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Can US Citizens Own Real Estate in Dubai?


Jeff Toth California based International Realtor | LuxeAlly Real Estate

Rising crime across the US have residents seeking refuge in Dubai where safety is a top priority.

Dubai is a top tourist destination for world travelers. Warm climate, seaside resorts, modern skyline, endless entertainment, and centralized location to Europe, Africa, South Asia, and The Middle East make it a popular destination. Now many nationalities are calling Dubai home.

The Numbers:

According to a newly released global crime index, which studied the views of 70,000 people, Dubai made the top 10, ranking in 6th place.

Some expatriates are in Dubai on short term contracts, while others have lived long enough in Abu Dhabi or Dubai to call the UAE their home. Knowing that their children are being brought up in a safe environment, and valuing their own personal security concerns are driving factors.

Safety is also a major attraction for individuals and business owners wishing to relocate to the UAE, not to mention for the millions of tourists that visit the country every year.
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“Buyers are tired of the high taxes and not feeling safe in their inner cities and many feel let down by the way their governments handled the Covid situation. What really is paramount for many is the safety and security that the UAE offers.” Chris Boswell Dubai/London

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Can American’s Own Property in Dubai?

In Dubai, foreign ownership is permitted in areas designated as freehold. Foreigners (who don’t live in the UAE) and expatriate residents may acquire freehold ownership rights over property without restriction, usufruct rights, or leasehold rights for up to 99 years.

Article 3 of Regulation No. 3 of 2006 Determining Areas for Ownership by Non-Nationals of Real Property in the Emirate of Dubai (pages 129-132) indicates the land plots designated as freehold properties.

The title deeds are issued by the Land Department in the emirate. There is no age limit to own property in Dubai.

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