Distribution of real estate in the UAE
If your Will is registered with the Notary Public, the provisions of the UAE Civil Code (Code) will apply to your estate in the UAE. Article 17(5) of the Code states that the laws of the UAE shall apply to the Wills made by aliens disposing of their real property in the UAE. A conservative interpretation of this would mean that the deceased local law will only apply to the moveable assets in the UAE.
However, if your Will is registered with the DIFC Courts Wills Service, your real estate assets will be distributed in accordance with your wishes stated in your Will. There is no room for interpretation in this regard under the DIFC Wills & Probate Registry Rules.