The Dubai property regulator has started issuing identity cards to brokers as part of its clean-up of the sector.

The system will see agents that are registered with the Real Estate Regulatory Agency given one of four types of colour-coded cards, which will allow them to sell a particular type of property in a specified area.

It is part of a plan to improve the property industry’s regulation by giving RERA greater control and reinforcing investor confidence in a sector hurt by falling prices, fraud and contractual disputes.

The National