Confusion surrounding property services charges in Dubai could well be a thing of the past following the publication of a new emirate-wide survey.
The study, conducted by the Middle East Facility Management Association (Mefma), allows residents to compare the charges that they pay with the Dubai average, thenational.ae reported.
It found that the average charge for residential towers in Dubai came to Dh13.42 per square foot, with around 40 per cent of that total covering utilities, including district cooling.
According to Mefma, the publication of the survey will help to increase transparency in the market.
The group also looked at the minimum service levels that facility managers should be required to provide, for example, on security guards and waste management.
"It will help standardisation of service charge calculation, assist in maintaining quality of buildings through minimum service levels and give a broad idea of service charge costing in various markets," Dilip Khatwani, a Mefma board member who led the focus group, told the news provider.
"These issues have long been of concern in the market."