The Rental Disputes Settlement Centre (the “RDSC”) has been established in the Emirate of Dubai by Decree 26 of 2013. The RDSC is operating under the umbrella of the Dubai Land Department. Chaired by senior appeal judge Abdul Qader Mousa Mohamed Abdul Rahman, who has been appointed by Decree No. 28 of 2013, the RDSC will handle both commercial and residential disputes arising between leaseholders and tenants in the Emirate of Dubai, including the free zones of the Emirate. Based at the Dubai Land Departments’ head office, the RDSC was established with a mandate to provide fast resolutions on rental disputes; the aim of the RDSC is to resolve disputes within and optimum timeframe of 15 to 30 days. 10 committees have been established, from which 8 committees represent the first instance, while the appeal instance has been assigned to 2 committees. According to Article 16 of the decree No. 26 of 2013, all committees are required to issue their judgments within a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of referral of the case to them. First instance judgments may be appealed only in cases where the amount in dispute exceeds AED 100,000/-. 

The Dubai Land Department has now announced that the RDSC will commence operations from 17 November 2013 from Sunday to Thursday, from 7.30am-2.30pm and from 4:30pm.