10 essential real estate terms

Thinking ofinvesting in real estate in Dubai? Well, you should know that this city is one of the most popular destinations for real estate investors, thanks to its dynamic and profitable real estate market.

However, before you embark on buying or renting property in Dubai, you need to know a few things. And that’s the whole point of this article, which presents 10 real estate terms you need to know in Dubai.


Ejari is a commonly used real estate term for a system for registering and regulating long-term rental contracts. Since 2010, it has been mandatory for anyone renting a property in Dubai.

In fact, Ejari makes a rental contract legal and authorized by the government in accordance with current national standards. Once registered, tenants receive an Ejari number, which gives them access to a host of benefits, including :
– DEWA (Dubai Water and Electricity Authority) connection configuration;
– Signing contracts with Internet and telephone service providers.


Ijarah is a new rental system with an option to buy in Dubai. Customers pay rent for a fixed financing period. At the end of this period, the bank transfers title to the property if all payments have been made.
Buyers can convert their rental payments into equity in the property of their choice, and thus become owners of the property. This system enables them to acquire a property gradually, with an initial deposit transferred to an equity account.


Tawtheeq is a registry of all rental contracts and landlords’ properties. It is run by the Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) and offers numerous advantages to its beneficiaries. These include :

– Accreditation of rental transactions by official bodies;
– Speed and flexibility in transactions;
– Better management and regulation of property owners’ assets;
– Simplified procedures to facilitate the registration process with reliable information;
– Obtaining data on property history and rental contracts for owners and tenants.


Tasdeeq is an Ajman-based platform for the registration and ratification of residential and commercial contracts to tenants. This ratification helps avoid disagreements between landlords and tenants. It also ensures the validation of various real estate transactions through an automated, simple and easy process.


The term Musataha refers to a type of contract in which you have the option of building and even farming on the property. This can be beneficial if you want to invest or build without having to buy land in Dubai. The term of the lease does not exceed 50 years.


Makani means “my location” and was first introduced in Dubai in 2005. Makani is an intelligent program that requires every building, house and public place to be identified by a 10-digit code known as the “Makani number”. With this code, tenants can easily find the location of a property and send distress signals in case of emergency.


The oqood is a real estate contract that offers developers and promoters a range of online project management services. For example, you can register initial sales without having to go to the DLD.

Oqood also regulates and monitors the off-plan property market in Dubai by referring to the rules and regulations put into force by the real estate authorities. This optimizes investor confidence in this type of property.


Trakheesi is a system designed for real estate agents in Dubai. It enables real estate professionals and brokerage firms to obtain licenses and approvals for various types of activity. In fact, the information stored in this system is government-approved, as it is linked to Dubai Economic Development (DED).

Al Sa’fat

Al Sa’fat is a program designed to contribute to sustainable development in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. The latter mainly encourages the construction of eco-responsible, environmentally-friendly buildings.
Al Sa’fat was initiated with the Dubai Municipality’s “Green Building Specifications”. These specifications were applied to government buildings from 2011 and have become mandatory for all new buildings since March 2014.


Like Al Sa’fat, Estidama is an eco-friendly real estate design program in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Derived from the word “sustainability”, Estidama requires all buildings to achieve a minimum rating of Pearl 1 and Pearl 2 for government-funded properties. However, it should be noted that Estidama should not be confused with green building rating systems such as LEED and BREEAM.