The Dubai Court of Cassation has set a new legal principle that any property that is purchased in the emirate has to be registered with the Land Department for it to be deemed legal.
The legal principle was issued after the court heard a case regarding a plot of land that was purchased, but not registered. The dispute was between the heirs of an owner of a plot of land in the Khawaneej area and a man who purchased the land from their late father in 1989, but had failed to register the contract with the Land Department in Dubai.
The heirs told the court that the 100,000 square feet of land was given to their father by the Dubai Ruler and was registered in his name. The land was also registered in their names at the Land Department.
The buyer seized part of the land where a factory has been built.
The Land Department referred the dispute to Dubai Court, which rejected the suit. The heirs appealed the verdict and the Court of Appeal approved the appealed verdict. The heirs challenged the ruling at the Court of Cassation.
The court ruled that the buyer evict the plot of land and hand it over to the heirs empty.