Dubai Land Department’s administrative decisions and judicial review

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In a recent Dubai court judgment, the court ruled in the appeal filed by the attorney-general that, in the event of a claim from the land developer against the purchaser, the role of the Land Department is merely conciliatory to propose suitable solutions for the parties in order to reach an amicable settlement.

Unless the parties mutually agree to terminate the sale agreement, only courts can issue final decisions to terminate agreements between real-estate developers and purchasers.

The first respondent in this case, a real-estate investment company, initiated legal action before the Dubai Court of First Instance seeking a court order against a real-estate agent (the third respondent) to refund the sum paid to the latter as instalments of the purchase price for two real-estate units located in the Water Front living project. The legal action was filed on the ground that the third respondent failed to register the unit as required by the law…

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