Granted lands, homes cannot be sold in Fujairah

Heirs will need to get approvals to inherit such property

The emirate of Fujairah

FUJAIRAH 13 April, 2017: H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, has issued Law No. 1 of 2017 banning disposal of plots and homes granted by government or built by the government within the emirate.

The new law is effective from the date of issuance.

The first article states that beneficiaries, landlords and their heirs may not transfer the ownership of granted property to any other party.

Any disposal of granted property that violates the provisions of this law shall be rendered null and void and shall have no standing in any litigation against the government and other involved parties.

The article, however, states one exception: that, for the sole purpose of getting funds for constructing buildings on such lands, landlords may mortgage their lands as a security upon approval from the emirate’s municipal authorities.

Inheritance Approval

According to the second article, and in the event of the owner’s death, ownership of his property may be transferred to heirs only through an official orders from the concerned court, said Wam.

Non-Emirati heirs may continue to use the property until they reach the age of majority if they are males, or marry if they are females, or receive UAE citizenship.

According to the third article, any disposal made prior to the issuance of this law without being adequately registered, shall not be considered legal or effective unless a relevant request was approved by the municipality.

The fourth article names Fujairah Municipality, Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality, and its committees for residential land affairs within its jurisdiction, as the competent authorities for enforcing this law.

By Rajive Singh