Property valuation is a crucial part of the property buying, selling, mortgaging (loans), refinancing, renting and insuring process in the UAE. All of these transactions require property valuations before the transaction can be fully and properly completed.

What are the important things to know about property valuation? Throughout this article, we provide all the essential information you need to understand
property valuation in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and its relevance in real estate transactions.

What is property valuation and why you need it?

A property valuation is an accurate estimate of the worth of a property made by trained specialists (valuers) based on inspection and analyzing features and factors such as size, location, condition, etc. in the form of a detailed report outlining the market value

Property valuation is necessary if you plan to:
  • provide property as collateral for a loan
  • resolve the issue of contested property values
  • conclude a purchase and sale transaction (sellers, buyers and developers)
  • settle disputes or
  • examine the investment at various stages of the project.

Which factors influence property value?

There are many internal and external factors that can influence the value of a property, but location, size and usable space, age and condition, local market and economic condition and supply and demand seem to be the most prevalent ones.
Location 

Location is extremely important in determining property price and value. A property that is close to landmarks, the city center, schools, universities, hospitals, shopping malls, recreation areas, and public transportation will sell or rent at a higher price, whereas a property located far from these facilities will result in a lower price.

Size and usable space 

In addition to its size, the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, balconies, and the general floor plan of the property all affect its value. Naturally, a larger property will cost more than a smaller one.

Age and condition 

The age of the property also plays an important role in determining its value, since newer properties don't require major renovations or repairs, so buyers are more likely to purchase them. When it comes to condition, a well-maintained older house will have a greater value than a newer one that needs extensive renovations.

Local market and economy 

In addition to being one of the hottest real estate markets in the region, Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s economies are strong and stable, which makes UAE properties very desirable and therefore of high value. 

Supply and demand

Property prices and value will rise if demand exceeds supply but will fall if supply exceeds demand. 

What does a property valuation report include?

Generally, valuation reports contain the following information:
  • Introduction and valuation instruction
  • Client and intended users
  • Valuation purpose
  • Basis of valuation
  • Surveyors and valuers
  • Status and date of valuation
  • Extent of investigation
  • Property owner and Title Deed Information
  • Location of the Property
  • Description of the Property
  • Condition of property
  • Market Value
  • Appendixes
  • Local market description
  • Property documents
  • Property photographs

Who does property valuation in the UAE?

Relevant government organizations and professional valuers in licenced valuation companies conduct property valuations in an independent, objective and transparent manner.

There are two ways you can get a property valuation, one via the official website of Dubai Land Department for Dubai/Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) for Abu Dhabi or by using professional valuation services directly.

How to get a property valuation in the UAE?

Dubai - DLD
DLD headquarters building in Dubai, UAE.

You can get a property valuation in Dubai and obtain a real estate valuation certificate via the service center or via Dubai REST. You can pay by cash, debit or credit card and ePay, and you’d usually have to wait from 1 to 8 working days. 

Via the DLD, using the real estate valuation form, you can request valuation for:
  • vacant residential, commercial and industrial lands
  • residential units
  • residential villas
  • agricultural lands with an existing building
  • commercial or industrial buildings
  • villa complexes
  • labor camps on a single land
  • vacant lands for a major real estate project of for one of its phases
  • hotel buildings with the land they exist on
The documents you need:
  • A real estate valuation request form
  • A letter from the owner and a copy of their valid passport/ Emirates ID Card
  • A copy of the municipality map (one year) or the planning map
Additional documents required by type of property to be valuated:
Category Documents
Vacant Land for a major real estate project or one of its stages
  • A No Objection letter from the main developer/bank
  • A Sale/Purchase contract
To valuate a building (one residential villa with the land on which it is built):
  • A built-up construction area
  • A detailed statement showing the number of villas/units
  • A detailed expenses statement for the past three years
  • Ejari contracts for each unit type
To valuate a hotel building with the land on which it is built:
  • A built-up construction area
  • The value of room rentals and the number of facilities, halls, and restaurants at the premises
  • A detailed statement showing all expenses and net profits over the past three years from a certified accounts office
  • A Hotel Management Contract
  • A tax letter from Dubai Municipality
The fees are:
Residential Vacant Land valuation
Category Documents
Valuating the land for the purpose of owning the grant (commercial/industrial)
  • AED 2,000
  • AED 10 knowledge Fee
  • AED 10 innovation Fee
  • In case of applying at the Real Estate Services Trustees Centers
  • A Service partners fees of 180 AED + VAT on Service Partners fees
Valuating the land for a major real estate project or one of its stages:
  • AED 10,000
  • AED 10 knowledge Fee
  • AED 10 innovation Fee
  • In case of applying at the Real Estate Services Trustees Centers
  • A Service partners fees of 430 AED + VAT on Service Partners fees
Building Valuation (a residential villa with the land on which it is built)
Category Documents
Request for the valuation of a residential apartment
  • AED 4,000
  • AED 10 knowledge Fee
  • AED 10 innovation Fee
  • In case of applying at the Real Estate Services Trustees Centersr
  • A Service partners fees of 230 AED + VAT on Service Partners fees
Valuation of a hotel building with its land
  • AED 15,000
  • AED 10 knowledge Fee
  • AED 10 innovation Fee
  • In case of applying at the Real Estate Services Trustees Centers
  • A Service partners fees of 530 AED + VAT on Service Partners fees
As for Abu Dhabi, in order to determine the approximate value of a land or property, you can request a certificate through this service (usually lasting 3 working days). An appraisal can be used to show restrictions, such as a registered mortgage or investment, to determine the approximate value of a property or land, or to identify the method by which the property or land was acquired. Your representative can also request this on your behalf if they have a power of attorney.
The process goes like this:
  • Apply for the service through the available channels
  • Fill in the fields and submit the request
  • Upload the required documents (optional)
  • Pay the applicable fees
  • Print the payment receipt and the certificate
Required documents:
  • Certificate of proof of income - Building income statement - copy
  • Clear photos from all the sides of the building - copy
  • Land plan - copy
  • Other documents - any supporting documents - copy
Fees:
  • Agricultural - AED 2700
  • Commercial - AED 4500
  • Investment - AED 2700
  • Residential - AED 2700
  • Other - AED 900
There’s also Dari, Abu Dhabi’s trusted digital ecosystem for real estate backed by the Department of Municipalities and Transport - DMT (website, for android users Dari; for iOS) which provides a one-stop solution for all real estate requirements in Abu Dhabi. Among other things, you can use the app to request a property valuation and a valuation certificate (Services-Certificates section).
Screenshot of Dari App by Department of Municipalities and Transport Abu Dhabi.

The other way to do a property valuation is to contact a valuation company directly and request their professional valuation services. It’s important to note that you should look for companies licensed by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency or other relevant authorities in the industry.

List of valuation companies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

To help you out with choosing good companies in Dubai, here’s a DLD service that allows you to search for Approved Valuation Companies in Dubai. As for Abu Dhabi, you can find licensed valuators in the Services-Directory section on Dari.
Valuation companies in Dubai - Table 1/2
Company name License Number RERA Registration Number Email Phone
3 D Appraisal International Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 764006 17054 info@3dappraisalintl.com +971 4 884 7412
A A Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 802893 20919 info@aavaluation.com +971 04 243 8777
A T F Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 907132 24833 info@uaevaluation.com +971 50 810 8334
Alaqqad Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 878768 24391 dubai@alaqqadgroup.com +971 55 770 6700
Albawsala Real Estate Valuation Services 800565 20762 info@albawsala-me.com +971 4 244 8348
Aneet Real Estate Valuation Services 886796 23838 info@aneetproj.com +971 4 326 3946
Appraisal Hub Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 799122 20668 info@appraisal-hub.com +971 55 666 5338
Asteco Real Estate Valuation Services (br of Asteco Property Management L.L.C) 772539 17448 info@asteco.com +971 60 054 7773
B A C S Real Estate Valuation Services 637033 17219 info@britisharabian.com +971 50 749 3326
C B R E Dubai L.L.C 583633 1032 uae@cbre.com +971 4 437 7200
C N C Property Valuation Services L.L.C 655576 16970 info@cncmena.com +971 4 250 0331
Cavendish Maxwell Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 614583 17429 dubai@cavendishmaxwell.com +971 4 453 9525
Chadils Valuation and Advisory Services 747655 17220 / +971(0) 4 297 6300
Chesterton International Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 672644 17251 dubai@chestertons.com +971 4 381 0200
Continental Real Estate Valuation L.L.C 568656 18439 / +971 4 330 9090
Core Real Estate Valuation L.L.C 788845 19776 info@core-me.com +971 4 245 2100
Credence and Co. For Real Estate Valuation Services Est. 1012105 28629 info@cnco.ae +971 (58) 985 5344
Deft Valuation Services L.L.C 1050937 29880 info@deftvaluation.com +971 56 469 6000
Dubai Islamic Bank (Public Joint Stock Company) 208098 17154 / +971 04 295 3000
Hamptons International Dubai (L.L.C) (branch) 755690 17083 enquiries@hamptons.ae +971 4 366 1662
Hometree Real Estate Valuation Services 1010453 28646 / +971 0 48 828 7272
Valuation companies in Dubai - Table 2/2
Company name License Number RERA Registration Number Email Phone
JLL Valuation L.L.C 769614 18731 / +971 4 426 6999
Knight Frank Valuation Services L.L.C 769269 18366 / +971 (0) 4451 2000
Land Sterling Property Consultants L.L.C 629393 16967 info@landsterling.com +971 4 380 8707
Mena Real Estate Solutions LLC - Dubai Branch 751623 20966 / +971 4 453 7400
MPM Properties L.L.C Dubai Branch 657812 5237 mpmagency@adib.com +971 (2) 6100 252
National Investor Property Management L.L.C - Dubai Branch 581627 17291 info@tni.ae +971 2 619 2300
Pioneers Surveyors and Loss Adjusters 128342 28384 psla@psladubai.com +971 (0)4 297 4404
Rbsa Valuation Advisors L.L.C 728479 17442 dubai@rbsa.in +971 52 617 3699
Realpoint Real Estate Consultancy L.L.C 621704 16966 info@realpoint-me.com +971 4 331 1110
Reliant Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 778055 18709 mail@reliantsurveyors.com +971 52 902 2965
Savills Real Estate L.L.C 106589 422 / +971 4365 7700
Signature Reality Homes Real Estate L.L.C 895079 24292 info@signaturehomesdubai.com +971 56 548 7960
Sinchro Imovalue International Real Estate Valuation 821374 22064 valuations@sinchroadvisory.com +971 04 244 5612
SZZ Properties L.L.C 617344 2040 info@szz.ae +971 55 966 9977
Taqyeem For Real Estate Valuation Services 960767 26987 valuation@taqyeemuae.com +971 56 899 0500
Thirty Four Real Estate Valuation 765079 20698 info@valuation.ae +971 52 190 1127
Vakson Real Estate L.L.C 221775 10623 info@vakson.com +971 4 303 9222
Valustrat Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 784666 19374 business.enquiries@valustrat.com +971 55 341 3000
Windmills Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C 774101 17481 service@windmillsgroup.com +971 52 589 1366
Valuation companies in Abu Dhabi
Company name License Number Registration Number Email Phone
3 D Appraisal International Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.C - Branch of Abu Dhabi 1 CN-4591684 202202337609 info@3dappraisalintl.com +971 52 2222 401
Abu Dhabi Commercial Engineering Services LLC CN-1011662 202202730627 contactadce@adcb.com +971 2 697 3777
Al Manara Alsatiaa Real Estate Management L.L.C CN-2406432 202202661094 info@almanaraproperty.ae +971 050 681 0334
Alaqqad Real Estate Valuation Services L.L.Cs - Branch Of Abu Dhabi 3 CN-3729767 202202437065 abudhabi@alaqqadgroup.com +971 55 770 6700
Capstone Real Estate L.L.C CN-3029379 202202810904 info@capstoneuae.com +971 2 445 2122
Cavendish Maxwell Real Estate L.L.C CN-2080468 202200850471 abudhabi@cavendishmaxwell.com +971 2 448 4677
Cbre Emirates L.L.C CN-1073679 202202272092 uae@cbre.com +971 2 619 7800
Chesterton International L.L.C CN-1151342 202201486690 abudhabi@chestertons.com +971 2 447 3100
First Abu Dhabi Properties - Sole Proprietorship L.L.C CN-1179217 202203122668 / +971 2635 4444
Jones Lang Lasalle UAE Limited - Abu Dhabi CN-1011526 202200774959 / +971 2 443 7772
Knight Frank UAE Limited - Abu Dhabi CN-1189910 202200709560 / +971 (0) 4451 2000
Land Sterling Properties - Branch Of Abu Dhabi 1 CN-2976299 202201261914 / +971 2 410 3560
MPM Properties L.L.C CN-1154203 202202204818 mpmagency@adib.com +971 (2) 610 0252
Mena Real Estate Solutions L.L.C CN-1714165 202202233323 / +971 2 619 2370
Property Shop Investmemt L.L.C CN-1100434 202102069248 / +971 2 205 2888
RBSA Advisors L.L.C CN-4351424 202202699731 abudhabi@rbsa.in +971 52 617 3699
Seniors Group CN-1079936 202203038615 info@seniorsrealestate.ae +971 50 220 6220
Sustainble Homes Real Estate CN-2544693 202200379046 info@sustainblehomes.ae +971 2 666 6030

Moving forward

In light of this information, you now have a better understanding of what a property valuation is and why it is important when buying or selling a home in the UAE, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 
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