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 An tenant in the Al Barsha area of Dubai has been sent a non-renewable contract by the landlord. Randi Sokoloff / The National

Dubai landlord refuses to pay back Rera fees after losing rent case

Keren Bobker helps a tenant who wants to know how to reclaim his RERA case fees and who has also been sent a contract with a “one-year nonrenewable” note.

 A Brabus Mercedes 6x6 Sports Utility Vehicle is readied for display during Auto China 2014 in Beijing, on April 20. Adrian Bradshaw / EPA

In pictures: Auto China 2014 exhibition

Leading automakers have gathered in Beijing for the kickoff of China’s biggest car show, but lacklustre growth and environmental restrictions in the world’s largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix. More than 1,100 vehicles are being showcased.

 A customer looks at a large mock-up of videogame console Game Boy.  Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo

Nintendo’s Game Boy at 25: hand-held legacy lives on

Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary Monday with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.


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Aldar chairman: stable Abu Dhabi economy driving property sector

April 19, 2014

Matured outlook of the property industry, measures to rein in speculation and an emphasis on rapid growth are fuelling Abu Dhabi’s building boom, says Abubaker Seddiq Al Khouri.

Let’s keep checks and balances in perspective

March 21, 2014

In the wake of the global financial crisis, the world's banking community is now obsessed with compliance. But it makes it a nightmare for the ordinary customer trying to take out a mortgage, writes Nima Abu Wardeh.

Top global property markets: 2014 forecast

March 14, 2014

Liam Bailey of Frank Knight gives his outlook on the top global property markets for 2014.

How to buy a UAE property as prices rise and loan caps come into effect

February 21, 2014

The central bank's mortgage cap, introduced in October of last year, has made it harder for UAE residents to buy. So what is the best way to get a foot on the property ladder now if you don't have the deposit you need?

Put your UAE mortgage on the map

November 23, 2013

Ever wonder what your neighbours pay on their home loan? The National has launched a way to compare rates around the country, with the goal of improving the UAE's financial transparency.

Central Bank’s new mortgage rules will boost risk profiles of UAE lenders and developers

November 18, 2013

The regulations are intended to introduce a measure of control over the UAE’s real estate market to prevent a repeat of uncontrolled lending.

UAE property: ‘No possibility of bubble’ Central Bank governor says

November 5, 2013

The governor of the Central Bank says prudence by bankers and recent mortgage caps will prevent a repeat of the 2008 property market collapse

UAE banks likely to get 5-year grace period over GRE loans

November 4, 2013

Banks are likely to be given a five-year grace period to comply with new rules limiting their exposure to government-related companies, says the chairman of the UAE Banks Federation.

UAE Central Bank confirms mortgage cap rules in bid to cool property prices

October 29, 2013

Expatriates will be restricted to 75 per cent of a property’s value for a first investment of less than Dh5 million, while UAE nationals will be restricted to 80 per cent.

Central Bank issues new rules on mortgage cap

October 29, 2013

The UAE Cental Bank has issued long awaited regulations restricting the amount of cash that homebuyers can borrow on their mortgages in an attempt to cool rampant house price rises.

Put your UAE mortgage on the interactive map

October 23, 2013

The National’s financial literacy campaign is aimed at helping all of us who live in the UAE to have an understanding of how money works and the ability to make informed and effective decisions about personal resources.

100 Youth Club to bring financial literacy to young Emiratis

October 18, 2013

Amid higher levels of consumer spending and lending, the latest financial literacy initiative launched in the UAE aims to train 100 people between age 15 and 24 to become personal finance mentors.

Rise of the mortgage middlemen as UAE homebuyers look for a better deal

September 15, 2013

Mortgage middlemen are cashing in as property transactions boom with homeowners hoping to negotiate better terms on property deals.

Banks still wary of giving mortgages to overseas buyers of Dubai property

September 10, 2013

Financial literacy: As the Dubai property market heats up and prices surge by the most in the world, international investors are eager for a piece of the action. But...