New rules being introduced to the property market in Abu Dhabi will see thousands of expatriates receive the titles to their houses for the first time.
Officials have said that owners will be required to register their plot and given a deed of title on freehold property, which has never been granted before.
In the past most expats have only had the sales contract for their houses to show that they own a property and have received no recognition from the government, reports 7Days.
It is hoped that the change in policy will prevent the disputes between developers and property buyers that have become common in recent years.
Areas such as Al Reem, Al Raha Beach and Sowwah Island have a large number of freehold properties as they were part of a bid to encourage expats to purchase homes.
It has taken more than five years to bring about these newest changes, which will be welcomed by many expats.