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Maha Dahoui - Associate - Real Estate
Abu Dhabi Executive Council issued Resolution No. (336) of 2018 on the Reduction and Cancellation of the Fees of Some Municipal Services in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (‘Resolution 336’). Resolution 336, which came into effect on 01 December 2018, has either reduced or cancelled many fees applicable to real estate disposals and related municipal services in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
All fees stated in Resolution 336 are payable to Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Al Ain City Municipality and Al Dhafra Region Municipality, as applicable depending on the location of the property.
Pursuant to Resolution 336, 75 municipality services fees were cancelled and 23 municipality fees were reduced by 10 to 50 percent. Below is an outline of some of the most important fees that have been reduced (or cancelled) by Resolution 336:
Resolution 336 abolishes and replaces any provisions in previous laws and resolutions which contradict or are inconsistent with its provisions (in particular Resolution No. 49 of 2018 on the Municipal Services Fees in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (‘Resolution No. 49’) and Resolution of the Chairman of the Department of Municipal Affairs No. (247) of 2015 Issuing the Executive Regulations on the Adoption of Fees in accordance with Law No. (3) of 2015 on the Regulation of the Real Estate Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi which came into effect on 1 January 2018).
Abu Dhabi Executive Council issued Resolution No. (9) of 2019 on the Twentieth Investment Area in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (‘20th Investment Area’). The 20th Investment Area includes three plots (Nos. P1, P2 and P3) in Kaser Al Amwaj area in Abu Dhabi City.
Resolution No. (9) of 2019 sets a limit on foreign ownership of up to 50 percent of the real estate units developed within the 20th Investment Area.
Foreigners and companies wholly or partly owned by them are entitled to purchase freehold title to land, apartments, offices, villas and other real estate units in the investment areas of Abu Dhabi. The right for foreigners to hold freehold title to land within investment has recently been allowed by Law No. (13) of 2019 amending certain provisions of Law No. (19) of 2005 on Real Estate Property Ownership.
Foreigners also have the right to acquire all other real estate rights with regard to land and other properties in investment areas such as usufruct right, musataha right and long-term lease rights for a period not exceeding 99 years.
Al Tamimi & Company’s Real Estate team regularly advises on real estate investment in Abu Dhabi. For further information please contact Maha Dahoui (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Bowman (email@example.com).