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August 14, 2023

Buying Land: A Comprehensive Guide to Acquiring the Ideal Property

In Abu Dhabi, housing is a top priority for the government's commitment to the welfare of its citizens. To make housing more accessible, the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority has introduced the 'My Home' initiative, which offers a variety of designs to accommodate different plot sizes for residential buildings. With this initiative, citizens have the freedom to choose a design and get started on construction without having to go through the hassle of hiring engineering firms for custom designs. This saves time, effort, and money, making it easier for people to build their dream homes.

Building a home tailored to your design is a dream for many, and the first step is buying land. The Abu Dhabi Housing Authority has streamlined this process, and in this article, we will discuss how to buy land for property development.

The Process of Buying Land

One of the most important things to consider when buying land is your purpose. Are you looking to build a home or invest in the land? By identifying your objective, you can better determine what type of land is best for you and navigate the necessary procedures. Luckily, the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority offers various services to assist with this process - from loan applications for residential land and units to home maintenance. Additionally, they provide housing grants under certain conditions.

To begin, submit a residential land purchase request to the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority. You'll need your Emirates ID, and you can submit the request online or in person at one of their branches. You can then track your request through their website.

How to Choose the Right Land

Buying property is a significant decision, with many factors to consider. Here are some tips to guide you:

Know Your Needs

Think about the type and size of the property you want to build. Do you envision a large house with many rooms, a garden, or a pool? Understanding these preferences will help you choose the right land. Consider the future growth of your family and lifestyle changes that might affect your needs.

Visit the Site Yourself

Don't rely solely on pictures. Visit the land to understand its location, surroundings, and the allowed building height in the area. Consider the neighbourhood's safety, accessibility, and proximity to essential services like schools, hospitals, and shopping centres.

Ensure the Legal Status

Verify the legality of the land and the owner's right to sell it to avoid future legal issues. This includes checking for liens, easements, or zoning restrictions that might affect your plans.


Set a budget or explore financing options from banks to avoid wasting time on properties outside your budget. Consider interest rates, loan terms, and your financial stability.

Search and Compare

Explore various areas and compare them in terms of

Land sizes.
Views from the homes.

Find the option that best fits your needs and capabilities.

Consult Experts

Consider seeking advice from real estate agents or lawyers specialising in real estate. Reputable companies like Aldar offer residential and investment land sales services with many features.

Stages of Building the House

Once you've completed the purchase and obtained the land ownership contract, you can start building the home you've always dreamed of. Here's what to expect:

Planning and Design

Collaborate with an engineering office to plan the property, including dividing the land, choosing the building's style, and designing the interior layout. Consider energy efficiency, sustainability, and long-term maintenance in your design.

Obtaining a Permit

Apply for the necessary building permit with all relevant documents, including land papers, national identity, and engineering designs. Ensure compliance with local building codes and regulations.

Construction Execution

This stage involves contracting with a builder to start construction. It may last more than a year, so patience is vital. Communicate directly with the engineer or contractor rather than instructing the workers. Regularly monitor progress and maintain open communication to avoid misunderstandings.

Preliminary Receipt

Once construction ends, inspect everything before finalising the contract with the contractor. Consider hiring a professional inspector to ensure everything is up to standard.

Interior Design

Work with interior designers to create a calming and relaxing environment inside the house. Consider your style, comfort, and functionality in the design.

Final Delivery

After decorating and furnishing the house, you can finally move in and enjoy your new home. Consider a final walkthrough with the designer to ensure everything meets your expectations.

Why Choose Al Dar?

We present a variety of options for buying land that suits both residential construction or investment, and our offerings come with several benefits:

Spaces with breathtaking coastal views.
Prices that are highly competitive.
Flexible payment options for the required amount.
Land that is fully prepared and equipped for construction.
Opportunities to own property in some of Abu Dhabi's most luxurious areas.

Contact us for your real estate needs. With our expertise, we'll guide you through each step, ensuring a smooth journey to homeownership.