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Say goodbye to red tape in Dubai building permits


Downtown Dubai is shrouded in early morning fog on May 12, 2013. Naufal MQ/Shutterstock

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Property development is set to be easier than ever in Dubai as officials seek to streamline building permit procedures in the emirate.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai, approved this week a three-pronged strategy to easing business further for real estate developers, contractors, consultants, and owners in the city-state, in a move welcomed by local press as a “big leap forward.” 

The strategy calls for more expedient granting of building permits, eliminating red tape and culminating in the provision of a one-stop-shop for applicants. The Emirati government will also be looking into the unification of systems and requirements for permits, including the creation of a more comprehensive set of building regulations for customers. 

The Dubai Committee for Building Permit Procedures Development was established in February to research the feasibility of the new processes. The committee has formed four research units to study different aspects of the building permit scheme, which includes the development of an electronic system through which stakeholders can track the status of their permit applications, among other capabilities. 

The new scheme is in line with the Emirati government’s vision of making the city-state even more competitive as a global investment destination, said committee head Daoud Abdul Rahman Al Hajri.  

The UAE placed at number 26 on the World Bank’s Doing Business 2017 index. 

Demand for office, retail and industrial space in the country fell in the three months to June, the seventh consecutive quarter of decreases, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' latest UAE Commercial Property Monitor, issued Sunday.

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