original TheDailyMarverick

Some say the sum for Dubai’s unfinished construction projects is 400 billions of dollars , so who is carrying the risk?

Multiple reports state that Abu Dhabi will “pick and choose” how to assist Dubai.

As capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to the central bank that feeds the cluster of seven emirates, everybody is exposed to everyone else. Abu Dhabi pumps 90% of UAE oil, so that’s a big hedge. But just as Dubai World has subsidiary upon subsidiary, and extends its tentacles into state enterprises, parastatals, and listed firms, it’s hard to track where the fault lines lie in the patchwork that is UAE finances, and beyond into the markets of the Middle East proper.

Abu Dhabi’s own cost of insuring its debt against default has soared, from just less than $100,000 per $10 million, to more than $177,000. And while this number fluctuates with the desert winds, there’s no guarantee that Abu Dhabi will keep forking out money to save its emirate cousin. For now, though, the prospect of rising costs on its own borrowings appears to have galvanised Abu Dhabi into providing more cash to Dubai. Stock markets swelled after Abu Dhabi’s payment of $10 billion to its neighbour, with Abu Dhabi’s stock market clambering 7.9%, while Dubai’s benchmark index rallied 10%, the biggest single-day gain in more than a year. But this remains far below its level before Dubai World announced it wanted a hold on debt.

Reuters quotes Abu Dhabi people who say most of the über-emirate’s credit flow was too big, government-backed entities in Dubai, which helped collateralise Abu Dhabi’s own late entry into the wedding-cake architectural stakes.

“During those years, the property market was still in its infancy in Abu Dhabi, so like other banks here, we, too, diverted our credit to Dubai,” one Abu Dhabi bank executive said. “We have to face the stress that will be caused to our balance sheet and profit and loss account due to this exposure to Dubai World and associated companies because it is a default. Yes, we will have to take more provisions.”

No one yet knows where the debt really resides.

Western banks appear to have some $12 billion of exposure to Dubai’s unfinished building frenzy.

There’s a sprinkling of Islamic sukuk bonds, such as the one that funded Nakheel’s $4.1 billion of due debt.

But the market wants to know if Abu Dhabi’s latest $10 billion was a gift, or a loan, or came from the proceeds of a veiled asset sale.

Abu Dhabi recently launched a push to improve transparency and raise money overseas, to help fund its own 20-year development programme. And so far, the emirate has raised about $8 billion this year on international credit markets.

But last week, ratings agency Moody’s placed the credit ratings of several big Abu Dhabi companies on review for a possible downgrade, citing uncertainty over government support. And in the meantime, rival agency Fitch downgraded Dubai Bank, and also Tamweel – the largest provider of UAE real estate financing. It also downgraded Bahrain’s TAIB Bank.

Another motivation for Abu Dhabi helping out Dubai World is the company’s Dubai port operations, which it needs to market as a dependable global transport hub.

Dubai has got off lightly to date. But if the property market doesn’t return soon, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of skyscrapers and palm-shaped islands will remain unfinished hulks amid the dunes and warm waters off Dubai’s coastline.


Read more: Barrons, Reuters, Guardian, The Wall Street Journal

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Empty office space in Dubai totals 10 million sq ft

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 1, 2009

original source Arabian Business Monday 30 November 2009

About 40 percent of Dubai’s office space is lying empty after the emirate’s construction boom outpaced demand, broker Knight Frank LLP has said.

Empty office space totals 10 million sq ft (929,030 sq m) in Dubai, the firm said in a note on Monday, reported by Bloomberg news agency.

The vacancy rate for office space in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi is six percent, the broker said.
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Dubai Stock Market Slumps – Black Monday 30 November 2009

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 30, 2009

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Damac breaking Dreams

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 17, 2009

The comments shown below are in response to an article published in Construction Week online and show an extrac of what Dubai Real Esate investors think of Damac and the CEO Peter Riddoch:

comment: straks  (Jul 8, 2009)  United Kingdom

no longer to be trusted
Damac have not paid out the correct compensation, FAR FROM IT and regardless of what Damac ‘claim the contract says. Also building still not fully complete and verging on dangerous with lifts not working and fire escapes not safe. Incidently another thing you might want to ask Mr Riddoch – it turns out that the apartments were NEVER OVERSIZED IN THE FIRST PLACE so where did the excess area charges come from – TOTAL FRAUD and a diversion so owners were to o busy fighting that cause and not noticing the compensation issue and also too tired to fight that as well. I hope, for Dubai’s sake Damac are told to get their ‘house in order’ by the ruler and we can get the quality of apartment we were promised and expected in Dubai

comment: an annoyed investor (Jul 7, 2009)Dubai United Arab Emirates

Peter riddock damac
Damac are technically insolvent, if they operated in Europe thye would have filed for bankruptcy prior to economic crash

Comment: SANDRAJJACOBS (Jul 2, 2009)STAFFORD UK United Kingdom

Whilst having being notified by Damac of a refund for the above, can anyone please advise why they are not paying it 4 months on, and still no sign of the refund

Comment: navas (May 23, 2009)uk United Kingdom

Fair coverage?
The reporter should do a follow-up interview with a representative of the disgruntled investors to get fair coverage on both sides. Site photos should also show proof of who is really telling the truth. How about it, Mr. Conrad Egbert???

Comment: Neil Roberts (May 22, 2009)Abu Dhbai United Arab Emirates

DAMAC management and interpol
I have heard that interpol have been contacted about alleged fraudulant sales of DAMAC properties does anyone know if this is true?

Comment: Stay Away from Damac (May 21, 2009) Dubai United Arab Emirates

Stay Away from Damac
Peter Riddoch needs to open his dictionary again and read the definition of ‘ETHICS’. This company is totally unethical and I am an unfortunate owner of one of the units in the Lake View tower. My advice to investors: Stay away from Damac.

Comment: Nas001 (May 20, 2009) United Kingdom

Lake View Lies!
I have read all the comments by Peter Riddoch who is very economical with the truth. The reality is that DAMAC bullied me into signing my legal rights away by refusing to hand my keys even when I called the police, they have refused to pay me adequate compensation as per my contract, their building is far from complete despite their blatant lies that Lake View was handed over at end of 2008. Perhaps Mr Riddoch can explain why his company sent letters to ALL investors in MARCH 2009 inviting us to take possession then if he claims Lake View was ready in 2008??? The staff have zero customer service skills and are an extention of theie CEO. What a pathetic disgraceful company. I will never do business with this company.

Comment: Joe (May 18, 2009)Kildare Ireland

Lake View
I think damac are a joke, they try to extract as much money out of people as possible for a bad customer service, bad work, late projects, bullyboy tactics, projects that dont represent what was sold to people. They really bring Dubai’s reputation. We wouldnt touch damac again and advise everyone else to run a mile from them

Comment: dont invest in damac (May 18, 2009) motherwell, United Kingdom

lake view
Amy1 is right We have a forum on http://www.skyscrapercity.com if anyone wants to see the 400+ happy customers!The full building is a joke it looks like something out of a council development ready for demolition. Damac Breaking Dreams………..maybe an idea for a new slogan……

read more also  Palm Springs Damac Investors Group

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Dubai property owners treated like puppets – Loss off confidence swamps Real Estate Market

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 16, 2009

August 15. 2009 11:34AM GMT

DUBAI // Rashmey Seth paid Dh3.2 million for two luxury flats, furnished them and rented them out. That was nearly two years ago – but she is still not sure she actually owns the properties.

Receipts from Nakheel confirm that she paid the state-backed developer in full for a three-bedroom flat on the Palm Jumeirah. Mrs Seth has similar paperwork for a one-bedroom unit in downtown Burj Dubai, purchased last year from Emaar, the Middle East’s largest developer.

What she has not received from either of the property giants are title deeds – the crucial documents that verify ownership.

It is a predicament shared by many, their status as lawful owners in limbo because of the absence of a piece of paper that, after properties are registered with the Dubai Land Department, should be handed to buyers.

The issue, says Mrs Seth, makes her wonder whether she has a legal right to sell her flats.

She is by no means the only property owner in Dubai worried about not having deeds to the flats she has paid for. Without deeds, it is unclear what would happen if the company they bought their property from went bankrupt.

There could also be problems with selling the property on: potential buyers could find it difficult to get a mortgage without formal proof of ownership.

In Mrs Seth’s case, her dilemma has shaken her confidence in Dubai’s freehold property laws, introduced three years ago to give foreigners the right of ownership.
“Why am I not getting the comfort that there’s a legal structure to support me, that makes me feel sure that I really own my property?” said Mrs Seth, 52, an Indian who has lived and worked in Dubai for 28 years.

Her fears are not unfounded. Law Number 7 of 2006 states that until flats are registered with the Land Department, which will then grant title deeds, buyers lack the rights of fully fledged owners.

In an email statement, Emaar did not specify how many of its property holders had not had units registered or lacked deeds.

Nakheel said the “majority of … purchasers who have taken handover have received their title deeds”.

Given the size of Nakheel’s development portfolio, that could still mean thousands have not received them.

There are indications that a substantial number of buyers across Dubai lack deeds. After posting a query on Crest of Dubai, a website used by residents of the Palm Jumeirah, The National received nearly two dozen complaints.

And Michael Aldendorff, a 39-year-old South African who is one of the leaders of an informal homeowners’ group in the Discovery Gardens development, reckoned that most buyers in the 26,000-apartment community lacked deeds.

“I don’t think that many people here have them at all,” he said.

That, however, has not stopped developers from asking purchasers to pay to get their deeds.
Mrs Seth said she was asked to hand over about Dh55,000 for flat-registration fees to Emaar and Nakheel. She said she had little choice but to comply; according to Land Department regulations, a buyer cannot register a property without the developer’s consent.

“They take these undated cheques from you, and they bank it at their will, so what can you do about it?” she said of Emaar and Nakheel.

“If there is a delay or something from the Land Department in getting the registration, or the documentation is not ready from the developer’s side, then why are they taking my money?”

Sabri Pozem, who owns a one-bedroom flat in Discovery Gardens, in which he has a tenant, wonders whether the authorities – or anyone apart from himself – have records of his purchase.

Mr Pozem, a 29-year-old from Turkey, is one of the owners in the development who complain about disorganisation among Tamweel, the mortgage lender, Nakheel, the master developer, and property companies which, after purchasing Discovery Gardens apartment buildings from Nakheel, have sold them as flats to individual buyers.

He said a salesperson with the company he bought his flat from entered the property last month and began showing it off to a prospective buyer. His tenant had just come out the shower and was wearing only a towel when she encountered the surprise visitors.

“The problem is, they are so disorganised they don’t even know who bought which apartment in the building,” said Mr Pozem, who said he had tried many times to obtain his deed and has had no success.

He fears that if he wanted to sell his flat, the records would show it was still owned by the property firm. “If they go bankrupt tomorrow, I’m basically out of luck; all my money’s gone because I don’t have a title deed.”

Mr Pozem is not the only owner worried that without deeds they might not be able to sell their units.

Anne, 37, a British national, bought two one-bedroom flats in the Dubai Marina’s Marina Promenade in August last year and two more in Green Lakes Towers in Jumeirah Lake Towers. Despite investing nearly Dh4m, she does not have a deed for any of them.

Anne, who asked that only her middle name be published, said her main concern was that banks would refuse a mortgage to prospective purchasers without a deed, an increasingly common requirement after the credit crunch.

She also said Emaar, the developer of Marina Promenade, and Asam Investment & Real Estate, the Green Lakes Towers developer, had been little help.

“I’ve been given exactly the same reasoning: ‘there’s a queue at the Land Department; expect to hear from us in September’.”

A senior administrator at Asam Investment & Real Estate, who gave his name only as Abraham, told The National that a backlog at the Land Department was responsible for the delay.

In Green Lakes Towers, he said, about 700 units in the three towers were still waiting to be registered.

“We cannot do them individually; we have to register the whole tower together,” he said. He added that he hoped the process could be completed within a month.
Humaid al Shamsi, the head of the transactions section at the Land Department, acknowledged the issue.

Eighty per cent of the buildings on the Palm Jumeirah have been registered, he said, but he did not have details of how many flats had been registered or title deeds granted.

At Jumeirah Lake Towers, he said, “the process has been started now.” He attributed any delay to “extra measurements” being done to the buildings.

Emaar declined to give reasons for delays in handing over deeds, but said in an email that it “works closely with the Dubai Land Department to assist its customers during the process, including having a representative from the Land Department available for assistance at the Emaar Property Handover office.”

However, Karim Nassif, a property lawyer at Habib al Mulla & Co, said the slowdown in the property market meant a logjam at the Land Department was an unlikely cause for the problem.

In most cases of undelivered title deeds, he said, “the developer should be held liable – 100 per cent – for it. They should be delivering their title deeds”.

And he had a warning for the worried owners: “If they don’t have the title deed, their transaction, according to the law, is voidable.”

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Dubai Police Nab Real Estate Agent on the Run

Posted by 7starsdubai on July 8, 2009

source KhaleejTimes

DUBAI — A real estate agent, on the run for
nearly a month, was caught by Dubai Police for allegedly issuing dud cheques worth Dh203 million to high
end clients.

Ahmed Thani bin Ghalita, Director of the anti-crime department of Dubai Police said, about 39 people, including top soccer players, had lodged complaints against the man, a British citizen of Pakistani origin.

Ghalita s
id the complainants alleged that the man had sold them property, for which they gave deposits, and when the deals fell through, the deposits were not repaid as guaranteed. “The police received information that the suspect, who is a holder of a British pa
sport, was trying to escape from the UAE. The police launched a search for the suspect who worked as a real estate broker and who was wanted by Interpol for issuing dud cheques to clients, including soccer players of various teams,” he said.

he police was informed by employees that the suspect was not living with his children and that he changes his appearance and was not using his mobile phone to avoid being caught by
the police.

“The suspect was stunned when he was arrested by the police in a coffee shop in the Murraqabat area — he thought that the police would not recognise him. The suspect has been on the run for 25 days.”

Ghalita said the suspect, using his work in the real estate company, dealt with clients through the email and online resources so as to avoid providing evidence for an office or home address.

Ghalita would not say which company the man was working for or which property or properties he claimed to be a broker for.

The department of anti-crime, established by the Dubai Police on September 2008, has approved a number of ways to curb crime, including the investigation of bounced cheques of large sums.

It was a part of this initiative that Dubai Police tracked the 39 complaints issued at various police stations, investigated and arrested the man for issuing bounced cheques worth Dh203 million.

During the first half of the current year the police recovered thousands of dirhams by investigating on dud cheque cases and arrested 278 wanted people.

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Property Prices Dubai will fall further

Posted by 7starsdubai on July 6, 2009

Source Arabian Business  05 July 2009

More than 60 percent of people think UAE property prices are going to drop by another 20-30 percent this year, according to an online poll.

Arabian Business asked its readers whether they thought the real estate market had hit the bottom, with just 5 percent in agreement.

Instead, some 63.4 percent of people thought there was still another 20-30 percent correction to come.

House prices in Dubai have tumbled 50 percent from their peak during the fourth quarter of last year.

Problems of over-supply and population shrinkage, with thousands of jobless expatriates expected to return home now schools have broken up, will mean continued pressure on prices.

The poll results provide a rather more pessimistic view of the UAE real estate market than a recent Shuaa Capital survey into investor confidence.

The Dubai-based investment bank found that 19 percent of investors believed that the market had bottomed out.

The investor confidence survey, conducted between June 13 and 16, is the only one of its kind in the region. It also found the highest increase in investor confidence, rising 16.8 points to 123.8 points on the month.

However, the Arabian Business poll found that only 6.1 percent of people were optimistic, believing that the market was now on the road to recovery.

While, 25.6 percent played it safe, saying nothing was going to change until the end of the year.

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ACI Group denies CEO Robin Lohmann has been jailed, fled UAE

Posted by 7starsdubai on July 2, 2009

source Arabian Business

UAE-based real estate broker ACI Group has denied stories in German business media that the company’s CEO Robin Lohmann has been jailed.

Trade title Financial Intelligence Service last week reported that Lohmann has been under investigation by the Dubai police.

The paper stated that four independent sources had confirmed Lohmann had been taken into custody for one night, had surrendered his passport to the authorities, and was not allowed to leave the country before the debts of ACI Dubai were settled.

Real estate companies have been battered by the collapse in property prices in the UAE, which has led to several master developments grinding to a standstill.

Sub developers with projects within these master developments have been battling to satisfy investors who have paid deposits for property that is not currently being built, while struggling to pay contractors on jobs that are ongoing.

Last week a senior executive of Khoie Properties, the developer behind a $550 million project on Ras al Khaimah’s man-made island of Al Marjan, was handed a three year jail sentence for bouncing two cheques totalling over $30 million.

An official from ACI, who spoke exclusively to Arabian Business but would not be named or directly quoted, said that reports in the German business press about Lohmann’s arrest, and rumours circulating in the Gulf that he had fled the country, were not true.

ACI Group is a German-based company that entered the Gulf market in 2004 with a multi-million dollar marketing programme for a succession of projects and established a glamorous headquarters – a large converted beach villa that overlooks the Arabian Gulf.

High profile projects in the emirate included tie-ups with F1 racing legend Michael Schumacher and former Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker.

The office is still functioning, as Arabian Business discovered when it visited the premises last week. Mr Lohmann was not available for a meeting and has not returned our calls.

A company spokesman mounted a robust defence for ACI, noting that, unlike many other developers who had already fled the country, ACI was still operating and construction work was ongoing. The company’s web site, he said, showed pictures of ongoing construction work that proved work is progressing.

There are 19 projects promoted on the web site, but only seven have “construction updates” that show progress on building sites.

The remainder, which includes the Boris Becker Beach Resort & Tennis Academy in Ras Al Khaimah, have no construction updates on the web site.

ACI said that no refunds were being paid to investors because projects have been postponed, not cancelled, but added that investors were not required to pay additional instalments until construction work restarted.

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Dubai Where Are The Locals ? Forbes Headlines

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 3, 2009

Forbes March 11, 2009

Seven suspects have reportedly been singled out by the authorities, but all of them are foreigners.

Dubai’s anti-corruption probe seemed in full swing Tuesday, after seven expatriate businessmen were reportedly accused by prosecutors of taking part in a $500.0 million fraud at Dubai Islamic Bank. The suspects included three Britons, two Pakistanis, one Turk and one American, according to the Associated Press, raising concerns that local Emiraatis might not be held as fully accountable as the expat brigade.

“Some might say that it’s evidence of the anti-corruption drive, but again, where are the Emiraatis?” wondered Christopher Davidson, a British academic who has authored several books on Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. “There have to be the local sponsors, the line managers, the people whose desk at which the buck stopped.”

The alleged fraud involved a company called CCH, which according to reports was linked to some of the named suspects and may have forged documents to fraudulently obtain funds from Dubai Islamic Bank. The bank issued a statement on Tuesday claiming its exposure to CCH was around $330.0 million and that it was chasing down assets “in a range of countries.”

The former chief executive of Dubai Islamic Bank, Saad Abdul Razak, was reportedly taken into custody last year for questioning, as part of the authorities’ probe of the real-estate sector, but his name does not seem to have made the final list. Press reports claim that a handful of local Emiraati executives have also been interrogated, including Sami al-Hashemi, ex-CEO of real-estate developer Mizin, and Abdul Salam al-Marri, head of the Lagoons development on Dubai Creek.

Although Dubai’s defenders cite the example of a former cabinet minister, named in press reports as Khalifa Mohammad Bakhit al-Falasi, who was sentenced to two years in jail in February for an unrelated case of fraud and embezzlement, the truth is that very few local Emiraatis have been charged or punished as a result of such investigations.

Expatriate businessmen have also accused the Dubai authorities of torture and detention without charge, including Zack Shahin, ex-CEO of Dubai Islamic Bank’s real-estate subsidiary Deyaar Properties, and Shahram Abdullah Zadeh, former manager of developer Al-Fajer Properties Dubai  (See “Desert Storm In Dubai.”)

Zack Shahin is still behind bars and still has not been charged, according to one of his American lawyers, James Pitts, who told Forbes that there were around 40 other foreign businessmen in a similar situation in Dubai.

When asked whether Shahin might have provided names to the authorities in exchange for a lighter potential sentence, or exemption from the charge sheet, Pitts replied: “I am certainly not aware of any such arrangement.”

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RERA Dubai – Panel to identify unviable projects for cancellation

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 7, 2009

source Business24-7

Dubai Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Dubai Land Department and the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera) have set up a committee that will decide on cancellation of “unviable” projects, senior department officials said yesterday.

Addressing an investors’ meeting, officials said a committee has been formed to study and analyse non-feasible projects.

“It is a tedious task and requires a lot of paper work. But the committee has been created to address the issue,” a senior official said.

Ludmila Yamalova, Partner, Mac Davidson Legal Consultants, who was present at the meeting, told Emirates Business that officials admitted project cancellations were not under their purview earlier, but amendments to Law No13 regulating the Interim Real Estate Register in Dubai now allows them to cancel projects that they deem not feasible.

In February, Rera Chief Executive Officer Marwan bin Ghalita said he believes 25 per cent of the projects will be cancelled, as developers did not start them or don’t have an intention to begin. However, he could not be reached for comment on the number of developers requesting cancellation.

The officials further told investors that the detailed regulations for Article 11 of Law No13, which lays down the terms for cancellations of “off plan” properties, will be announced soon and will explain terms such as “beyond developers control” in detail.

According to Yamalova, the authorities said developers will no longer be allowed to retain any money on reselling of units on termination of investors’ contract.

“Developers will no longer have any incentive to cancel contracts, as the money received on the resold unit will have to be deposited with the trust account of the Land Department,” she added.

Besides, Rera is also ensuring all amended payment schedules from developers need to be approved by them, with it planning to upload all payment plans on their website.

According to Rera statistics, 31,003 and 43,880 units will enter the market in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

However, it believes 20 per cent of residential units may not enter the market this year.

In February, it said the number of developers has come down from about 870 to 427.

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Tamweel Dubai chief wants urgent property aid

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 29, 2009

source The National

The Government must urgently add liquidity to limit the drop in property prices and revive the economy, the chairman of Tamweel, the country’s second-argest home finance provider, said yesterday.

The fall in property prices is bringing “huge losses” to investors in the country, Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed said.

“Unless we bring in financing for the real estate sector, I do not think the economy can be revived,” Sheikh Khaled said on the sidelines of a Dubai Economic Council conference.

“The Government has to intervene and provide funding for banks to come back and lend.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Dubai – Third Judicial Congregation to discuss issues pertaining to real estate cases and financial corruption in UAE

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 26, 2009

Dubai Courts aims to strengthen collaboration among Directors of Courts and Public Prosecution and further enhance UAE’s judicial standards


Dubai Courts has announced that it will host the Third Judicial Congregation for the Directors of Courts and Public Prosecution in the UAE tomorrow (Thursday, March 26, 2009) at the Grand Hyatt Dubai. Organised with the theme “Experiences and challenges pertaining to real estate and litigious lawsuits and financial corruption,” the Third Judicial Congregation is an initiative that seeks to further enhance judicial standards, identify best practices and develop the judicial system in line with the UAE’s socioeconomic achievements.

 Held under the patronage of Dr. Hadef bin Joaan Al Zahiri, the UAE Minister of Justice, the Judicial Congregation serves as a venue for federal and local courts in the UAE to discuss key issues and collaborate in identifying solutions to emerging judicial challenges.

Dubai Courts has invited experts to discuss German expertise concerning financial corruption, property rights, mortgage, and judicial proceedings in real estate litigious lawsuits, while an Iraqi delegation headed by the President of the Supreme Council of the Iraqi Judiciary will likewise be attending the event.

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Dubai Amlak seeks 22 million Dollar in damages from Mazaya

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 2, 2008

Dubai – June 02 , 2008
original published Arabian Businees

Dubai-based Islamic mortgage company Amlak Finance said on Sunday it was seeking 82 million dirhams ($22.33 million) in damages after an initial agreement to buy a tower block in Dubai fell through.

Amlak charged in a statement on the Dubai bourse website that the agreement to buy Sky Gardens for 1.65 billion dirhams collapsed because a unit of Kuwait’s Al-Mazaya Holding Company was unable “to honour the terms and conditions stipulated in the MoU”.

The unit, First Dubai Real Estate Development Company, subsequently said it was willing go ahead with the sale, despite the lapse of a May 31 deadline. “That is not an absolute deadline and we are willing to proceed,” First Dubai said in a statement on the Dubai bourse website.

If the sale falls through, it would keep Amlak’s 82 million dirham deposit, it said.

Shares of Amlak were up 4.15% at 0911 GMT. Those of Mazaya and First Dubai were down 1.08% and 1.02% respectively. Arif Al-Harmi, Amlak’s chief executive, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mazaya said this month it will make a profit of 46 million dinars ($173.7 million) from the sale of the project to Amlak through First Dubai. It owns 76.7% of First Dubai. (Reuters)

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Dubai property market beset by fraud claims

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 10, 2008

Malaysia Sun

Claims of scams, fraud, and embezzlement are hitting the real estate market in Dubai.

The multi-billion dollar construction craze which has attracted investors from all over the world, has seemingly brought in unsavoury types who have been preying on the never-ending appetites of locals and foreigners lining up to invest in the market.A UK company which claimed to have acquired a 900-apartment plot in the proposed Jumeriah Village project, has reportedly sold off apartments in the plot, with no prospect of them ever being built.
The company, Strategic Property Investment, and its associates, William Cowe and Mark Emlick, are being investigated by Dubai and UK authorities.

Dubai authorities are also investigating the mysterious Al Areifi Tower being constructed at Dubai Marina. As we reported several weeks ago, Khalid Saud Al-Areifi & Partner Co., of Riyadh Saudi Arabia, sold several hundred apartments in the project off-the-plan some years ago, taking full payment upfront.In recent weeks the owners of the apartments have been receiving telephone calls and faxes from Al Areifi representatives in Saudi Arabia advising them construction on the project had stopped and would not be resumed.

Investors say they have been offered their original cost, plus interest, back. We have sighted one of the letters sent which verifies the investors’ claims.When we visited the site two weeks ago we found construction in full swing. We contacted the builder on site who confirmed there had been no disruption to the construction and it was proceeding at ‘full steam.’Reports are now circulating that Al Areifi sold the site to the newly-formed, Abu Dhabi-based, Eskan Properties.

A report in Gulf News , however quotes a company spokesman as saying, ‘We sold the tower on again a week back.’
Having bought their apartments and paid for them in full, well before construction started, investors are now wondering how ‘their’ apartments could be on-sold, on two separate occasions since.

Several calls to Emaar Properties, the master developer of Dubai Marina, where the project is sited, have not been returned.

Meantime the investigation into the conduct of the former CEO of Dubai’s second largest property developer, Deyaar, has been widened.
According to Dubai’s Attorney General, Essam al-Humaidan, a second person, Ganesan Krishna Kumar, 49, has been arrested in connection with the investigation. Kumar, originally from India, was a co-founder, and is managing director, of the Dubai-based advertizing agency, Masterbrand (ME) Ltd.,Two other men have also been detained and questioned, but have since been released. Zack Shahin, Deyaar’s ex-CEO is being probed in relation to claims of possible embezzlement. Deyaar has more than 1,600 apartments, as well as retail, and office complexes, under construction in Dubai.

The glitz and glamour of Dubai’s red-hot property market must be feeling the heat of the latest troubles, coming on top of the debacle surrounding the Damac project on the Palm Jebel Ali.
Damac, which claims to be the largest private property developer in the Middle East, sold apartments off-the-plan in what it called the Palm Springs project, a luxury apartments and resort project on the Palm at Jebel Ali.

Four years after launching the project, Damac wrote to investors saying it had been abandoned as the master developer of the Palm had changed the plans and the project could not now fit the site.Within days the master developer, Nakheel, announced it was unaware of Damac’s claims, and that the changes which Damac referred to had been made ten months earlier, and Damac was happy with them.

A hastily convened meeting by the authorities, involving Damac and Nakheel, resolved the matter, with Damac agreeing to proceed with the project. That action averted a class-action lawsuit against Damac by at least sixty angry investors, most of whom were from the UK


Comments on this story

By adel, 04-26-08, 02:31 AM
An advice on Duabai real estate marketI want to give a little advice to prospective investors in Dubai. Ignore those fantastic property offerings, with incredibly low prices and very long-term and low-cost finance. Believe me guys, the price of cunstruction material and labour, rents, oil…etc have made such projects unviable. Such projects are not economically viable anymore and the little investor will, at the end, lose his or her investment. Watch out !

By Anonymous, 04-24-08, 10:03 PM

Dubai property market beset by fraud claimsI have an apartment in this project which I bought off the plan and paid for in full. As far as I am concerned I am the owner and here I read my apartment has been sold to somebody else, twice! What is going on here? And what about the mighty Emaar. They are overall responsible. Surely they can’t sell these plots off to fraudsters like this and not even answer the phone???? Investors like me just sit out here and get these scraps of information from the news media (thanks! I’m not having a go at you, without you I wouldn’t even know I was being pick-pocketed). Where are the authorities? They shouldn’t just be investigating Deyaar they should be investigating Al Areifi.

By Anonymous, 04-25-08, 05:07 PM

Dubai should act against scamsWhere there is a lot of money the smarties arrive to scam the punters. This al areifi crowd have really done a number on people. The Dubai government shouldn’t stand back and let them get away with it. Selling all the apartments to individuals and then selling the whole building to somebody else is just straight forward theft and fraud. The Saudi Arabian authorities should act as well because this is a Saudi company. What confidence can people have in these gulf markets when this sort of nonsense goes on?

By Anonymous, 04-25-08, 08:09 PM

Few bad apples doesn’t mean you throw out the whole caseYes there are scams and frauds in Dubai, just as there are everywhere. Mostly though I think investment in theis place is safe. The government needs to stamp out the bad guys because it affects how people perceive the market.

By Anonymous, 04-28-08, 01:50 PM

These thugs have to be stopped. Whilst these guys are living the lavish lifestyle, we are repaying our loans to pay for them to do so. I am still pursuing these people and find it a huge disappointment that UAE have no laws against this or protection for people who invest from abroad. It was particualrly enlightening that these guys are residing at one of the sheikhs hotels.. Does that mean he thinks all of this is ok?????

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Wall Street Journal – Scandals in Dubai Cast a Cloud

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 1, 2008

original published Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120941603017750659.html

Some Problem Deals In Real Estate May Dent Trust
By MARGARET COKERApril 29, 2008; Page C2

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — This city-state’s real-estate market is booming. Massive building projects scrape the sky. Sales and rental prices appear buoyant as investments flow in from other oil-rich Persian Gulf states, the former Soviet Union, India and Iran.

But a series of legal tussles and property-related scandals could dent foreign-investor confidence and tarnish the business-friendly reputation the government has tried so hard to burnish.
Earlier this month, the chief executive of one of Dubai’s largest publicly traded developers was jailed. And two disputes involving European and U.S. investors have raised concerns about Dubai’s regulatory and legal safeguards.

The U.A.E., a collection of seven, semiautonomous emirates, was the first of the Arab Gulf states to allow foreign-property ownership. The country, a major oil producer, remains at the center of the Gulf region’s construction surge. More than a third of the estimated $1.2 trillion in projects under way in the region are in the oil-rich U.A.E., according to a report by the London-based Middle East Economic Digest, which tracks building projects.

While Dubai lacks the big oil reserves of its neighbor Abu Dhabi, it has diversified away from petroleum, building a reputation as a hub for tourism, business and transportation. Crucial to that strategy are its development projects.
Dubai has regaled tourists and investors alike with megaprojects such as the construction of Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, and the planned Palm developments, three separate man-made island clusters in the shape of palm trees.

“The perception of Dubai is based on the Burj, the Palm trilogy and sunshine 365 days a year. So far, you could call it a successful marketing campaign,” said Martin Kohlhase, a senior analyst in Dubai for Moody’s Investors Service, the credit-rating company. “There is so much at stake.”
Marwan bin Ghalita, chief executive of Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Agency, said he has worked hard over the past few months to improve rule making and enforcement among Dubai’s 742 licensed developers. “We are doing a very good job, but there are still lots of things to do to achieve awareness about the rules and procedures here,” said Mr. bin Ghalita.

Deyaar Development PJSC said earlier this month that its former chief executive, Zack Shahin, had left the company and was being held by Dubai police. The company, listed on the local stock exchange, disclosed the moves after the Zawya Dow Jones wire service reported the arrest.
Mr. Shahin, a U.S. citizen, is being held as part of an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing at the company. In a jail-house interview, he told the wire service he was innocent.

Mystery has shrouded the case, raising concerns about the extent of its repercussions on the company, one of Dubai’s biggest developers. A Deyaar spokeswoman declined to comment.
Another project — on the Palm Jebel Ali archipelago, one of the three clusters — also recently became a battleground between a Dubai developer and disgruntled investors.
In 2003, Damac Properties, one of Dubai’s largest private developers, sold apartments in a 25-story building, known as Palm Springs. The company targeted British investors, eager to snap up retirement or rental properties.

Last month, Damac sent letters to those investors, saying the project had been canceled, giving few details. When investors pressed, they were told Palm Jebel Ali’s government-controlled master developer, Nakheel PJSC, hadn’t given Damac suitable land on which to build.
‘Out of the Blue’

Damac promised to return investors’ money, plus 6% interest, or give discounts on another Damac property. The Palm Springs apartments were sold for about $220 a square foot, according to investors. Current market prices in the same area are as much as $890 a square foot.
“It came out of the blue,” said Colin Murray, who lives southwest of London and bought two Palm Springs apartments.

Mr. Murray helped band together 80 investors in the United Kingdom. They filed a formal complaint with Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Agency. Nakheel denied it had caused the project cancellation, and regulatory officials launched talks between Nakheel and Damac. Damac then told investors that the project was back on.

The agency’s Mr. bin Ghalita said Dubai law gives Damac six months to start construction. He said he “would be keeping my eye” on the situation.

The controversy over Palm Springs was just the most prominent in a series of property-investor complaints. The local English-language press has reported stories of middle-class families being bilked by unlicensed brokers or unscrupulous developers who have taken large deposits and failed to deliver. And then there are delays in finishing construction. Damac has completed only 18% of its $30 billion real-estate portfolio.
Financiers in Tussle

It isn’t only small investors getting ensnared. U.S. private-equity firm Capital Partners, a real-estate-development arm of McKinley Reserve, of Wisconsin, is in a $1 billion legal dispute with Tecom Investments, a subsidiary of Dubai Holding, which is owned by Dubai’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In 2005, Capital Partners and Tecom signed a contract allowing the Americans to develop a 15-hectare site called Riverwalk. Months later, however, the deal had turned sour. Capital Partners accused Tecom of selling it land that it didn’t own, specifically, almost a hectare that was a designated archaeological site.

With $10 million already sunk into the project, Capital Partners refused to make a scheduled second payment to Tecom until the ownership issues had been worked out. Tecom said that missed payment was grounds to terminate the contract. The case is before the Dubai International Arbitration Center, an independent tribunal.

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Delays in delivering apartments ‘must be compensated’

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 17, 2008


Original GulfNews By Robert Ditcham, Staff Reporter
Published: August 31, 2006, 00:00

Dubai: Penalising developers with hefty compensation for delays in delivering properties will lift investor confidence in Dubai’s softening real estate market, officials said.

Currently, developers are not legally bound to pay compensation to property buyers in case of delay. Any compensation arrangements are at the discretion of developers rather than being enforced by law.

Analysts say this situation dents consumer confidence and should be addressed by Dubai’s authorities.

“If Dubai instills more confidence by ensuring there are fixed penalties for delays, this will add much greater value to the market,” said Sudhir Kumar, executive director for the property division of Dubai-based Morison Consulting.

Kumar called for a fixed penalty of one to 1.5 per cent of the total unit value per month of delay.



Alexis Waller at legal specialists Clyde&Co’s Middle East branch, said developers should either offer consumers their money back if the completion date and grace period have passed or encourage investors to stick with a project by paying a monthly compensation fee.

“I think it’s very important that official regulation is introduced in this area,” she said.

Unfortunately for Dubai’s real estate market, a combination of escalating material costs and a shortage of skilled contractors is putting huge pressure on developers to meet completion dates.

Damac Properties took matters into its own hands when two of its projects, Marina Terrace and The Waves, were delivered beyond the scheduled date due to circumstances “out of the company’s control”.

Damac CEO Peter Riddoch said, “We would welcome any legislation that introduces a level playing field [regarding compensation] for all developers.”

The move, others suggest, should be delayed by at least five years. “Dubai’s property market is immature. It is unreasonable for the developer to take the heat when many of the delays are caused by contractors or market conditions,” said Hashim Al Dabal, chief executive of Dubai Properties.

Purchase contracts dictate payments

– Property developers in Dubai are not legally bound to pay compensation

– Currently purchase contracts dictate compensation

– Several freehold property buyers were hit by construction delays

– More than 13,000 families have moved to freehold homes already

– A number of projects, including Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach–Residence and parts of Inter-national City have been delayed

Your comments

I have bought one bed appartment in International City. I have completed 100% payment, but still don’t have any contract documents belonging to my property. I went to the sales office and they sent me here and there, as nobody wants to see a meagre Dhs 300,000 investor. Ultimately they show a plain blank face and ignorance to what is not going on.

Dubai needs to go beyond compensating for delays, legislation is needed to protect investors money full stop. My investment in The Lighthouse Dubai Marina totally disappeared when the developer emptied his bank account(s).

It should simply work back-to-back. By this I mean that developers get liquidated damages for each day of delay cause by the contractor therefore they should pass this on to their customer. To excuse this practice because “Dubai’s property market is immature” is an invalid argument.

When the developers levy penalties for delays to contractors, it is imperative that they correspondingly enter into a delay penalty clause with the buyers of the freehold property. Timely delivery is an integral part of a legal contract and the authorities should enforce this to get credibility and commitment to the market. This will also improve the image and confidence in the Dubai real-estate market and make it at par on this factor with international best practices.

The Authorities should be fair to everybody. I am paying a big fine for every single day of delay I make in the monthly payment to the developer. However, the developer yet to finish 1/4 of works of the building which is due in October 2006. I am told that they may finish the end of next year, with a delay of 16 months but without composation to anybody. Is this Fair?
Abu Dhabi,UAE

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