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What is a property transfer fee in Dubai?
A transfer fee is payable if you transfer your property to someone else. It is an administrative charge levied by the primary developer.

You can get a two-year visa when you purchase a property in Dubai that is:

  1.  Completed and handed over to you.
  2.  Worth a minimum value of one million dirhams.

Note 1:

This one million does not include the closing cost.

Note 2:

If you decide to get a visa after few months from buying the property, then the purchase price will not be considered. You should conduct a property valuation, and the result of this valuation should be AED 1,000,000 or more to be eligible to get the visa. The valuation considers few factors e.g, the value of the last 10 sales transactions within last 3 years, the current market property listing prices, the condition of the property, and others...

With the new long-term visa, for investors who invest in property value of AED 5 million or more, a 5-year visa is granted. The renewable 10 year-long visa is for investors setting up start-ups, businesses or branches of their companies of valued AED 10 million or more as long as non-real estate investments are not less than 60% of the total investment. It also applies to spouses and children, with conditions. The UAE announced a new law that provides a 5-year residency visa for retired expatriates with the possibility of renewal for those who wish to stay longer. 

Expatriates over 55 years of age are eligible if they have an investment in a property worth AED 2 million, have a minimum of AED 1M in savings, and an active income of at least AED 20,000 per month.

No, you don't have to pay tax if you are a resident abroad. You only pay if the Dubai property is designed for living in, such as your own home, and student and employee accommodation. Then it is considered residential and exempt for VAT purposes. However, 5% VAT applies to commercial properties.

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