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Laws and Rules

The UAE has announced sweeping new reforms to allow 100 percent foreign ownership in companies and long-term residence visas for skilled and creative employment categories. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will reinforce the UAE’s position as a top destination for international investors and global talent.

Dubai Property Laws
  • Property ownership in Dubai.
  • Freehold Law in Dubai.
  • Leasehold Law for Dubai Properties.
  • Inheritance Law in Dubai.
  • Inheritance Law in Dubai.
  • Sharia Law and Property in Dubai.
  • 100% ownership | Currently, a foreign investor can own 100 per cent of a business only in a free zone and not in the mainland. But as per the new announcement, foreigners will soon be able to own 100 per cent of the business outside free zones.Investor will be required to invest over Dh1 million to be eligible.
Dubai Visa Rules
  • 10-year-residence visa for investors, specialists, doctors, engineers, researchers, scientists, creative people, and their families | It would issue 10-year visas for professionals and investors and will also allow 100 per cent foreign ownership in mainland companies as part of reforms to attract the best talent available in the world and also to lure foreign direct investment into the country.
  • Five-year visa for students in the UAE 10-year residence visa for top students.
  • 10-year residence visa for top students.
  • 100 percent ownership for international investors
  • Student visa | One-year visas will be given to students after Grade 12 or those who have completed their university studies. The visa is renewable for another year. Parents will need to deposit Dh5,000 to avail of the visa.
  • Transit visa | Transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours.