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How to Get an Ownership Certificate in the UAE: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you are looking to purchase property in the UAE, you will need to obtain an ownership certificate. This document proves that you are the legal owner of the property. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of obtaining an ownership certificate in the UAE. We will provide a step-by-step guide on what you need to do, as well as some tips for making the process easier. Let’s get started!

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The first step in obtaining an ownership certificate is to gather the required documents. You will need to provide a copy of your passport, as well as copies of the title deed and purchase contract for the property. If you are not the legal owner of the property, you will also need to provide a power of attorney from the legal owner.

Once you have gathered all of the required documents, you will need to submit them to the relevant authorities. In Abu Dhabi, this would be the Department of Land and Property Affairs (DLA). In Dubai, you would submit your documents to either Dubai Land Department (DLD) or Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).

The process of obtaining an ownership certificate can be quite complicated, so it is important to be as prepared as possible. Make sure you have all of the required documents and that you know where to submit them. You should also be familiar with the fees associated with obtaining an ownership certificate.

The good news is that there are plenty of resources available to help you through the process. The DLA has a helpful guide on their website, and the DLD has a guide for foreign investors. You can also contact a real estate agent or lawyer who will be able to help you navigate the process.

Property registration law in the UAE


UAE’s Residents have the right to buy, sell or lease any property they deem fit, and the law oversees and protects their interests. The UAE has a well-functioning legal system that offers expatriates complete security with regards to their property rights.

The law stipulates that all owners of real estate in the UAE must have an ownership certificate from the relevant authority. The certificate is proof that you are the rightful owner of the property, and it is required for any transactions relating to the property – such as selling or leasing.

While a foreigner can become the owner of a property/properties but only in certain designated areas, it is important to bear in mind that said foreigner cannot purchase property from another foreigner. These areas are called ‘freehold areas’ and are specifically designated for foreign investment. The list of these areas is constantly changing, so it is important to check with the local authorities before making any property purchase decisions.

Dubai was the first city in the UAE that introduced freehold areas for foreign investors, and it now has a number of areas that fall into this category. Some of the most popular freehold areas in Dubai include Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Palm Jumeirah, The Views, and Arabian Ranches.

The Dubai Land Department maintains a temporary register of all real estate transactions in Dubai. This register is open to the public, and you can access it through their website. The register shows the property owner’s name, nationality, and contact information.

The required documents will vary depending on your location in the UAE. For example, if you are in Abu Dhabi, you will need to submit your documents to the Department of Land and Property Affairs (DLA).

According to the seventh article of Law No. 15 of 2008, the ownership certificate must be issued within a maximum period of 60 days from the date of receiving all the required documents. The law also stipulates that the certificate is free of charge.

How is the information entered in the UAE Real Estate Register?


Property registration in each emirate has its own rules that regulate the procedure for data entry into the register. The Dubai Land Department (DLD) regulates real estate registration in Dubai and has put in place a number of rules that must be followed by all concerned parties – including developers, brokers, landlords and tenants.

The DLD has also released a number of guides to help foreigners understand the process of registering property in Dubai. The guide for foreign investors is a comprehensive document that covers all aspects of the registration process, from finding a property to getting the ownership certificate.

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is the authority responsible for recording all real estate transactions in the Emirate of Dubai, regardless of location. The DMCC has a register of all properties in Dubai, and this information is updated on a daily basis.

The register shows the property owner’s name, nationality, and contact information. It also includes the date of purchase, price paid, type of property and number of bedrooms/bathrooms.

In order to access this information, you will need to submit a request to the DMCC. They will then provide you with a copy of the relevant register extract for your specific property. This service is chargeable, and the fee depends on the number of pages requested.

In Dubai, the buyer and the seller must meet in the Land Department to sign the deed of sale and have it notarized. The department will then issue an ownership certificate to the buyer.

The following documents are required in order for the Dubai Land Department to issue an ownership certificate:

– Original title deed

– Passport copy of buyer and seller

– Emirates ID copy of buyer and seller

– Sale contract stamped by Dubai Municipality

– Utility bill in the name of the seller

– No Objection Certificate from developer (if applicable)

Once all the required documents have been submitted, it generally takes around two weeks for the Dubai Land Department to process the application and issue an ownership certificate.

It is important to remember that you cannot register the property transaction in Dubai online.

how can I check property in Dubai registry?

Unfortunately, you cannot check the property registry online. Only the following persons have access to this information:

– The developer

– The landlord

– The tenant

– Any other person authorized by the Dubai Land Department

State guarantee of real estate ownership in the UAE

The UAE has a state guarantee of real estate ownership, which means that foreign investors can be assured that their property rights will be protected by the government. This is one of the main reasons why the UAE is such a popular destination for foreign investors.

According to article 7 of Law No. 7 of 2006, the ownership certificate is the only document that proves ownership of real estate in the UAE. This law was enacted to protect the rights of foreign investors and to ensure that all property transactions are carried out in a transparent and legal manner.

The UAE has a well-developed legal system that protects the rights of both local and foreign investors. The government is committed to ensuring that all real estate transactions are carried out in a fair and efficient manner and has put in place a number of regulations to guarantee this.

You can also find detailed information in our guides on property registration in Dubai:

– Guide for foreign investors

– Buying a property in Dubai

– Renting a property in Dubai

– How to transfer property ownership in Dubai

– Selling a property in Dubai

Obtaining an ownership certificate in the UAE can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow our step-by-step guide and you will be on your way to owning property in the UAE!

And that’s it! We hope this blog post was helpful and that you now have a better understanding of how to obtain an ownership certificate in the UAE. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!

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