United Arab Emirates: Rental Dispute Settlement Centre finds that COVID-19 is grounds for early termination of a lease

In brief

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla successfully obtained a recent judgement by the Dubai Rental Dispute Settlement Centre (RDC) in favor of the our client's request to terminate a lease contract due to COVID-19.


The RDC based its judgement on Articles 783 and 249 of the Civil Transactions Code, upholding that the economic losses sustained by the client, resulting in closure of the hotel where the employees work, are valid grounds for termination of the lease for the employees' housing accommodation. The RDC further rejected the defendant's request for compensation due to early termination by our client.

The full judgment in Arabic and English can be accessed in the links below.

We are happy to support you with your real estate and rental disputes and litigation matters. For further information, please reach out to one of the contacts above or your usual Baker McKenzie contact. 

Click here to download Judgement in Arabic and here for English translation.

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