Digitization: Revolutionizing the Operations of the Real-Estate Sector

Digitization is a buzzword in the UAE property realm and technology industry today. The real-estate sector is extensively adopting emerging technologies such as PropTech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Virtual reality, etc. to offer a seamless experience to all the stakeholders involved.  

The advent of digital technologies has made it much easier and time-saving to access the property market. A user can now access all the required information that will help him make a decision of buying, selling, or renting. The interaction takes place through property applications and search engines such as: Bayut, Zillow, etc.in just a few clicks. Ease of use is the prime factor driving the usage of digital means in the real-estate sector.

Commonly Used Digital Technologies in Real-estate Sector:

Some of the prominent digital technologies which are revolutionizing the real-estate sector in the UAE and across the globe are as follows: 

Augmented Reality:

Augmented Reality or AR has proved to be a boon for potential buyers especially in the Covid-19 era. AR facilitates the realtors in organizing digital tours of the site for potential buyers rather than physically visiting the property and risking their health. Augmented Reality applications also allow users to take a quick look at property layouts from the comfort of their own homes. The potential buyers can view the condition of the property and all its salient features using their smartphone, AR headset, or tablet. Due to its speed and convenience, augmented reality has been highly successful in enhancing the overall customer experience of the real-estate sector’s clients and customers. Some of the most popular AR real-estate applications are RealAR Places and Commercial Real Estate. 

Big Data Analytics:

The role of Big Data Analytics has been pivotal for realtors in analyzing buyer’s behavior and gaining valuable insights into the type of property they prefer. It also allows realtors in staying updated with the prevailing buying & selling trends in the market and in predicting future buying trends. This allows realtors to develop properties as per the consumer’s expectations and ensure no property is left unsold. 

Big data analytics also assist potential buyers throughout their decision-making process for their ideal purchase.


While making the purchase decision, potential buyers visit several online listed property websites to discover the properties that most closely match their requirements. The process is very bulky and tedious for the buyers as it involves calling the customer services every time to have their questions answered.Artificial intelligence (AI) powered Chatbots are the revolutionary innovation that allows potential buyers to get quick answers to their questions in just a few clicks. The moment buyers access the online portals, AI-Chatbots appear on their screen ready to assist them in finding out the answers to the queries.  AI-Chatbots facilitate the buyers in making constant comparison during the process of property search. 

AI-powered Chatbots also assist real-estate brokers in connecting with potential buyers. With AI-Chatbots, real-estate brokers can swiftly resolve all the queries received from the potential buyers on their web portals which often results in an appointment and later converts into a sale. AI-Chatbots allow real-estate brokers to expand their sales & profits in a minimal time and take off their workload for them to focus on urgent and productive tasks.


In the last few years, there has been an exponential rise in fraudulent property transactions. Millions of buyers globally have fallen prey to the malpractices adopted by realtors. Furthermore, there are also errors committed by the realtors such as updating incorrect property title, challenges in accessing deals, etc. which delayed the closing process. 

Blockchain technology is a savior for buyers as it offers data transparency. It operates on the concept of sharing ledgers which supports peer-to-peer transactions without needing central administration. ‘Encrypted Consensus’, without the meddling of third parties, is the real essence that makes Blockchain technology an apple of everyone’s eye in the real-estate sector.

Digital Architecture:

The foundation of strong architecture highly depends on its fluid designs to get the knack of different angles, fragments & curves. The implementation and usage of digital tools at a wider scale in the form of architectural designing software is working wonders for the building architects in creating robust and efficient building designs. Some of the popular digital tools used by architects globally include – AutoCAD, ArchiCad, RHINO 3D, BIM (Building Information Modeling), 2D – 3D modeling softwares, etc.

Role of digitization  in the Covid-19 Era for Real-estate Sector:

The global pandemic – COVID-19 has halted the operations of every industry and the real-estate sector is no exception. There has been a significant decline in construction activities across the globe since April 2020 due to the safety reasons of the workers. In these turbulent times, digitization  has emerged as a great savior. The real-estate developers are leveraging emerging technologies such as – Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to ensure the construction process remains uninterrupted. The real-estate industry is using drones on a large scale to perform onsite evaluations and surveys. 

Global real-estate firms are resorting to cost-cutting measures to overcome the massive business losses caused due to the pandemic. The top priority of the real-estate head honchos is to curtail the expenses on creative marketing, advertising, and content production as these activities do not generate any direct revenue. They will be choosing digital platforms & social media channels to advertise their upcoming projects which are still more cost-effective than television advertisements or other modes to promote their products. Certainly, digitization  has a crucial role to play. A shift towards digital marketing will yield fruitful results for the real-estate sector in terms of cost and business expansion. 

There has been an exponential rise in the demand for PropTech solutions from the real-estate sector as the realtors are eager to leverage data to unlock profitability and galvanize their user experience (UX). Digitization or digital technologies will complement the UAE real-estate sector by providing buyers and realtors instant access to insights and tools, for agile customer engagement. Digitization will facilitate the real-estate sector to integrate with a global market and make their business operations more transparent. It will drive a 360-degree transformation of their sales and customer engagement. Without a shadow of a doubt, embracing digitization  is a win-win situation for both realtors and the buyers.

Digitization at Kaizen AMS:

Digitization is an integral aspect of Kaizen AMS’ business operations and being driven by technology is among our core values. Leveraging all types of digital channels, we strive to make it simple for our clients to reach us. Through the ‘Contact Us section on the Kaizen AMS website, our potential landlords & investors can get in touch with the business development team to explore options to start business with Kaizen. At Kaizen AMS,  we make a positive difference to the lives of our clients & customers’ by offering unparalleled customer services to create those long-lastingMemorable experiences’.

Expo 2020 Dubai to Catalyze the Pace of UAE’s Real Estate Sector

As the countdown for Expo 2020 Dubai begins, the real estate sector is getting ready to make the most of this opportunity. The city has emerged as the most attractive destination for investment especially in the real-estate sector in the last decade due to the higher rate of returns and zero tax on investment — a combination that does not exist in any other part of the world.  Starting from Friday, January 22, 2021 UAE residents and tourists are allowed to visit  the Expo 2020 Dubai’s ‘Terra — The Sustainability Pavilion’ for Dh25 per ticket. The Pavilion’ will focus on the most trending topics today such as – climate change, reducing the carbon footprints, environmental impact, solar energy, exploring other sources of energy, finding out new and innovative irrigation techniques, including a greywater recycling system to reduce water use in the landscape by 75%, and working towards providing real-life solutions to help preserve the earth for future generations

Growth Drivers:

There are a lot of expectations of the real estate industry from the EXPO 2020  due to a list of favorable policy reforms and schemes launched by the UAE government such as: the Golden card visa, investor visa, 100% foreign ownership for enterprises, easy payment plans, long-term residency options for professionals, and the flexibility offered by financial institutions in debt repayment, and foreign retirees scheme. 

Furthermore, the success of Expo 2020 will also get a boost from the recent venture of ICD and Dubai South to launch the Dubai Global Connect (DGC) initiative which is launched to connect global wholesale buyers and sellers. DGC is a wholesale market platform that links buyers and sellers globally. The initiative will have a favorable impact on the competitiveness of the real estate market, infrastructure, economy, trade flow, which will spur the sales of the real-estate sector. These schemes will boost investor confidence and foster more investment into the UAE real estate market.

Forecast & Predictions:

The cost of constructing the expo site and related infrastructure is estimated to be US$6.9 billion. The Expo is predicted to attract significant investments to the UAE economy of Dubai. Here are some of the predictions on the impact of Expo 2020 on UAEs economy.

  • Ernst & Young (EY) report – 2019 predicts that the Expo 2020 Dubai will contribute AED122.6 billion of gross value added (GVA) to the UAE’s economy till 2031. The grand event is also predicted to support up to 905,200 full-time equivalent (FTE) job-years in the UAE until 2031, which is equal to approximately 49,700 FTE jobs per annum.
  • The EY report also expects the Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are estimated to receive AED 4.7 billion in investment during the pre-Expo phase, which will support approximately 12,600 job-years.
  • According to Jones Day analysts, the Expo 2020 will generate approximately US $23 billion (AED 84.5 billion) for the emirates, which is equal to 24.4 % of Dubai’s GDP between 2015 and 2021. Jones Day analysts reached these figures by calculating the total estimated spend by the government, participants, visitors and general commercial activity related to the event. 
  • Jones day report  also predicts that, over the next six years, the UAE could attract as much as US$100 billion to US$150 billion in foreign direct investment across a range of industry sectors, including financial services, infrastructure, construction, real estate, hospitality, tourism, and transportation.
  • The event organizers predict that during the peak six-month period of the World Expo 2020, the largest event to be held in the Arab World is predicted to add the equivalent of 1.5 % to UAE Gross Domestic Product.

Expo 2020 to Spur UAE Economic Growth to 4.5%:

The Expo 2020 will be a big push for the UAE economic growth which is under 2% in 2020. The experts predict that Expo 2020 will take UAE economic growth to new heights with GDP growth surging to 4.5% over the next few years.

Expo 2020 will have a favorable impact on the job market and create a pool of opportunities in every sector such as real estate, property management, infrastructure, travel, tourism, engineering, development, and architecture.

A Big Push for UAEs Real Estate Sector:

Real estate gurus predict that Expo 2020 Dubai will expedite the pace of growth of the UAE real estate market. The rising interest of Chinese and Indian investors due to lucrative government policies is indeed great news for the UAE real estate sector as well as for the property management firms. 

According to the Arabian Post, so far, Expo 2020 planners awarded 47 ok construction contracts worth AED 11 billion to organize the event. Expo 2020 Dubai will also boost the average price of the residential properties in Dubai in the range of AED 1,000 to 12,000 sq. ft. 

The real estate experts expect a vast transformation to take place in Dubai property value and sales amid Expo 2020 Dubai. The ‘Expo effect’ will lead to sold-out hotel rooms and stimulate the job market. The grand event will ensure that the UAEs real estate sector thrives despite market fluctuations such as declining oil prices, the introduction of VAT, and the recessionary phase due to Covid 19. 

Expo 2020 will foster tourism in Dubai which will result in a surge in occupancy rate, boosting the short-term rental market. The government expects this momentum even after April 2021, banking on its new visa reforms and other favorable schemes. 

Concurrently, the property market is also expected to meet the demand-supply gap on the back of affordability in both sales and rentals. 

In addition, the Dubai Land Department (DLD)  can play a prominent role in the growth of real-estate industry as it looks forward to contemplating tokenization of real estate units. This will open doors for foreign investors and induce price-stabilization. The Expo 2020 will be graced with the presence of affluent venture capitalists, real-estate aficionados, and potential expats offering Dubai an auspicious opportunity to showcase all it has to offer on a global stage. Along with residential properties, commercial developments are also being planned in the allocated 1.5 million square feet area, with IKEA and Ace Hardware already established in Dubai South and Siemens.

The Expo 2020 event is expected to boost the real estate sector in UAE due to positive investor sentiment and a surge in economic activities. The event will be a major push for the residential property prices in Dubai which are on a downward trend since 2017. 

Expo 2020 is expected to add more than 60,000 new properties to the market before its launch. The sector will also have a profound impact of favourable government policies such as – easing of ownership and visa regulations, over recent months. This will work wonders for the real estate industry and create even more favourable conditions for real estate growth and development. The grand event will have a favorable impact on the prices and will attract more investment in the near future. 

How Can Property Management Firms Mitigate the Business Impact of Covid 19?

The UAE economy was performing fairly each year until its growth was interrupted by the Coronavirus disease. As widely reported, a survey conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, COVID-19 will lead to the closure of almost 70% of the UAE-based businesses. However, despite all odds, UAE’s economy is amongst the least affected by Covid 19 compared to the world’s biggest economies such as the U.S.A, U.K, E.U., and the BRICS nations, a special thanks to the timely and effective measures taken by the government to soften the blow of the pandemic on the economy as well as on human lives.

The UAE economy is expected to resume recovery to pre-COVID-19 levels in 2021. This is indeed great news for the region’s property management sector as it will be hugely benefited from the trend of robust economic growth which is expected to continue until 2024 as per the evaluation of IMF and HSBC.

Owner’s Association: Meaning, Role, & Significance

As per the Jointly Owned Property Law, or the Strata Law, “Owner’s Association is a non-profit establishment and a separate legal entity which consists of all the owners of the units in a jointly owned property,”.

The Owner’s Association is primarily responsible for the management, maintenance, and operation of common areas within the jointly owned property with each unit owner being a member of the OA. All individual owners in the community become members of the OA as soon as they purchase a flat or house in that particular building or community and start making the payment towards the annual service charge for the maintenance and upkeep of the common areas of the building or community. 

The Owner Associations are governed by a board of elected unit owners and headed by an OA manager, who may be an owner acting in a voluntary capacity. There is also a rising culture of appointing OA managers from a specialist company licensed and registered by RERA.

The owner’s association plays a decisive role in the enforcement of statutory regulations, the formation of the rules & regulations, and ensuring the highest standards of security of the building. OAs also devotes a considerable period of time towards strategic financial management with a core objective to improve the life cycle of the building.

The Adverse Impact of Covid 19 on UAE Economy: 

According to Oxford Economics, the United Arab Emirates could lose 900,000 jobs which are eye-watering for a country of 9.6 million. The region is also likely to witness 10% of its residents uproot. This havoc will minimize the number of tenants in the apartments and will also hamper the demand for new properties. Within the two months of the spread of the pandemic in UAE, more than 150,000 Indian nationals and 40,000 Pakistani nationals left or registered to leave the UAE by early May 2020. Around one million expats are expected to leave UAE in the next 4-6 months. This is indeed very bad news for the UAE’s real estate and property management sector.

The UAE property market was in a bad shape before the spread of the global pandemic. Coronavirus further added to the miseries for the sector and aggravated the situation. Within the first three months of the spread of the virus, the residential property prices fell by 30% due to weak demand.

Top Challenges Ahead of OA Firms:

Covid 19 has severely hit the financial capacity of the owners association firms. There has been a huge decline in the rental rates of the properties due to the slow demand and migration of tenants from the buildings. This has adversely impacted the budget of the property to be spent on the maintenance of the building resulting in inefficient building operations, higher utility costs, and a surge in energy consumption. Another daunting challenge for the owner’s association firms to address is the collection of service charges. Due to Covid 19, a list of affluent tenants moved outside the UAE to much safer places which reported almost negligible cases of Covid 19. These tenants were not aware of their commitment to the association. The UAE government is yet to indisputably enforce legislation on owners’ service charge obligations.

Growth Drivers:

The key growth drivers for the UAE’s Owners association sector will be the continued financial stimulus from the government, easing of the lockdown, and the upcoming Expo in 2021, etc. The UAE  government has laid major emphasis on curbing the growth of the virus and normalizing the economy which has worked wonders for the property management and the OA sector.  Dubai was recently awarded a “Safe Travel Certification” from the World Travel and Tourism Council, while the UAE ranks third in Covid-19 testing per one million of the population. These factors will have a favorable impact on the occupancy rates at the properties which will positively impact the business of OA firms.

How Can OA Firms Overcome the Effects of Covid 19?

Owner’s association firms must draft a well-thought emergency response and a business continuity plan to address tenants’ health incidents. Following the process can provide a solid foundation for a sustainable response program. 

Owner’s association firms must conduct a risk assessment and based on the results should decide whether to expand its current plan to address threats to tenants’ health. They must implement guidance released by the public health officials, counsel, and industry resources to make changes and must circulate the emergency plan with staff and tenants.

To attract the tenants in these difficult times, OA firms must keep service charges lower. Although lesser service charges will create a revenue deficit, OA firms will earn a fair share from the increased occupancy rate.

OA firms should hold training sessions to educate their managers, tenants, and board members on the industry procedures and government laws on Covid 19 to make each party involved in their rights and obligations. This will ensure clear communication among the industry stakeholders and will also have a favorable impact on tenancy rates. Owners Association firms must circulate their plans to combat Covid 19 with the tenants and key staff members. They can also consider hosting a teleconference to explain their plan and implement it. 

It is also of paramount importance for the OA firms to maintain clear and transparent communication with the tenants on the spread of the virus, maintaining the data of the number of tenants falling victim to it, and releasing advisory on all tenants who are diagnosed with Covid 19 to ensure other tenants maintain distance from them which is very important to curb the growth of the virus.

Maintaining sufficient funds is another key aspect OA firms must focus on. They must maintain robust capital reserve funds to deal with any fund crisis situation. Furthermore, it will be wise to go for insurance policies to protect their assets and to have the right cover by professionals.

UAE Resumes Trade Relations with Qatar. What does it mean for the Real-Estate Sector?

Ending its three-and-a-half-year split, Qatar is finally back into the GCC family. The restoration of relations will attract invaluable investments from affluent Qatari investors into the UAE. This will have a significantly positive impact on the economy and is also much-needed for the recovery of UAEs retail and hotel sectors. 

UAE’s Stand on the Matter:

The UAE joined Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt on Jan 12, 2021, in signing an accord with Qatar during a summit of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders. The UAE government has already announced to reopen its borders and airspace with Qatar after a long conflict and has already commenced the commerce and travel with Qatar.

The trigger behind this move was Saudi Arabia announcing to settle its long conflict with Qatar and restore diplomatic ties and its allies will follow suit during the annual Gulf Arab summit which took place on January 05, 2021, in Saudi Arabia’s desert site of Al-Ula.

Why is Qatar So Important for the UAE Real-estate Sector?

According to the World Bank, Qatar’s economy is expected to grow 3% in 2021 and is amongst the fastest growing economies in GCC nations. Qatar is the richest country in the world in terms of per capita income. The country is expected to attract billions of dollars of investments as it is slated to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Qatar will be investing a major part of these investments in the real estate, tourism, and hospitality sector across the GCC nations which will also spur the growth of the UAE economy.

Qatar has been a second home for UAE businesses. They have a long tradition of operating in Qatar as the country offers a significant cost-advantage and access to the consumer base of 2.8 million. 

Here are the top four reasons that make Qatar a Key to Success for UAE Real-estate:

  1. Investments: Prior to the severing of ties in 2016, Qatari investors were amongst the top 10 most active investors in Dubai’s residential market. As per the figures released by Dubai Land Department (DLD), real estate transactions from 2016 exceeded AED 91 billion from 55,928 investors. This included 1,006 investors from Qatar purchasing a property in the emirate. 
  1. Tourism: Qataris have one of the highest spending-power in the world and an affinity towards luxury properties which is expected to underpin stronger demand levels in this market segment. An exponential surge in the inbound tourism in Dubai from corporate and leisure travel from Qatar will have a favorable impact on Dubai’s commercial as well as the residential property market.
  1. Trade: Qatar has huge trade with the UAE. The total trade with the UAE stood at $3.5 billion just before the year the embargo was imposed in 2017.  
  1. Economy: The restoration of relations will also have a profound impact on the UAEs economy. The reopening of Emirati airspace to Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, will attract over a million soccer fans from across the globe which will bring considerable revenue for UAE airline companies and will be a big boost for the real-estate sector as well as for the economy. 

The resolution will also enhance the prospects of optimum utilization of socio-economic benefits of international air connectivity.

The Impact on the UAE Real-estate Sector:  

The real estate sector in the UAE will be the biggest beneficiary from the end of a diplomatic crisis with Qatar as the country is amongst the top investors. It will foster a free flow of capital in the UAEs regional marketplaces.

The industry experts believe that the UAE real estate and infrastructure sector will gain a lot from the deal as Qatar. UAE is expected to witness an exponential surge in its investment as high-spending Qatari tourists which were previously key consumers of UAEs luxury goods and hospitality services are getting ready to spend their fortunes on experiencing UAE’s lifestyle. Furthermore, the move will also open doors for UAE companies to operate in Qatar’s rich market which has one of the highest consumer spendings in the world. The deal will also work wonders for Qatar as it will leverage UAE’s geostrategic to gain wider access to the markets. 

The experts also believe that if things become normal between the two nations, there can be an incremental trade growth of 10% which is indeed a ‘glad tidings’ for the UAE real-estate sector.

5 Technologies that will reshape Real-Estate in 2021

No one can deny a strong bond between the Real-estate Industry and Technology. Technological developments have led to momentous improvements in the functionality of buying & selling platforms. Their operations and accessibilities have become much simpler and user-friendly for everyone associated with the sector. It is now a cakewalk for the landlord to get through to their potential tenants or homeowners and vice-versa. Buying & selling platforms are swiftly and hassle-free, catering to the requirements of every stakeholder, right from a real-estate agent looking to sell a property, to a landlord in search of his dream tenant or prospective homeowner. 

Whether it is for construction purposes, property management, home services, buying, selling or renting, the implementation of technology has drastically revamped the process of interaction for all associated parties. Today technology is touching the lives of everyone associated with the UAE Real- estate industry. In the last decade, technological advancements have impacted every aspect of the sector, with several breakthroughs achieved in the past 4-5 years. 

Here are the top 5 technologies ready to transform the future of the UAE real-estate sector: 


Blockchain technology has worked wonders in supporting cryptocurrency and tokenization. The UAE real-estate head honchos are all set to reap the maximum benefits of tokenization as it facilitates landlords in selling portions of ownership in their properties using the Blockchain technology. Tokenization allows buyers and sellers to prepare real-estate contracts with comprehensive encryption and built-in legitimacy checks. Furthermore, the blockchain ledger feature facilitates the landlords in easy and secure storage of property titles.

Virtual Reality:

In this era of Coronavirus pandemic, Virtual Reality (VR) is making headlines for all good reasons. VR allows the associated parties involved in the sales & purchase of property to take a look at its condition from the comfort of their home. Virtual Reality also facilitates easy implementation of social-distancing norms by curtailing any need of physical visits of the property. Thus, VR protects all the parties involved from being affected by any type of pandemics such as Covid-19, seasonal influenza, or any communicable disease. Some of the other unique benefits of VR include – improved customer experience, personalization, low-cost, global reach and better ROI.

Machine Learning: 

Machine learning (MI) is acting as a panacea for real estate professionals in making a huge business transaction. It allows the top leaders in making smarter investments and real-estate deals that assure optimum utilization of their time & money. The implementation of agile & innovative machine learning software is making it easier to make accurate predictions about the best-selling properties in the coming days, the future price of the property and rent rate, and in calculating the commission’s rate. As per the research conducted by the global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company titled – ‘Getting ahead of the market: How big data is transforming real estate’, machine learning applications designed for the real-estate sector can predict changes in rent rate with 90% accuracy and the changes in other property metrics with 60% accuracy rate.

Artificial Intelligence (AI):

In the last few years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become the heart & soul of the real-estate industry. It is widely incorporated in every application used in the sector for automating tedious tasks. As per the research conducted by professional services firm – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) titled How AI is pushing man and machine closer together, businesses are using artificial intelligence to eliminate repetitive tasks such as scheduling (79%), paperwork (82%), and timesheets (78%).  

The implementation of AI converts raw data into actionable insights to make it easier for all the parties involved to find, view, sell, or purchase properties. Artificial Intelligence has improved user experience several folds by simplifying the decision-making process involved in the property search. AI-powered software recommends the properties to the users based on their preferences such as location, current trends; value, etc. and thus, driving user engagement. Furthermore, the usage of AI-powered Chatbots assists real-estate professionals in swiftly answering the queries of their prospective customers.


5G is all set to revolutionize the real estate industry. It means the fifth generation of wireless technology. 5G is the fastest and most robust technology the world has ever seen. The implementation of 5G is creating truly wireless workplaces and commercial buildings with higher bandwidth. The modern tenants and homeowners are prioritizing security. They prefer to live and work in secured buildings that are protected with advanced cameras and sensors. 

With the help of 5G, it has become easier to connect cameras and sensors and produce high definition images to transmit them instantly anywhere.

Final Words: 

Emerging technologies are streamlining the complex processes of the real-estate sector by creating newfangled platforms to connect buyers, brokers, sellers, and lenders. Amid coronavirus, the real-estate professionals will widely adopt virtual reality (VR) platforms to walk their potential customers and clients through to the properties and in funding upcoming real-estate projects. 

The magnitude of emerging technologies in the real-estate sector has increased at an exponential pace. In the coming years, we will witness a substantial surge in real-estate firms investing their fortunes in developing software applications that most closely predict the future buying and selling trends. This will protect the real-estate sector management from colossal losses incurred due to inaccurate decisions as well as from future uncertainties.

Stuck in Property Handover Delays? Here is All You Need to Know

Finalizing a property management company has never been a cakewalk. It is indeed a rigorous and careful process that requires evaluation of various important factors such as – cost, ROI, expertise, and above all capability and track record of the firm in handing over the keys to the investors on time. In the last few years, there has been an exponential increase in the number of new home handovers in the UAE. This has intensified the competition, with more companies offering handover services. Thus, it becomes more crucial than ever before to critically analyze their offerings and evaluate their strategy to mitigate any sort of property handover delays before selecting the right one.

Kaizen AMS ensures that you don’t regret your decision. We possess almost three-decades of experience in executing a smooth and swift handover process with complete protection of the property and better returns. Ensuring the property gets its best care and stays in good shape always remains the top agenda of our property managers.

What Makes the Handover Process Challenging?

The handover is quite simple and straightforward. However, in many cases, the momentous process of property handover becomes a headache for investors. The key villains are – ineffective management, limited support, and poor customer service offered by the developers. The complex procedures and hidden charges further make the handover norms more difficult to understand for the investors. Several property developers will simply send out the completion notice and demand investors for handover within a month or levy hefty risk penalties. This causes innumerable stress to the overseas investors and to those who have waited for years for the completion due to repeated delays in the construction process. The developers must have a well-defined process in place to minimize the challenges for the investors and avoid any delays in the construction process.

Top Reasons for the Delay:

The key factors responsible for the delay in the handover process are as follows:

Short-term Completion Notice

Once the building construction is completed and achieved the required certification, investors receive a 30-day notice of completion from the developer. During this period, investors are expected to clear all outstanding dues on the property price and other statutory fees to take possession of the unit as the new owners. Several other obligations are also required to be completed before the keys of the property are handed over. The process above looks alluring however it comes with a series of challenges for many investors. It is very frustrating for many investors who have waited for ages to reach this point and are now provided with merely 30 days’ time to stump up the final payments. It is not always easy for the overseas investors to make payments within this short period and also to come to Dubai to complete these final handover formalities. 

Pending Final Payments and Paperwork:

Along with the completion notice from the developer, the investor also receives a handover pack with key details on the completion date and the account statement. The account statement reflects the total amount paid to date as well as the amount due to take possession of the property. The percentage of final payment varies from developer to developer, however, the closing cost remains standard throughout. 

In most cases, the major cause of the delay in the handover process is the pending final payments and the paperwork from the investor’s side. To avoid handover delays, the investor should have paid all the required fees before the handover date of the project, and have submitted the relevant documents to the developer. 

Cancellation of the Project by RERA:

One of the biggest reasons for the delay in the handover process in Dubai is the cancellation of the project by the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA). The projects are canceled by RERA when the land is affected by planning or re-planning projects. In that case, the projects are transferred to the liquidation committee and then to the Dubai Real Estate Court, which handles the settlement of rights and liquidation to purchasers. It is always advisable to check the status of the project timely on the Dubai Land Department website under the tab ‘Project Status’.

Heavy Penalties: 

This stage requires the investor to clear the final balance due on the purchase price of the property, as per the terms and conditions of the sales contract with the developer. Penalties are levied on the account and in case of non-payment by the investor, the developer has a right to apply to the Dubai Land Department for the termination of the unit, depending on the breach of the sales agreement with the investor. It is always advisable to make the payment within the deadline to not risk losing the unit.

Ways to Avoid Delays in the Handover Process:

There are several ways the investors and buyers can implement to minimize the risk of delayed property project handover. 

Conduct Proper Research about the Developer:

It is pivotal to conduct an in-depth and thorough research about the developer before planning to purchase the property. Potential Investors must research the developer’s track record of completing projects and handovers as per schedule. It is certainly wise to talk to other investors and visit the project site to get the real picture of the project. 

Check for the Developer’s Escrow Account: 

As per Law (8) of 2007, it is mandatory for all real estate developers in UAE to have an Escrow Account which is registered with Dubai Land Department (DLD) to sell off-plan units. The investor must ensure that the developer has an Escrow account by visiting the DLD website and searching for the relevant project. All the payments made by the investor to the developer must be deposited in the registered Escrow account.

Check for Necessary Permits:

Before starting dealing with the developer, an investor must ensure that the developer possesses all the requisite permits and approvals from Dubai Land Department to market and sell off-plan properties.

Thoroughly Review the Clauses in the Contract

The potential investor must thoroughly review all the clauses stated in the Sales & Purchase Agreement to protect his interest and rights under any unforeseen circumstances. Before signing the contract, it is important to review whether the developer has mentioned all the provisions and plans to manage any kind of handover delay in the contract.

Check for RERA’s Registration:

Potential investors must check whether the project and the developer are registered with the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) before investing. Mostly the developers which are registered with RERA have a great track record of completing the project handover on time. This information is readily available on the Dubai Land Department website.

The Secret Behind Swift Handover Process at Kaizen 

Kaizen recruits highly professional property inspection experts to carry out all the tasks associated with the handover process. They are highly trained in performing comprehensive checks of each property. Our property inspection experts offer prior notice to the developers on the expected completion date of the project. Post that, Kaizen’s handover team performs rigorous site visits at regular intervals subject to the first notice from the developer on the completion of the project. Later, our Developer & handover team collect information details of the project, client details, DEWA premise numbers & financial reports, and issue invoices to all clients with an outstanding balance. The team is also responsible for preparing the first communication with all clients and notifying them of the Building Completion Certificate (BCC) date. They also provide the expected handover date along with Service Oriented Architecture  (SOA). The Community and Owner’s association team is responsible for preparing clients’ service charge invoices and delivering them at the BCC date. Post that, guidelines are provided within a 30-day notice, and invoices are prepared and sent to clients. Subjected to testing and commissioning completion, the developers deactivate all units’ DEWA accounts. Lastly,, the handover team collects unit keys, access cards, remotes, etc. This process is not only systematic but very cost-effective too and also ensures that the handover process with Kaizen becomes a ‘memory to cherish’ for our investors.

PropTech – An Innovative Way to Conserve Energy & Curtail Cost

Energy prices are soaring at a substantial rate and becoming a cause of concern for global corporations. Not only developing nations, but even developed nations of the European Economic Area and North America are facing the brunt of rising energy prices. The energy prices in Sweden and Norway increased between 20-25%. Denmark, Belgium, and Germany are not far behind. The prices for household electricity were around €30 per 100 kWh in all three EU nations in the second half of 2019. There was an overall increase of 1.7% in the EU in 2019 compared to the previous year. 

The energy prices remain fair in UAE due to the massive subsidies offered by the government. However, these subsidies are costing a fortune to the region and are slowing down the pace of its economic growth. According to the leading consulting firm, Strategy& Middle East, in the last two decades, the Gulf States have spent over US $120 billion on energy subsidies, while in the UAE, the accumulated figure stands between US $7-10 billion. The current pricing structure is not sustainable in the Gulf region and if it continues, the region will incur an extra cost of US $150 billion on energy subsidies. 

The energy prices won’t bring any relief and will continue to surge in the coming days. The efforts are being laid to explore novel solutions for conserving energy and reduce extortionate energy bills. One such solution is PropTech.

PropTech: Meaning and Significance

PropTech is a widely used term for property technology. It commonly refers to leveraging information technology infrastructure to assist corporates and individuals in buying, selling, and managing real estate. PropTech streamlines the real estate sector processes by connecting buyers, brokers, sellers, lenders, and all the parties involved using virtual reality to walk through properties and funding upcoming real-estate projects. PropTech is transforming the small property management firms or businesses in UAE through technology, by changing the way individuals buy, rent, sell, design, construct, and manage residential and commercial properties. The evolution of PropTech is to continue, with several new PropTech initiatives leading the way in UAE such as – smart cities and buildings (Smart Real Estate), the sharing economy, the home building industry (ConTech), and the finance industry (FinTech). ConTech and FinTech are considered to have close ties with the real estate industry.

The Need for PropTech

A vast majority of energy is consumed in office space and they have emerged as a new colossal ecosystem of energy consumptions. According to Green in Future, the buildings account for approximately 40% of global energy consumption. The urge for PropTech can be realized from the fact that around 60% of buildings in the world’s fastest-growing cities are yet to be built by 2050. This will further increase energy consumption by several folds. 

Offices are quite infamous for inefficient use of energy which leads to the wastage of millions of hours of monthly usage and also escalates the energy prices. Extreme climatic conditions are also responsible for raising the consumption of electricity at offices. However, it is crucial to create an environment to monitor the energy consumption of the buildings and undoubtedly, PropTech can play a decisive role in making this happen. The implementation of PropTech is facilitating modern architects in creating eco-friendly buildings and in maximizing the usage of their materials through unique construction designs. PropTech has been instrumental in the development of Green Buildings which minimizes the consumption of energy and also reduces the overall energy cost.

Win-win Game

PropTech is a win-win game for the corporate as well as the developer. It enables the firm to cut the cost and create a brand image of an environment-friendly company. The implementation of green technologies will result in developers gaining ‘Green building certifications’ without hassles, which will assist real-estate firms in targeting elite clients with deeper pockets.

PropTech in Energy Conservation & Cost-reduction

PropTech plays a decisive role in the creation of smart buildings. Smart buildings are the structure that uses technology to automate a building’s operations including lighting, heating, and security. Smart buildings increase efficiency to minimize energy waste. PropTech has also paved the way for the ‘smart city’. The concept of the smart city refers to urban development that integrates information and communication technology (ICT) with IoT solutions to manage a city’s assets such as information systems, schools, transportation, water, and law enforcement, etc. PropTech also facilitates the collection of data to improve the efficiency of urban informatics and technology and in minimizing the energy and operational cost.

PropTech conserves energy by automatically adjusting the lighting, temperature, and ventilation based on the requirements at a particular time. The research suggests the energy expenditure accounts for almost 19% of the total operational cost of a building. For most of the small-scale and medium-size companies, a 10% reduction in energy can positively impact their profitability by 1.5%.

PropTech also curtails building operation costs by almost 18% by fluctuating the ventilation level depending on the number of occupants at a particular time. The retail firms use sensor-based footpath tracking to assist their store managers in effectively planning the staff at a particular time based on the customer flow, adjusting product placements, and managing inventory as per the demand. 

‘Dubai’ Model:

Dubai is indeed a perfect example of a smart city where PropTech has worked wonders in reducing the extensive usage of energy, water, and other important natural resources. Dubai planners have leveraged smart-city technology to redesign the flow of the city. They have closely monitored the noise and air quality by making use of sensors, smart parking, and smart streetlights. Dubai planners have used advanced smart systems to conserve energy and have also partnered with emerging PropTech startups to harvest and conserve energy and data. PropTech solutions available today in Dubai are equipped with agile wireless sensors that are transforming the face and fate of the smart building sector.

KAIZEN Asset Management Services – a Dubai based, top five property management firm in UAE, leverages its decades of collective industry experience in executing energy conservation methods for its clients. We propose unconventional energy-saving initiatives to the clients and ensure that the property operates at the highest level of efficiency to curb operational expenses. 

Capitalizing on its unique capability, energy conservation, and sustainability initiatives, KAIZEN has won the trust vote of the biggest names in the industry such as – Emirates REIT, Meraas Estates, Emaar Properties, Nakheel Properties, Mazaya, Tamniyat, and Constellation Holdings. We ensure the building meets the strict energy regulations as part of a comprehensive sustainability initiative.

Routine Maintenance through IoT

PropTech is backed by advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technology which automatically performs routine maintenance checks to detect malfunctions before they become critical and also alerts the engineering team on the issue. PropTech exercises automated control on the buildings to ensure optimum utilization of energy and space to ensure minimal energy bills.

Minimizes CO2 Emissions

A wide range of newfangled software on PropTech has been launched to assist industry head honchos in efficiently addressing their energy needs and in minimizing the impact of CO2 emissions. The quality of materials used while constructing the building majorly determines the level of CO2 emissions. The PropTech software uses advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) during the building design stage to quickly produce the best and most environment-friendly building design which consumes the least energy and reduces energy bills. The PropTech software also tracks the energy wastage and the impact of the operations on the air quality using agile cloud-based platforms. It delivers quick information to the engineering team when the building exceeds the set environment benchmarks which can also increase its energy consumption and fluctuate the organization’s energy bills.

Final Words:

PropTech is the key factor in minimizing the environmental impact of the building. With rising emission levels and deteriorating environment quality, international governments and environment-safety bodies are incorporating PropTech in their economic decision making. PropTech has not only enabled global corporations in curtailing their energy bills but in avoiding extortionate financial penalties levied by the government for excessive consumption of energy. The effective implementation of PropTech will lead to the development of eco-friendly buildings and minimize the energy consumption of a building by 50-60%. It also assists in combating the retarding effects of global warming. There is an urge for the industry to create accurate value metrics to measure and evaluate the impact of PropTech on energy savings and cost. This will encourage several other firms irrespective of the size, to adopt and embrace it.

Smart Ways for Owner Association Firms to Reduce Service Charges

With the rising impact of Covid-19 on the job market, remuneration, and businesses, property owners in UAE are demanding a reduction in service charges. There has already been a huge payment backlog of service charges, and owner association management firms are navigating the ways to overcome the situation.

A Massive 75% Decline in the Collection of Service Charges:

According to Gulf News – a leading daily English language newspaper published from Dubai – since February 2020, the payment collection of service charges has declined by almost 75% with the majority of the tenants holding Coronavirus responsible for the non-payment. As per the notice issued by Dubai real estate regulator, Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), all such payments should be paid by the tenants to ensure the upkeep and well-being of the community. However, residents have different views altogether. 

Several residents interviewed by Gulf News stated that service charges should be reduced as most of the facilities they pay for under service charges such as gym, pool, tennis or squash courts, sauna, clubs, etc. have been closed due to Covid and not been used. Thus, they should not pay for them. Other tenants stated that the service charges should be reduced on the grounds of an exponential decline in property value. 

Can OAs Reduce the Service Charges?

Technically, It is not feasible for the OAs (owner’s association’s) to reduce the service charges. They are in the stage of distress as the payment backlog piles up. Service charges are an operational cost and have nothing to do with the fluctuations in the prices of property or rental value. The top head honchos of OA firms believe that it is not possible to reduce or waive the service charges as that is the amount that goes towards the upkeep of the properties and cannot be escaped. For instance – the cost of maintaining a swimming pool will remain the same as the quantity and the price for chemicals, cleaning, daily maintenance, labor cost, etc. will remain standard. The same is the case with other facilities. In fact, the Coronavirus pandemic has increased the operational cost for the OAs as their utility bills surged several-fold due to a rise in demand from the residents for increased sanitization and disinfection in a building. 

Thus, OAs are under the impression that they are entitled to collect service charges even if the services are not used by the residents as maintenance and operational cost for them remain fixed.

Best Practices OAs Can Adopt to Reduce Service Charges:

Here are the top ways for owner’s association firms to curtail their service charges:

Focus on Sustainability:

The owner’s association firms must invest significantly in introducing newfangled sustainability programs and energy efficiency initiatives to reduce the overall cost of operations. They can also organize a formal review of the real estate portfolio every year to identify unique ideas for cost savings.

Leveraging Govt. Schemes:

There has been a list of schemes and economic incentives launched by the UAE government on new facilities, space renewal, and capital expenditure. The owner’s association should make the best use of these schemes to minimize the overall operational expenditure.

Releasing Guidelines for Vendors:

OA firms should design and release their guidelines for all vendors that align with their sourcing strategy. This will not only reduce the cost but also add value to the operational process. 

Identifying the ‘Dark Space’:

Owner association firms should identify space in the current portfolio that is not used or under-used, also called ‘dark space’, and work towards eliminating it. This will reduce the operational cost by several folds for the OAs and they can pass the benefit to tenants by reducing their service charges. To achieve this it is of paramount importance for the owners association firms to conduct an energy assessment of each individual site and identify the areas to improve efficiency.

Making the Best Use of Technology:

Owner’s association firms can take advantage of facility technology such as – computer-based maintenance and predictive maintenance techniques to prevent any possibility of equipment damage which involves expensive repairs. They can also use novel software and dashboards to analyze the current usage of existing lighting systems and retrofit lighting fixtures to minimize the cost of energy. Automation of the dashboard will allow OAs in keeping a birds-eye control of the cost incurred and saved and will remove the need for manual reporting.

Effective Benchmarking:

The owner’s association must benchmark their operational cost against their closest competitors to find out the areas of improvement. They must also implement cost benchmarking and competitive bidding techniques to cut down the costs of renovations or fit-outs.

Govt. Initiatives to Reduce Service Charges:

The UAE government has taken a list of measures to minimize the financial burden on tenants and homeowners of properties due to the adverse situation caused by a coronavirus. These initiatives are as follows:

Reduction in Service Charges:

With a core objective to cut down the cost of owning a house in UAE, the Dubai Land Department (DLD) has instructed the Owner Association (OA) firms to closely review all expenses and cut down service charges in Dubai. Furthermore, DLD has decided that any fines on non-paid overdue charges on service fees in Dubai between 2019 to 2020 will also be waived off as part of the plan. Property owners will also be eligible to pay off their service charges via installments.

Reducing the DEWA Utility Bills:

As a part of the AED 1.5 Billion stimulus package to support businesses during the Covid 19 pandemic, the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum has launched an initiative to reduce DEWA utility bills in Dubai. Under the initiative, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has issued a directive to reduce the fuel surcharge for electricity and water. The reductions will be applied to electricity and water bills with effect from December 1, 2020. Fuel surcharge for electricity will be reduced by 23% reduction and for water, the surcharge will be reduced by almost 33 %.

Rent Relief in Dubai:

The developers and landlords have announced rent relief packages in Dubai for their commercial and residential tenants which are adversely impacted by the restrictions from the Covid-19 outbreak. Due to the shutdown of several UAE venues due to the pandemic, landlords of retail and commercial tenants across Dubai have announced rent relief of up to three months for eligible tenants. The initiative was led by Meraas with an AED 1 billion package for commercial tenants at their developments such as City Walk, Bluewaters Island, and La Mer, among others. Al-Futtaim Group also implemented this initiative and unveiled rent relief of up to three months for retailers at Dubai Festival City Mall.

The Future of the UAE Property Market under Biden’s Presidency

A thrilling win of Former US Vice President and the President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 US Presidential elections is perceived as a panacea for the UAE economy which is currently battling with Covid-19. Banking their hopes on the next ‘World Leader’, the head honchos of the UAE property sector have announced billions of Dirhams of new construction projects. The industry looks confident of the promising growth in 2021 and in years to come.

The two biggest news of the year 2020 – Mr. Joe Biden’s win in the US Presidential elections and the approval of Covid-19 vaccines from pharmaceutical firm Pfizer will have a profound impact on the UAE real-estate sector. The glimpse of the positive impact of Biden’s win on the UAE Property market was very evident from two macro-metrics i.e. a 15% rise in the price of Brent crude and a 10% fall in the US Dollar Index from its March 2020 safe haven peak. The gurus of the UAE property sector have given their trust vote to the predictions of robust growth of the sector under Joe Biden’s presidential term between 2021 to 2024.

President-elect Biden has shown a strong commitment towards working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the infection. The development & distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine both in the US and internationally is expected to get impetus under Biden’s Presidency, which will enable the world to swiftly overcoming the after-effects of the pandemic. This is indeed a positive sign for the UAE economy as well as for its real-estate sector which has already lost billions of dollars of investment to the pandemic due to the postponement of the World Expo 2020 to next year.

Biden May Unwind China Trade War in Favor of UAE:

President-elect Joe Biden can take a strong stance on China, however, is expected to reverse most of the superfluous protectionist methods implemented by the Trump government. The top agenda of Biden’s government will focus on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), forced transfer of technology, and a rising trade deficit of the US with China. The political pundits predict that until the US economy overcomes the catastrophic effects of Covid-19, the Biden government may unwind the China trade war in favor of a return to global growth. This will indeed be a ‘glad tiding’ for the UAE economy which relies heavily on global trade. The UAE economy will be benefited from its economic ties with both China and the US. The economy will also lead to a surge in investments in the UAE real-estate sector which will arise from policy changes under the Biden government and the approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

Biden’s Win Will Foster International Investments in Dubai Property Market:

US President-elect Joe Biden’s win has spur optimism in the UAE property sector with several elite investors lining up to invest in the Dubai property market. A vast majority of investments are coming from the Indian & Lebanese expats, who are buying villas at the prime locations of Dubai. According to the figures released by the Department of Land and Property in the first week of November 2020, Dubai has recorded a total of USD 789.5m (AED2.9bn) in real estate and property transactions. A total of 854 apartments and villas were sold for USD 405.66 million (AED1.49 billion) and 44 plots were sold for USD 48 million (AED176.48 million). The total number of transactions crossed 1,241 in the first week of November 2020. As per the report, the Properties developed by some of the prestigious clients of Kaizen AMS i.e. – Emirates REIT, Meraas Estates, Emaar Properties, Al Fattan, Mazaya, Tamniyat, and Constellation Holding topped the overall sales charts.

UAE Property Sector to Benefit from Weak Dollar:

Despite taking several revolutionary measures to revive the US economy from the most difficult times (such as – global financial crisis in 2008-09),  the former US President – Barrack Obama and his Vice President Mr. Joe Biden has always been under fire for poorly managing the value of the US dollar in terms of other international currencies.  The US Dollar witnessed its all-time low value under the leadership of Barrack Obama-Joe Biden administration. Several Wall Street and Federal Bank economists predict that until the foreseeable near future, the value of the US dollar will continue to diminish under Biden’s term as the US President.

A weak dollar will give a stimulus to international tourism in the UAE and other emerging markets, resulting in the exponential surge in the demand for accommodation. Real-estate firms will increase the construction of more residential skyscrapers, hotels, etc. to cater to the requirements of the global tourists, which will attract significant investments to the sector.

Biden’s Presidency is a New Hope to ‘Abraham Accord’ Treaty:

President-elect Joe Biden has been instrumental in stabilizing the US relations with the Middle East and Africa in his term as the Vice President of the US between 2009 to 2017. The political experts believe that Biden’s presidency will be a big boost for the ‘Abraham Accord treaty’ between Israel and the UAE which has been inching toward normalization in recent years. The treaty aimed at establishing peaceful, diplomatic, and friendly relations, co-operation, and full normalization of ties between the two nations. As a result of the Abraham Accord treaty, Israeli athletes have participated in regional competitions in the UAE which has improved the relations between the two nations. From the business perspective, the treaty has encouraged Israel to take part in Dubai’s World Expo next year which will attract billions of dollars of investment from Israel’s companies into the UAE economy with the real-estate sector expected to be one of the biggest beneficiaries. The World Expo 2020 is now scheduled to take place in October 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Final Words:

Biden’s government agenda revolves around every key topic which has a direct or indirect impact on the fortunes of the UAEs real-estate sector such as – climate change, renewable energy, small caps, and infrastructure. Joe’s strong commitment towards coordinating with the WHO for faster development, distribution of cost-effective vaccines for Covid-19, and strengthening ties with emerging economies, are perceived as silver lining by the UAE Property sector experts.

UAE Approves 100% Ownership of Businesses by Expats – What’s the Impact?

In another historic decision, the UAE Cabinet enacted the long-anticipated Foreign Direct Investment law (FDI Law). The laws are intended to liberalize the onshore legal ownership regime and foster a favorable business climate for foreign investors. The widely discussed reforms were approved by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Focus Area:

The new FDI law amends 51 articles and added new ones with a prime focus on the regulation of provisions of forming companies with limited liability shareholding. The amendments exempt expatriate investors from the minimum percentage ownership of UAE nationals. The FDI law will allow UAE to leverage a fertile legislative environment for the establishment of businesses with an objective to improve the UAE’s competitiveness.

How Do New FDI Laws Impact the Emirati Population?

The FDI laws are positive news for the UAE population where every 8th person out of 10 is an immigrant, and they long had their ownership capped at 49% in firms outside free zones. Several other legal amendments were also passed which removed the quotas requiring Emiratis to hold the majority of board positions and serve as chairs for onshore companies. Companies interested in being publicly traded can now sell up to 70% of their shares instead of the current 30% limit. The experts believe that these amendments will diminish the appeal of 45 “free” zones across the UAE, and attract those wanting to avoid local-hiring quotas and retain full foreign ownership.

The cent percent ownership by foreign nationals of companies licensed and registered in the UAE is allowed as per Cabinet Resolution No. 16 of 2020. In the last few years, individual emirates allowed foreign national owned companies to acquire the remaining stakes on a case by case basis. The new FDI laws substantially extend the scope. However, the new laws are also considered to be a massive blow to the long-established rentier benefits for Emirati citizens as a wide majority of them made their living as figurehead company partners.

Effective date:

The FDI law came into effect as of December 1, 2020. The foreign ownership amendments can come into effect within six months. Possibly, the companies can also take up to a year to begin complying with the new changes.

What was the Trigger?

The primary objective behind the introduction of FDI Laws and other revolutionary measures taken by the UAE government recently is to revive the economy from the disruptions caused by Covid-19. The global pandemic has postponed high-profile events, such as the ‘World Expo’ – 2020’ to next year which has aggravated the situation for the UAE economy as the government already spent billions of dollars in organizing the event. The World Expo-2020 was supposed to be attended by 25 million visitors. 

To overcome the catastrophic impacts of these disruptions, the UAE government has started offering significant relaxations to the Islamic legal code, Cohabitation laws, and restriction on alcohol consumption from the beginning of November 2020. The introduction of these measures will have a fruitful impact on the national competitiveness of the UAE.

The presidential decree which amends the corporate law will enable UAE to strengthen its position globally as one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world for global corporations. According to the new FDI regime, several categories of business licenses will no longer require Emiratis as sponsors with 51% shareholding rights as of December 1, 2020. 

Impact of FDI Laws on the UAE Real Estate Sector:

The Foreign Direct Investment law will allow foreign investors 100% ownership of businesses. In simple terms, now foreign investors and entrepreneurs can establish their own companies without involving local shareholders. These reforms are expected to be a game-changer for the investment landscape. Experts believe that FDI reforms will attract substantial investments to the UAE and spur the growth of the real-estate sector. There will be an exponential rise in the investments in the real-estate sector which will bring additional revenues, result in job creation and economic growth.

The triumph of the real-estate sector also means a positive impact on the businesses of property management firms like Kaizen AMS. The company is amongst the top 20 property management firms in the UAE, providing professional, newfangled, and end-to-end solutions in Property Management, Community Management, Owner Affairs, Unit Management, and Handover Services to some of the biggest real-estate brands such as – Emirates REIT, Meraas Estates, Emaar Properties, Al Fattan, Mazaya, Tamniyat, and Constellation Holdings. Kaizen AMS is a proud winner of several prestigious industry awards including the most recent  Superbrands 2018, Gulf Real Estate Awards 2018 for ‘Best Employer in Real Estate’ and ‘Best Consultancy in Real Estate’.