How to choose the right commercial property in Abu Dhabi |

Abu Dhabi is an attractive global hub that promotes economic diversification, empowers global talent and supports the emirate’s sustainable development. The city has witnessed a surge of investors lately due the fact that free zones started introducing attractive pricing schemes for new start-up businesses to boost economic growth. For instance, on 22 August 2021, Masdar City launched three business license packages, with the least costly option set at AED 1,000 (USD 273) only. Thus, it is quite profitable to invest in commercial property in Abu Dhabi, while the business environment is getting back on its feet. The process of renting or buying this kind of real estate may seem a little bit tricky regarding the legislative system of the emirate, however we will walk you through all aspects of commercial property in Abu Dhabi, so you will be able to make the right choice.

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Before 2019, foreign investors in Abu Dhabi were granted leasehold arrangements with a maximum 99-year period. However, this rule was amended through a royal decree, as foreign investors are eligible for freehold ownership of the property in the designated investment zones. These are as follows:

  • Yas Island
  • Saadiyat Island
  • Reem Island
  • Maryah Island
  • Lulu Island
  • Al Raha Beach
  • Masdar City
  • Sayh Al Sedairah
  • Al Reef
  • Masdar City
  • Al Falah
  • Fahed Island
  • Hidd Al Saadiyat
  • Al Jurf
  • Jubail Island
  • Nurai Island
  • Al Shamkha.

In freehold titles, the investor has complete control over the property unit and the land. Owners can make changes to the structure and renovate it as they see fit, as well as sell or lease the property at their own discretion. Moreover, the freehold contract is applicable in perpetuity and when the owner passes away, the property can be inherited.

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