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New good conduct certificates will help landlords evaluate tenants

Dubai Rental Disputes Centre (RDC) has launched a Rental Good Conduct (RGC) certificate service designed to reduce disputes between tenants and landlords.

From the property owner’s perspective, it could help to identify tenants who may have had problems honouring rental cheques in the past.

The new service implements the initiatives offered by the centre to reduce rental disputes and was initiated following the monitoring of several cases where a tenant rents a unit and only pays the first installment of the agreed total cost,” said HE Judge Abdulqader Mousa, Director of RDC.

At the end of the contract, the same person rents another unit and repeats the act in other properties, exposing the leaser to severe losses. This service will assist real estate management companies in finding rental information of a person they intend to contract with and avoid such mishaps.”

You can access the service by downloading the RDC application from the Apple Store or Google Play, and choosing one of three options: inquiry on tenant, inquiry on leaser or inquiry on request status.

As well as helping property owners, the service would also alert tenants to potentially problematic landlords. Tenants can also find out if there is a complaint against them, a situation that can result in travel bans or account seizures.

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Lootah Real Estate breaks ground on The Edge

Lootah Real Estate Development has broken ground on The Edge, a low rise development in Dubai Investment Park.

Set for delivery in Q1 2020, The Edge will be a G+5+Rooftop residential building, made up of 103 units comprising studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Located in the Ewan Residences development, in the heart of Dubai Investment Park, the area will feature amenities such as landscaped gardens, a recreation centre, swimming pools, jogging tracks, a shopping centre and play areas for children.

Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Executive Director of Lootah Real Estate Development said: “We are pleased to officially begin construction of ‘The Edge’ residential building, our latest addition to the safe family friendly Ewan community. As one of the leaders in innovation in the real estate development sector, we stay true to our promise by providing our clients premium quality and affordability on all our projects along whilst keeping on top of the latest development trends.

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Dubai property brokers made USD 229 million in the first nine months of 2018

Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced that property brokers in Dubai made commissions worth USD 229 million (AED842 million) in the first nine months of 2018.

A total of 18,121 transactions were carried out during the period between January and September.

Research compiled by the Department of Real Estate Studies and Research of Dubai Land Department showed brokers making AED 429 million from land sales, AED 73 million from building sales, and AED 340 from residential sales.

Yousif Al Hashimi, deputy CEO of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), said: “Brokers play an important role in attracting international investors to Dubai’s real estate market, highlighting the market’s unique characteristics.

“DLD developed a comprehensive system to protect the rights of brokers in every successfully concluded transaction between the selling and buying parties. Brokers are among our most important partners, especially as they exercise their duties with the highest degree of honesty and integrity while adhering to the procedures and standards set by DLD.”

The number of accredited permits issued by DLD to real estate brokers totalled 4,686.

Dubai’s property market has been softening recently, with sale prices and rental rates falling year on year.

According to Chestertons’ Q3 2018 Observer, average apartment and villa prices were down 6% in Dubai in Q3 compared with the previous quarter. Average rents declined at a lower rate, down 4% in Q3 compared with Q2.

The fall in values is a result of additional supply coming to the market, giving buyers and tenants more choice.

Around 10,000 units are expected to be delivered before the end of the year and 70,000 units before Expo 2020. This pipeline of new supply should help to keep sales and rental rates under control.

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Apartments with clear views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain now on sale

Emaar is offering an opportunity to snap up apartments in Downtown Dubai with unobstructed views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain.

The developer has put an unspecified number of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units in its forthcoming Burj Royale development on sale.

Burj Royale has been designed as an extension of the Old Town neighbourhood with several hotels including Address Downtown, Vida Downtown and Manzil Downtown nearby. Residents can also step out onto Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.

According to Emaar, “prices of premium apartments in Downtown Dubai are extremely competitive compared to similar developments in global cities.”

The estimated completion date is October 31, 2022. Buyers must pay ten regular instalments of 5%, with 50% due on completion.

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Here’s How Dubai Landlords Can Decorate For Success

These top tips from The Big Fitout will save you time and money on the renovation of your rented property in Dubai!

When you’re leasing your Dubai properties out, you want to attract the best renters at a minimal cost. And interior design plays a big part in that.

You need to appeal to what individuals and families will want in a home, but you don’t want to pay for upgrades that will cost you more money and headaches than they’re worth. To do this, you’ll need to choose trendy-looking interior design options that are also affordable.

RELATED: Ready for some home improvements? Renovate your home VAT-free with The Big Fitout! Just use discount code YALLA5 on enquiry!

Before you dive head-first into an endless home-improvement project, have a look at these top tips from The Big Fitout, a Dubai-based, British, design-and-build fitout company. The Big Fitout specialises in bathroom and kitchen renovations and has an amazing portfolio of work on residential villas (as the pictures here show). As a result, the team really know their stuff, so it’s worth taking their advice on board before jumping in at the deep end.

Let’s get to it.

Maximise Storage

Renters are always concerned about storage space. Having enough storage becomes even more of a concern with smaller rental properties. So you’ll want to do everything possible to make your interior appear like it contains sufficient storage options.

Kitchen Cabinets: You’ll want to make sure that enough storage exists in the kitchen, even when the area has limited square footage. To do this, install cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling. This option will draw attention upward, which will make the room feel higher and the kitchen will appear more spacious. You’ll also gain a lot of extra storage space that renters will appreciate. They can store things that they need but don’t use a lot on the higher shelves, and their more used items can go on the lower shelves.

Closets: To maximise storage in closets, install closet organisers. Such a feature will immediately impress any potential renters. With an organiser, you can store a lot more clothing because you don’t waste as much space. Always utilise every inch of room available. For closets that only have one shelf, with a lot of room between that shelf and the ceiling, consider installing one or two additional shelves. Even if the top tier is only accessible with a stool, most people will still appreciate the extra storage.

Bookcases: One great way to increase storage is to install one or more floor-to-ceiling bookcases. Such units add style and space to any property. When designed with a combination of open shelving as well as closed-door cabinetry, renters can store a variety of items in the bookcases. They can display reading material and knick-knacks on the open shelves while hiding files, software, tablets, household supplies, or anything else behind the closed doors.

SEE ALSO: Ready for some home improvements? Renovate your home VAT-free with The Big Fitout! Just use discount code YALLA5 on enquiry!

Chic and Durable Products

When deciding what types of products to include in a rental property – such as flooring, countertops, and lighting fixtures – you need to choose items that look great and are also durable. You want to appeal to renters’ tastes, but you shouldn’t have to be replacing or repairing things constantly.

Flooring: An excellent option for flooring is to use vinyl planks that look like real wood. Renters will love the look of wood and will consider it an upgrade from the raw tile that’s often seen in Dubai. Plus, vinyl planks are less expensive than tile or hardwood, and they’re pretty durable. Vinyl planks are also water resistant, which is a great feature and means that they can also be installed in kitchens and bathrooms to provide a seamless look for the interior. Vinyl planks come in a variety of colors to choose from, and you can select the quality that you want. The high-quality styles are more costly, but also more durable.

Countertops: For rental properties, especially mid-range rentals, laminate countertops are a good option. They’re less expensive and easy to install. Because renters may scoff at not getting a more expensive counter, choose a high-quality laminate that resembles marble or granite for the best look. You can also opt for ceramic tiles, which are easily replaceable when damaged. Choose a dark grout to hide dirt and stains, because light-colored grout is almost impossible to keep clean.

Lighting Fixtures: When choosing lights for your rental property, choose fixtures that are flush mounted to the ceiling where you can. This type of design is more durable, which means that it’s less likely to break and need replacing. In the dining area, you’ll want a chandelier or pendant lighting. Stay away from crystal or anything with dangles, which can be ripped off. Opt for something in wrought iron for a traditional look or a sleek-looking chrome fixture for a modern look.

Neutral Colours

Because you’ll want to appeal to the most substantial number of renters, you’ll want to stay with neutral paint, cabinet, and countertop colours. Renters are then free to add their favourite colours with furnishings and other decor items.

White: The safest and least expensive choice is always white. This colour fits in with any decor style, so it should appeal to everyone. Various shades of white exist, so you can choose one that has a creamy tone, something ultra bright, or even opt for an antique white. Use it on the walls, for your bathroom and kitchen cabinetry, and as the base colour for your countertops.

Beige: If you want to include something with a bit of colour, beige is an excellent choice. Beige tones will blend in well with vinyl plank flooring. Beige-toned cabinetry will add warmth to your kitchen and bathrooms. A mixture of beige tones will also look lovely for your countertops. Or, mix white and beige tones for a chic look. Stay with white walls and create a beige accent wall in the bedroom or living room. Also, white cabinets matched with beige countertops are a trendy-looking choice that renters will love.

Grey: Light and medium grey tones are a popular choice nowadays for renters. Consider very light grey for the walls and a darker grey for your countertops. You can even select vinyl planks with a grey tone for your flooring. Medium grey paint looks marvellous on an accent wall, such as in the dining area. White and grey paired together also produce a fabulous look such as light grey wall paint, white kitchen cabinets, and laminate counters that resemble marble in white with grey veining.

You can create a beautiful interior for your rental property without spending an excessive amount of money. By combining trendy looks with affordable materials, you’ll attract the best renters that will result in an excellent return for all of your efforts.

Ready for some home improvements? Renovate your home VAT-free with The Big Fitout! Just use discount code YALLA5 on enquiry!

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Check Out RAK Properties’ Marbella Villas This Weekend

RAK Properties is holding a launch event for Marbella Villas, a new luxury residential project, on Friday, September 14.

Marbella Villas will be located on Hayat Island in Ras Al Khaimah and will offer a mix of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom villas and townhouses.

According to the developer’s web site, Hayat Island will feature around 2,500 apartments, 238 townhouses and 521 luxury hotel rooms and this new development will presumably add more to that mix.

Two residential communities have already been announced on Hayat Island: Northbay Residences, offering beachfront apartments, and Verde, offering three and four-bedroom villas/townhouses.

The launch event for Marbella Villas takes place at Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah, Dubai and starts at 1.00pm.

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Azizi Developments To Show Off Healthcare City Project This Weekend

Azizi Developments will hold a sales event this weekend for Fawad Azizi Residence, a planned freehold project in Dubai Healthcare City.

Fawad Azizi Residence will offer 396 apartments made up of studios and one and two bedroom units spread over 17 floors.

The developer says the AED 342 million building will feature a glass facade, landscaped gardens, gymnasium, swimming pool, retail areas and covered parking. It offers direct access to Al Khail road and Oud Metha road.

The event takes place at Sky Bubble (Level 7), Meydan Hotel Dubai, between 10:00am and 10:00pm on Saturday, September 8th.

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Meraas Launches Port De La Mer, First Residential Community At La Mer

Meraas has unveiled Port de La Mer, a new residential neighbourhood at La Mer, a leisure area located next to Dubai Marine Beach Resort.

With a Mediterranean theme, the freehold development will include apartments and a 192-berth ‘superyacht’ marina.

La Mer includes a water park, shops and dining areas and retains part of the public beach that used to cover the area prior to its redevelopment. Port de la Mer will offer a mix of apartments, ranging from one to four bedrooms, with sea views.

“In line with a focus on developing enriching living experiences and environments, as outlined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in the Dubai Plan 2021, Meraas is committed to creating places where families can come together to share and enjoy more of the things that they love,” said HE Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas.

“This journey ultimately begins in communities where people have an opportunity to make a home and a life for themselves, and is essential for Dubai as the city strives to set a global benchmark for happiness and positivity.”

Work is already underway on the first properties at Port de La Mer in an area called La Côte, which will feature around 400 apartments.

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8 Ways To Renovate Your Kitchen In The UAE

These top tips from The Big Fitout will save you time and money on your kitchen renovation in Dubai.

The kitchen is the heart of any home, so it’s little wonder that UAE residents want their kitchens to be at their very best.

Indeed, according to mortgage and home finance experts in Dubai, the most popular home improvements for new homeowners are carried out in the kitchen. Some local banks even advise setting aside additional budget for kitchen improvements when saving up for a deposit on a new home.

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Either way, if you’re going to renovate your kitchen, it pays to do your research ahead of time. That’s why we’ve asked The Big Fitout, a Dubai-based, British, design-and-build fitout company, for its take on how to do kitchen renovations properly.

The Big Fitout specialises in kitchen and bathroom renovations, and has an amazing portfolio of work on residential villas – as you can see from these pictures. As a result, the team really know their stuff, so it’s worth taking their advice on board before jumping in at the deep end.

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Hire a professional

You may be tempted to take the DIY route, but a professional will always do a better job. Ideally, you want a company that will understand the look and feel that you want from your kitchen, and then create a design that fits the brief. Opt for someone who’s willing to show you in-depth designs and 3D models before the renovation has even begun, and has demonstrated an ability to follow through on those designs with previous projects.

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Have a plan and stick to it

This is where having a professional on board really pays dividends. If your designing and 3D modelling is done correctly, you’ll have the perfect blueprint for a brand-new kitchen. And you’ll know exactly how much the renovation will cost, what materials you’ll need, the sort of labour you’ll be using, and how long the whole thing will take. Deviating from the plan is how many projects turn sour, so it’s worth spending a little bit of extra time (and money if necessary) to get this part right.

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Make the most of your space

This is kind of an obvious one – and something you’d hope your professional fitout firm would manage. But you’d be surprised at how many kitchens suffer from wasted space. Work out what you use in your kitchen, and how often, and plan the space around that. Perhaps you’re often cooking for four people or more, in which case you’ll need easy access to larger pots and utensils. Or maybe your kitchen is less about cooking, and more about relaxing, in which case you’ll need comfortable seating and plenty of surface space. Either way, it’s worth noting down how you use your kitchen from day to day and working out where improvements can be made.

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What’s on the island?

The island is often a major feature in any kitchen remodel, but to really create a kitchen island you love, you’ll need to work out what you’ll most likely use it for. Will it be a place to eat quick meals, or will it be your main cooking station? If it’s both, you’ll need to ensure there’s enough space between the dining area of the island and the cooktop. Go over some options with your fitout company and work out what would suit your family best.

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Do you need all of that storage?

It’s always great to have a lot of storage available, but if your kitchen features five cupboards that are pretty much empty, it’s clear you don’t need as much storage as you’ve got. Consider rearranging the storage to create free blocks of space that could be put to better use. Maybe you could trade a few empty cupboards for some much-needed surface space. Or, if the opposite is true, and your kitchen is overflowing, have some more cupboards put into the design of your new kitchen.

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Materials matter

If you’ve always dreamt of a kitchen in which every surface is made of luxurious marble, you’ll probably be disappointed to hear that such a thing won’t come cheap. Thankfully, there are plenty of other amazing materials to work with that won’t break the bank. Set your budgets, and your fitout company will be able to come up with an amazing design for the price you want to pay.

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Don’t scrimp on fitted appliances

We get it, fitted appliances are just cool. But they’re not so great when the fridge door won’t sit flush against the cupboard, or when the dishwasher goes and your maintenance man can’t access it. When it comes to fitted appliances, it pays to spend a little bit on both high-quality white goods and high-quality workmanship. That way you won’t see any of the usual drawbacks further down the line.

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Use light to make your small kitchen bigger

If your kitchen isn’t quite as big as you’d like it to be, you can still create an inviting and comfortable space out of it. In smaller spaces, you’ll want to use light colour schemes and materials, as darker colours tend to close the space off even further. Clever design paired with plenty of light will mean you’ll never want to leave your new kitchen. Cosy, rather than small, is what you want.

Ready for some home improvements? Renovate your home VAT-free with The Big Fitout! Just use discount code YALLA5 on enquiry! 

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First Dubai Creek Harbour Residences Ready By 2019

Emaar has announced that it has made significant progress on the first phase of Dubai Creek Harbour, and that the first residents of the mega-development should be able to move in by 2019.

Dubai Creek Harbour covers six square kilometres, and will be home to The Tower, slated to be the new tallest building in the world when it’s completed.

Ahead of that, though, there’ll be plenty of properties made available around Dubai Creek Harbour, the first of which is Creek Island Dubai, the area’s flagship district. Within that, sitsthe Riviera-style Creek Marina district, which will be open to the public by “early 2019”, Emaar said.

Initially, there’ll be six residential towers containing 872 homes. All will provide panoramic views of Downtown Dubai, according to Emaar.

Once completed, Creek Island Dubai is expected to home 33,500 residents, and contain shops, restaurants and leisure attractions. There’ll also be a yacht club and a promenade, plus a hotel styled on marina-type hotels in Singapore and Shanghai.

The island will be connected to the mainland by three bridges.

On the mainland, near the mangroves of the Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary, is where The Tower is being constructed. The centerpiece of Dubai Creek Harbour, foundation work has already begun on the building, with 170,000 cubic metres of soil having been excavated.