UAE courts can hear overseas property disputes?

UAE courts are authorized to hear real estate disputes filed against Emiratis even if the property is outside the UAE, according to a new principle established by the Dubai Court of Cassation.

The court also emphasized that the failure of the seller to deliver the property as agreed in the contract entitles the buyer to not pay the rest of the price.The court established the principles while accepting the complaint of a seller of property against a UAE citizen, although the sold property is located in Lebanon.

The court also ruled to accept the challenge of the Emirati from refraining to pay the remaining price of the sold property following the seller’s failure to deliver the property as agreed (handing over the property ready for use).