'More projects to be cancelled in 2011'

115 projects already cancelled: Rera CEO

Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera) has cancelled 115 projects that existed only as architects’ drawings, but “less than ten” projects upon which construction had started, the agency CEO has said.

“Since the financial crisis, Rera had cancelled 115 projects that existed only as architects’ drawings, but “less than ten” projects upon which construction had started,” Marwan Bin Ghalita told Arabian Business.

He was also quoted as saying, “Many construction projects in Dubai that look unlikely ever to be finished will be cancelled in 2011.”

“You will see a lot of cancellations [in 2011] for projects that have no benefit for Dubai or for the investor.... If a project is not feasible for Dubai’s economy, it will be cancelled. And owners will have the right to know it… Yes, there will be cancellations… If a project does not add to Dubai’s economy, it will be cancelled.”

Rera had spent 2010 assessing the health of the emirate’s real estate sector and was now ready to act, he said.

“Now, the end of 2010, I have clear picture of all the projects here in Dubai…. Now it is clear on my dashboard to see what project will go ahead, which project is in ICU, which project is in the emergency room, which project is fine. And this is the way we will classify projects here in Dubai. Green, emergency, ICU, dead. This is the way we have worked for the whole of 2010.”

Asked why so few projects upon which work had started had been cancelled until now, Ghalita said: “It is in the process. It is in the process of evaluating and cancelling. It is in the process. It is in the process of cancelling.”

He added: “Cancelling a project is easy for Marwan. But I always think about the investor, what are they going to do? Imagine yourself as a regulator, in this situation. Cancelling a project is going to be music to your ears, because cancelling projects means reducing supply. Reducing supply is good for the real estate market. So cancelling aproject is my wish. But I don’t cancel for the sake of cancellation… What do I do, if I cancel. Where I will throw the problem? If I cancel a project that started? Where am I going to throw all the 500 investors? To the court.”

Earlier in September, the Government of Dubai’s bond prospectus said around 307 property projects of the 980 registered projects were expected to get completed in the due course.

 

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