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Top Real Estate apps in the UAE for Realtors,investors and Developers.

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Covid Pandemic taught us many great life lessons. It also gave us the greatest technology gift and how it can make our tasks simple and easy. 

That is how many markets tend to operate now and will work in the future.

For example, the real estate industry is one industry that makes use of the technology effectively, whether it is for selling homes online or creating new trends for its investors and home buyers alike. 

Many apps in the industry help home buyers make their big purchase decision, and here are the top Apps in the real estate industry and their features and functions.

DLD RDC

https://dubailand.gov.ae/en/#/

One of the most valuable contributions of the Dubai Land Department (DLD) is creating and making an app that offers solutions to both tenants and owners, the Rental Dispute Center.

This online system makes rental dispute registration and follow-up easy and accessible for both tenants and owners. 

Regardless of the property type you own/rent:

1. you can use the RDC app to register your rental dispute online

2.Make relevant payments, appeal cases, and even make special requests about your case (if any). 

And this app provides a complete portfolio of disputes, mediation, rental issues, and other disagreements.​

Salient Features: 

· Hassle-free online registration for rental disputes

· Dispute resolution through mediation

· Online payment feature 

EJARI

Ejari smart app allows you to register yourself online and upload the relevant documents. Register Ejari online https://dubailand.gov.ae/en/eservices/download-ejari-certificate/#/ 

on your own. Register yourself on the app, upload the relevant documents and required rental contract data and submit your application. Once the owner or leasing company approves your application, you can pay the Ejari fee (AED 170) through the app. 

Besides registering Ejari, the app also allows you to calculate the rental increases and locate typing centers for tenancy contract registration. The app also brings the ease of printing your Ejari certificate via your smart devices.

Salient Features :

· Register Ejari online

· Print Ejari certificate

· Calculate rental increases

BAYUT

While it may not be one of the DLD real estate apps in Dubai, Bayut has made searching for homes and properties in Dubai simple for everyone.

THE BAYUT MOBILE APP

The Bayut App is one of Dubai’s best real estate apps if you are looking for properties for rent and sale in the city. 

Whether you’re interested in villas, townhouses, offices, shops, or rental apartments in Dubai – this Dubai property app has you covered. 

The Bayut App brings you a vast database of active properties on Bayut searchable through a refined search tool that allows you to shortlist properties with the exact specifications you want.

Salient Features :

· Provision of all property-related information

· Customised searches with location, price, area, and property type filters

· Mark, save, and share properties and property information 

· Call the listing phone number(s) 

BAYUTPRO

BayutPro is an exclusive app specially designed for real estate agents based in the UAE. The app provides customized lead management tools aimed at maximizing productivity. Real estate agents registered on Bayut can now download the app and use it to track and manage their leads. 

This app features valuable tools like TruCheck™ and SmartLeads™ to monitor listings, interact with prospects and respond to leads. 

Salient Features :

· Single tap interaction with leads via email, call, or WhatsApp

· Data-backed insights into consumer choices based on an average budget preferred property type and location, and more

· Listing validation via TruCheck™

· Easy profile management

MAKANI

This DLD application allows you to access the official geographic addressing system. One of the unique real estate apps in Dubai, Makani, uses the 10-digit “Makani Number” to locate the building’s entrance’s exact location. 

 The app uses no codes, names, or directions to locate different locations and implements simple addressing techniques.

Makani makes it easier for tourists and residents to search and locate places and navigate their desired locations by simply using their mobile phones, tablets, or GPS navigational devices. 

Owing to its innovative technology, Makani has become one of the best property apps in UAE.

Salient Features :

· Voice search and QR code compatibility

· Syncing with a contact list for direct access

· Voice-guided navigation

INVESTMENT MAP PORTAL

Currently, one of the most valuable real estate apps in Dubai is the Investment Map Portal. Launched by the Real Estate Investment Management and Promotion Center – the 

Investment wing of DLD, this app opens up the world of off-plan projects in Dubai to investors. 

The Investment Map portal features integrated applications paired with Dubai real estate best practices and the Google search tool to enable smart device-access to investment opportunities for investors. 

This secure government portal makes decision-making and transacting online easier. It represents an intelligent real estate market – from the beginning to the end where you can explore, select and invest in off-plan properties in Dubai from your smart device. 

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Is buying a house in Dubai just a click away?

An Interview with Realtor Mr. Muhammad Aziz, CEO for 7Skys Real Estate
By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Can you do real estate transactions remotely?
Imagine you live in London or Canada, or elsewhere in the world. And you want to buy a home in Dubai, and you start searching online for houses for sale in Dubai. And find a home online. Shop for it, and there you go- you got a brand new villa or an apartment in the UAE, just like that.
Well, this is a reality! Not just a dream

In Conversation with Mr. Muhammad Azizi Cheif, Executive officer for 7Skys Real Estate

In an exclusive interview with Emirates Property magazine, Mr. Muhammad Azizi, CEO for 7Skys Real Estate https://sevenskys.ae/ chats about the current real estate market and its operations here.7Skys Real Estate is an authorized agent for Dubai Properties, Meraas Holding, Nakheel, Nshama, Danube Home, and Omniyat.

Dubai Land Department’s fresh approach to real estate transactions

Dubai Land Department introduced a new system in May to make it convenient for property owners and sellers. Wherein property buyers and sellers can carry out transactions remotely.
https://dubailand.gov.ae/en/news-media/dubai-land-department-introduces-remote-property-registration-system/#/
This system allows direct transactions between the sellers and buyers via audio-visual communication.
This year alone, Dubai Land Department, along with the Real Estate Trustee unit, processed more than 3000 transactions.
Mr.Azizi said, “Despite the post-co-vid anxiety, the property market in Dubai has recorded more transactions this year, which is very encouraging and motivating for entrepreneurs like us.
And this is, due to the government’s initiative, to simplify real estate operations. For example, earlier, we have to visit, Dubai Land Department’s office in Deira to buy a home in Dubai, and due to the crowd present there, you have to wait in a queue to book a house in Dubai. Now, all you have to do is click the link DLD’s officials send for a video call, and after the video call. You can complete your property transaction and own that villa or apartment”.

Here go the steps for buying or selling a house in Dubai remotely:

Mr.Muhammad added further, “If I explain it also, you can be anywhere in the world and browse the sale of properties or properties for sale in Dubai:
1) After you find a house for sale in Dubai online
2) The next step would be to contact the real estate agent.
3)After that, the real estate agent will liaise with an official, from the land department, to check for availability.
4) If an approved property, the official from DLD, will send you a video calling link.
5) Both of you will meet virtually. On a video call and congratulations, you are now a property owner in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
6) Also, you can sell your home in Dubai. For instance, due to post-covid travel restrictions, if you get stuck in some other country and cannot travel to the UAE. Real estate authorities here offer their support by making it convenient for homeowners to sell their properties. Even if they are staying in the United Kingdom or any other place.

This is an exciting move, from the government, which can be really useful. As the world is seeing, remarkable changes, post covid, and online marketing, and e-commerce businesses are in”.

More and More people are searching online for buying homes.

“The current property market emphasizes more on marketing properties online. So we would like to focus more on digital marketing. Still, we also believe that keeping in touch with our clients and listening to their problems and offering solutions. And approaching them one on one basis has been our motto. And will remain as our forte in the future,” concluded Mr. Muhammad.

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Luxurious, lusciously green living: Al Zahia breaks ground on its Al Yasmeen neighbourhood

  • Al Yasmeen will offer 200+ premium properties upon completion in 2022
  • Residents will find themselves among tranquil surroundings with easy access to a complete variety of amenities
  • Al Yasmeen’s construction moves Al Zahia closer to its 2023 completion

Sharjah, UAE, 13 October 2020: Al Zahia — Sharjah’s premier lifestyle destination — has moved one step closer to completion with the ground-breaking ceremony of its highly sustainable Al Yasmeen neighbourhood.

Scheduled for completion in 2022, Al Yasmeen is designed for discerning families and young couples that demand luxury and tranquillity from the place they call home. The neighbourhood will comprise a mix of more than 200 two and three-bedroom villas and townhouses nestled within lush green surroundings — complementing the other premium neighbourhoods within the masterplan, where more than 800 homes in the Al Jouri and Al Narjis neighbourhoods have already been handed over to the families of Al Zahia, and homes in Al Lilac are currently under construction.

Shadi Al Azzeh, Al Zahia Projects Head at Majid Al Futtaim Properties, said, “Al Yasmeen will be an exciting demonstration of Al Zahia’s unique philosophy of creating memorable spaces. It has been crafted to inspire social connections and is set against a backdrop of relaxing green spaces, reinforcing the community’s position as a one-of-a-kind destination. It will be a place for families to grow, socialise, and thrive — one part of the wider Al Zahia community that offers everything a family could need. Breaking ground is a proud moment for us, and it means we are one step closer to creating more great moments for the people of Al Zahia.”

United Engineering Construction Co. (UNEC), which boasts a portfolio of premium developments in the UAE, will oversee the construction of Al Yasmeen, ensuring the neighbourhood lives up to the high expectations placed on every Majid Al Futtaim community.

Walid Al Hashimi, Sharjah Holding’s Chief Executive Officer, added, “Sharjah is full of ambition, and we’ve been sure to instil the same across Al Zahia. Contrasting the emirate’s urban energy with luxurious modern homes, Al Yasmeen is the next piece in the puzzle. The neighbourhood redefines the modern living experience while reflecting Al Zahia’s commitment to respectfully upholding Sharjah’s rich culture and traditions. Al Yasmeen is also yet another investment in the community, being a place that will empower residents to live the fulfilling lives they deserve. We’re pleased to push on with our partners toward Al Zahia’s completion in 2023.”

Like the wider Al Zahia community, Al Yasmeen neighbourhood will reflect the traditional values of Sharjah in a progressive, welcoming community. Its homes will be nestled among six themed sensorial parks, each designed to stimulate and rejuvenate residents. The exclusive-to-residents Clubhouse will provide resort-style living and a place to socialise and unwind, while a direct connection to the upcoming City Centre Al Zahia — the northern emirates’ largest mall — will ensure ultimate convenience.

Al Yasmeen also upholds Al Zahia’s status as the first development in the UAE and the Middle East to be awarded the BREEAM Communities Interim Certification — a measure of the community’s unwavering commitment to sustainable design and development.

Al Zahia is part of the strategic partnership between Majid Al Futtaim Properties and Sharjah Asset Management. On completion, the entire Al Zahia development will include a total of 3,700 homes. Al Zahia is located off Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and directly on University City Road. To date, 55 per cent of the project has been sold, with 800 families already in residence.

Four key factors to shape the future of office space demand

After working from home has been effective

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Due to this outbreak of the Pandemic world over, there have been measures on reducing costs across all industries, whether it is hospitality, technology, or real estate. And for this reason, the commercial real estate owners are rethinking office space as they have not seen any new workplace handover after work from home has been efficient for employers.

As per the gulf news property weekly report, the total number of available stock in Abu Dhabi and Dubai is 3.8 million and 8.7 million sqm Of GLA, respectively.

However, The JLL Q2 report says a total of 312,000 sqm of GLA is expected to handover in Dubai in the second half of the year.

And here are the top reasons why property developers and businesses are reconsidering workroom places

  1. First and foremost is the impact of office commute stress and cost. Due to this reason, customers, residential and commercial are going to be looking at real estate differently.

Consolidated Operations The pandemic has forced corporates to continue to consolidate operations. The Demand is more on smaller fitted-out units of less than 1000 sq.m, and grade A rents decreased by 13 percent in Dubai as per JLL reports.

  1. Remote offices in Demand 

The idea of a remote office will mean that every home will have a dedicated working space at home. Due to this, the businesses will question why to pay high rents and also incur additional expenditure on maintenance and upkeep of office space when employees have been productive working from home during this period of isolation.

  1. A new Hybrid model in the future

As per Gulf News Reports Dana Salbak, Head of JLL, Mena says, “Looking ahead, corporations will adopt a hybrid model of working, with some of their employees based in HQ offices, while others continue to work from home, or inflexible office spaces.”

Under these conditions, the market remains favorable for tenants as Landlords are willing to offer attractive incentives as well as contributions to capital expenditures to reduce costs on tenants.

District one creates new trend

As one of the sought after high-end community
By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

District one becomes the sought after community for high-end buyers and creates a new trend.

Over the years and traditionally, Emirates Hills has been the hottest community for high-net-worth buyers, and recently the trends are changing.

Andrew Cummings, co-founder and manager of luxuryproperty.com, said, “District one is the hottest community for buyers as it boasts a stunning crystal lagoon and premium location close to Downtown.”

He added “Particularly, in 2020 and recently District one recorded a Dh 90 million transaction for a contemporary villa “

Mahatma Gandhi Cultural Forum Sharjah, an associate of Indian Association Sharjah, held a Three-day educational workshop For Students

Dr.T.P.Sashikumar’s Be a Warrior, not Worrier Workshop, was a hit among all the wards.

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Sharjah, December 16th, 2019 – Mahatma Gandhi Cultural Forum an associate of Indian Association Sharjah held a three-day workshop Be a Warrior not a Worrier for high school students conducted by Shiksha, which was founded by Dr.T.P.Sashikumar, a space scientist with several accolades in various fields such as science, spirituality, and Psychotherapy 

Mr.Sashikumar ‘s Shiksha is a house to inspire and encourage young students, primarily through their teachings, that is similar to the Gurukul style of living and teaching students. 

Many schoolchildren in the Sharjah workshop were also mesmerized by their teacher’s style of delivering the lectures and Tina; a Grade 10 student said: “We enjoyed this three-day workshop and would like Sashikumar Sir to extend it for another day.”

Dr.P.Sashikumar is a Space scientist who took voluntary retirement from ADRIN Hyderabad based (Advanced Data Process Research Institute) and was associated with India’s space mission for 20 years.

In addition to being a science enthusiast, he has also written several books on philosophy and life lessons.

Some interesting real estate trends to look for

Some interesting real estate trends to look for

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

It is fascinating to see some significant changes and trends that are prevailing in the real estate market of Dubai right now. And in my opinion, at the top of my head is the new age concept of co-living communities and co-working models.

At the outset, let’s define a co-working model:

Co-working model is a set up wherein a private office is offered to freelancers and self-employed professionals, and this also helps in sharing of ideas amongst entrepreneurs as they share pieces of equipment and office furniture. In addition to sharing meeting rooms, this arrangement led to the trend of co-living.

What is co-living?

As per Wikipedia, co-living is a type of intentional community providing shared housing for people with shared intentions.

And this merely means coming together for activities such as meals and discussion in the common living areas, yet may extend to shared workspace and collective endeavors such as living more sustainably.

Co-living concept must not be confused with the sharing of rooms

This new way of co-living must not be confused with the sharing of apartments, particularly in Dubai, as residents sharing their rooms are not allowed. Instead, you can focus on living as a community, for instance, watching your favorite movie in a cinema hall and using all other amenities to bond culturally.

And co-living communities are popular, especially with the millennial folks because this is an affordable and innovative way of living as the individuals collaborate and emphasize on social networking as well as improving the economy.

So would you like to work in an environment similar to this or live in a co-living community, please drop a line anithaideas@gmail.com or leave a comment, if you feel this is a great setup to work or live or if you think this is not working for you…?

Top reasons why residents are ready to move

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

As the real estate markets soften in Dubai, Many residents are willing to explore and   shift to another community within Dubai and here are the top reasons:

  • The Primary reason being – falling of rents, which will allow them to live in bigger size homes than before.
  • Not only a better quality of living, but expats also preferred to relocate to reduce their time spent on commuting, particularly while enduring traffic. And so, they changed their house to a place that was close to their office.
  • Another reason for moving was because of the landlords, who want to sell their property and also due to maintenance issues.

What do experts feel

Many top property experts commented that “Many are shifting from Palm Jumeirah, and Springs to locations such as Nshama and Mira as the rents are 20-30 per cent cheaper in these places”.

As per a recent study by Service Market

61.4% moved to bigger houses, while 23.4% moved into a house of the same size and only 16.2 per cent downsized.

And the top trend in the move-in market segment

Business Bay is the trending area, particularly when it comes to the move-in market segment

Medallion Associates teams up with Dubai Land Department to attract more British investors to Dubai

Partners with Huxley Estate  Sky TV A1 News and to highlight opportunities in Dubai across UK & Europe 8

London,8th December 2018-Dubai Land Department (DLD) partnered with the international promotional Trustee Medallion Associates, the leading real estate consultancy and advisory service provider in the UAE, to generate interest and confidence in Dubai real estate among British and international investors, the partnership was kicked off during the third Dubai Property Show – London, recently organized by DLD in London.

During the Dubai Property Show in London, DLD inaugurated the real estate promotion trustee office of Medallion Associates, which has initiated new partnerships with Sky TV A1 News and Huxley Estate to promote investments in Dubai and bolster media coverage across the UK and Europe through their top three offices.

HE Majida Ali Rashid, CEO of the Real Estate Promotion andInvestment Management Sector at DLD, said: “Partnering with MedallionAssociates consolidates our mission to promote Dubai’s real estate sector foreign investors and most notably those from the UK. The heightened interesting Dubai’s real estate is evidence of the Emirate’s appeal and is a result of the investment policies that were put in place by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.”

Masood Al Awar, CEO of Medallion Associates, thanked DLD for its confidence in his company’s support and for its successful efforts in casting the global spotlight on Dubai’s flourishing real estate sector.

Al Awar said: “London and Dubai are both key markets for investors worldwide. As Dubai continues its growth, we would like to contribute to the forging of new and exciting mutually-beneficial partnerships with the UK  market through partnerships with Huxley Estate knowledge and A1TV exposure in UK and Europe. We are committed to supportingDLD’s international real estate road shows and workshops to strengthen Dubai’simage as a preferred real estate investment destination.”

Medallion Associates is the appointed custodian of DLD’sinternational real estate promotion efforts. It assists DLD position Dubai as a premier global investment destination and a haven for innovation, trust, and happiness. 

Statistics from DLD’s Department of Real Estate Studies& Research reveal that British citizens are the second-highest foreign investors in Dubai real estate. Through its comprehensive services, ranging from development and asset management to private equity placement and advisory & consulting services, MedallionAssociates aims to facilitate a higher uptake of Dubai properties from British and other foreign investors.

Call on efficient energysystems – Experts discuss strategies on the first day of International DistrictEnergy Association (IDEA) District Cooling Conference and Tradeshow

Ahmad Bin Shafar,CEO OF Empower

The conference is being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Dubai, UAE, 10 December2018: Energy experts discussed the potential for new ground-breaking solutions in district cooling on the first day of the International District Energy Association (IDEA)District Cooling Conference and Tradeshow which started on (Monday, 10 December2018) at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai and will conclude today (Tuesday, 11December 2018).

Witnessing the presence of key experts in the industry, the conference commenced with opening remarks from Rob Thornton, President & CEO, IDEA and a welcome note by – Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower.

“In today’s time, where climate change is a district cooling solution is the need of the hour. It not only helps to build a sustainable future but also establishes an environment conducive to an energy-efficient business management system. We are confident that the conference this year will not only serve as a platform to exchange experiences and best practices but also present a more efficient plan for states and governments to implement district cooling as a futuristic solution for a sustainable living,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.

The conference commenced with a Plenary panel discussion held under the theme – “Efficient Energy for Smarter Cities”, with senior industry executives sharing perspectives on district cooling for more sustainable and resilient cities. Spearheaded by Robert Thornton, the discussion featured panelists as Ahmad BinShafar, CEO, Empower; Jim Lodge, Vice President, Clearway Energy, WernerLutsch, CEO, AGFW; Adib Moubadde, CEO, Emicool; Tom Nyquist, Executive Director of Utilities, Princeton University; Juan Ontiveros, Assistant Vice President,Utilities, University of Texas at Austin; Michael Schack, Director Networks& Cogeneration, ENGINE and Abdul Salam Al Mobayad, CEO, Saudi TabreedOperation.

Rob Thornton,President and CEO,IDEA

Rob Thornton, President and CEO, IDEA, said: “IDEAis pleased to be organizing another district cooling conference here in Dubai. We have assembled experts from across North America, Europe, Middle East and the Asia Pacific to share experiences in the design, construction, operation and optimization of district cooling systems for cities, communities, and campuses. As cities become more densely populated, especially in warmer climates, the economies of scale and efficiencies of district cooling systems help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce strain on the regional electricity grid.  Efficient district cooling infrastructure is becoming the standard for tomorrow’s smarter cities. Dubai is arguably the world’s leading city for district cooling deployment.”

The subsequent session focused on OperationalExcellence – Global Best Practices and Strategies. Highlighting the importance of design and technology, the session featured innovative best practices and proven tools and techniques that result in operational excellence, optimized use of energy and water and quality of service. Spearheaded by Laxmi Rao fromIDEA, the session witnessed the presence of experts from different companies.

Finance was also a key topic of discussion after the conversation on the key elements, technology and design at the conference.  Spearheaded by Rob Thornton from IDEA, this session held under the theme “Financing the District Energy Enterprise”, focused on the availability of both short-term and long-term sources of capital to develop district cooling systems.  It also featured a discussion on key insights for seeking finance as well as on how to manage and optimize funds flow over the changing needs of the project lifecycle, featuring leaders in the regional banking, finance and district energy sectors.  

In addition, the conference also discussed strategies for Exposing the Full Value of District Energy, Extending the opportunity for District Cooling, Design & Data Challenges for performance excellence as well as Smart Approaches for Metering, Controls and Optimization. The day one of the conferences ended on a high note with a gala dinner.

Empower currently operates over 1.34 Million RT,providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Jumeirah Beach Residence,Dubai International Financial Centre, Business Bay, Dubai Healthcare City,Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai design District and International Media Production Zone, among others.