Dubai Property Experts Discuss - UAE Wills Inheritance

  • 22DEC
    non-muslim expatriates to pass on their properties in dubai

Dubai Property Experts  Discuss - UAE Wills & Inheritance


After years of observing the pressing need for clarity on the current UAE wills and inheritance legislation,

We are pleased to welcome the upcoming regime from the DIFC: The ‘DIFC Wills and Probate Registry’, that should provide certainty for non-Muslim expatriates to pass on their Dubai estate in the event of death to their chosen beneficiaries.

The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry will:

 Mark the introduction of a new set of rules relating to succession and inheritance matters for non-Muslims with assets situated in Dubai
provide a mechanism for non-Muslims with assets in Dubai to pass on their estates according to their wishes

Be within the DIFC legal jurisdiction and will work with the DIFC Courts for the production of grants of probate and specific Court orders for the distribution of assets

be the first jurisdiction in the MENA region where non-Muslims can register a will under internationally-recognized common law principles create legal certainty for non-Muslim inheritance

Encourage capital investment in Dubai Property and support economic growth

Due to our established Wills and Inheritance Department, we are pleased to have participated in the working group involved in formulating and contributing to the Rules that will govern the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry. The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry will register the wills of non-Muslims and, upon receipt of evidence of death, issue the necessary Court orders to allow for the distribution of the deceased’s Dubai based assets (as well as Court orders relating to Guardianship) in accordance with the registered will.

Also, as a “common law” jurisdiction, the use of the DIFC procedure would allow for testamentary freedom for dispositions for non-Muslim expatriates and a speedy/orderly administrative process of a deceased non-Muslim’s estate in Dubai.  It is hoped that the Registry will be functional by early 2015. 

Should you wish to book a consultation to discuss the preparation of a DIFC Will or should you wish to review your existing Will in light of these developments, please contact our office on +971 (0) 4 448 4284, visit our or email [email protected] to schedule a meeting with one of our specialist lawyers.

Kind regards,
Leah Cimino LLB (Hons) UK


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22nd December 2014