New Dubai decree to transfer ownership of some educational lands

Dubai - Sheikh Mohammed issues decree to transfer certain lands to Knowledge Fund Establishment.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Published: Sat 19 Dec 2020, 2:13 PM

Last updated: Sat 19 Dec 2020, 2:22 PM

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a decree transferring the ownership of certain educational lands in Dubai to the Knowledge Fund Establishment.

The lands subject to this Decree are those granted to government entities and real estate developers. These include lands leased to third parties; undeveloped ones granted to individuals and private entities that have not been developed within five years of the date of the grant; or those that have ceased to have education activity.

Furthermore, educational lands allocated to federal entities, foreign communities and civil society organisations are subject to this Decree if the lands were not developed within five years of the date of allocation; education activity has ceased in the allocated land; or the purpose of the allocation has lapsed.

The educational lands excluded from the articles of the Decree include lands granted to public education facilities; lands within education zones like Dubai Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Park; and mortgaged lands and common lands that include educational lands.

Real estate developers can retain the educational lands granted to them prior to the activation of this Decree if they agree to pay 75 per cent of the land’s market value to the Knowledge Fund Establishment in annual instalments within a period not exceeding 34 years.

The Department of Land and Property in Dubai will determine the market value of the educational land within three months of the date of activation of this Decree. The real estate developer must notify the Knowledge Fund Establishment of its desire to retain the educational land within six months of the land’s market value being determined. Accordingly, the Knowledge Fund Establishment will sign an agreement with the real estate developer.

Starting from the date of activation of this Decree, and after transferring ownership of educational lands to the Knowledge Fund Establishment, the Establishment replaces government entities and real estate developers in all rent and leasehold contracts subject to this Decree. The Decree is effective from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

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