Abu Dhabi, 13 June 2023: The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) announced the introduction of the Unified Contract Template for the sale of units and plots on the master plan in Abu Dhabi’s development areas. The innovative initiative aims to regulate the buying and selling process between developers and investors, achieve a balance between the rights and obligations of both parties and enhance transparency and trust in the real estate market in the Abu Dhabi Emirate.
The implementation of the Unified Contract Template exclusively for the purpose of registering sales and purchase contracts for off-plan units and plots in the development areas will commence on Monday, July 3, 2023.
The Unified Contract Template includes important elements such as providing the investor with the escrow account details, precise property information, project details and completion date, and payment plan details. This ensures that the project data and the escrow account will be documented and authenticated by municipal systems, thereby enhancing transparency, trust, and governance of the real estate market, while elevating the investor’s journey by offering a seamless and easy government service experience.
The Unified Contract Template incorporates general provisions that ensure a balance between the rights and obligations of both parties. Additionally, it allows for the inclusion of an unlimited number of specific terms and conditions agreed upon by both parties (provided they don’t contradict the general terms and prevailing legislation in the Emirate).
His Excellency Dr. Adeeb Al-Afifi, Executive Director of the Real Estate Sector at the Department of Municipalities and Transport stated, "The Unified Contract Template is a real estate sales agreement between the developer and the investor that regulates the buying and selling process when the property is off-plan. The introduction of the Unified Sales Contract aims to enhance the governance of the real estate market, provide a seamless and efficient government service experience, and accelerate digital transformation in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. By defining the general rights and obligations of both parties and ensuring their compliance with the prevailing provisions and legislation in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Unified Contract Template contributes to building trust in the real estate market, increasing cash flow for developers, and supporting the competitiveness of the real estate market, thereby accelerating growth and development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The Unified Sales Contract offers a range of other benefits, including ensuring the alignment of general terms and conditions with real estate laws, matching the property data documented in the contract with municipal records, as well as matching the contract parties' data with the Identity and Citizenship Authority’s records. The introduction of the Unified Sales Contract contributes to time and effort savings. The benefits also include ensuring accuracy and ease of data input, as well as the bilingual formulation in Arabic and English. The Unified Contract is easy to create and use within and outside the country.