Am I allowed to reside permanently in the Emirates when purchasing real estate?

Purchasing real estate alone does not entitle you as the real estate owner to permanently reside in the United Arab Emirates. Instead, you must apply for the issuance of a residence visa separately. The decisive factors as to whether your status as property owner allows you to apply for a residence visa and which options are available to you, are, amongst others, the value of the property and the existence of a mortgage. In any case, a property must have been handed over and the title deed issued before a residence visa application can be initiated.

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