A new court set up to deal with property cases will sit for the first time next Monday, a senior official has revealed.
The Property Court will operate under new regulations that differ from those that apply to the existing civil courts, Ahmad bin Hazim, Director-General of Dubai Courts, told Emirates Business. The court has been established in response to the rapid growth and development that Dubai is experiencing.
It will handle all types of property cases and is one of six specialist courts being set up following an order earlier this month by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. "Once the court starts functioning it will develop in stages," said Bin Hazim. "It will start with all the traditional property cases, which are currently being handled by Dubai Courts.
"The court president is going to define new procedures and laws that relate to property cases. Two sets of laws will be followed. The first, the Substantive Laws, regulate the sector and are defined by the Land Department. The second, the Procedures Laws, will be drawn up by the court. For example, currently the time between hearings is about one month. We are going to reduce this gap to about a week.
"The Property Court will have its own premises and budget. We have three possible locations but the final site has not yet been decided."