Tuesday, January 29, 2008

DLD approves First Gulf Bank to open and manage Escrow Accounts

The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has granted permission to the First Gulf Bank to open Escrow Accounts for the registered property developers of the department. The DLD is the 'only' real estate title registry in the emirate to approve the Bank to open and manage Escrow Accounts.

The Escrow Accounts that are operated by the First Gulf Bank will be regulated by RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Authority) which currently licenses about 400 developers in the Dubai market, and is the authority behind implementing the new escrow account law.

The Head of National Housing Loans, at the First Gulf Bank, Al Ghafli, said "The new RERA rules are a major step ahead in the maturing Dubai market. These rules protect the interest of both developers and buyers, while the investors feel secure that their funds are safely deposited by a reputable financial institution, like the First Gulf Bank."

First Gulf Bank has a good reputation in the real estate segment within UAE, offering a range of financial solutions to investors and developers alike. The Escrow Account Law was issued by the Dubai Government last year, aiming to control the malpractices by property developers, and enhance the standard of the Dubai real estate market.

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