In 2011, the Dubai Land Department banned registration of real estate to foreign companies. Therefore, the following real estate registration options appear to be optimal:
Jebel Ali Free Zone is the only free zone in the emirate of Dubai which registers offshore companies that have the right to own real estate in the entire territory of the emirate. Such offshore companies do not need to obtain additional permits from local authorities to own real estate.
A quick company incorporation and the ability to form companies 100% owned by foreign individuals secured JAFZA’s position as a centre for registering companies to invest in UAE assets.
The whole company incorporation process takes about two weeks after the client has provided the necessary documents.
The cost of registering a JAFZA offshore company is USD 9 500, which includes:
Since July 2019, offshore companies incorporated in Ras Al Khaimah International Corporate Centre (RAKICC) or in Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) can own real estate located in Dubai. In particular, the Dubai Land Department recognizes the registration of freehold (free ownership) property rights and other rights to land and real estate, subject to provision of necessary documents and payment of fees. Such registration is only possible where the shareholders of an offshore company are individuals or individuals and legal entities. As in the case of JAFZA, a company can be 100% owned by foreign citizens.
The cost of registering a Ras al Khaimah offshore company is USD 6 200, which includes:
Company incorporation normally takes about 10 days from the date of submission of all necessary documents.
If an offshore company is to become the owner of real estate in Dubai, you will need to obtain a No Objection Letter from RAKICC / RAKEZ respectively and submit it to the Dubai Land Department.
Technically, it is also possible to register property in Dubai for a company incorporated in Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Free Zone (DMCC) or Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). However, a special approval from the Dubai Land Department is required for real estate registration, and the Dubai Land Department reserves the right to withhold such approval at its sole discretion. Besides, setting up a company in these free zones is more costly and time-consuming than incorporating an offshore company.
The specialists of our company are also ready to provide support in various real estate transactions, including: