The UAE government has blocked property evictions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to safeguard the interests of business owners and tenants impacted by the restrictions from the Covid-19 outbreak. According to the latest directive from the UAE government, residents in Dubai and Abu Dhabi who are having trouble keeping up with rent due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are exempt from eviction. The directive is in line with the government’s keenness to mitigate the financial impact on tenants caused by the current situation in the cities.
According to the Dubai Media Office, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, has suspended all commercial and residential eviction judgments in the city during March and April.
Following soon after, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, High Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan instructed the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to temporarily cease all current rental eviction cases for two months. The suspension extends to related executive procedures like blocking of bank accounts, imprisonment, seizure of assets, stocks and vehicles.
The new rental directive comes at a time when other emirates in the UAE have adopted similar incentives for property occupants.
It’s also part of a series of measures by the UAE government to alleviate the financial burden brought on by the halting of business activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent example is the renewal of work permits for labourers for workers whose residence visas and work permits have expired. For the latest news on the UAE’s response to the pandemic, check out our guide on the coronavirus pandemic in the UAE. For a start, see how the UAE coronavirus economic stimulus package may help the government address the threat.
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