Rent dispute cases in Dubai dropped by more than 50% in the first quarter of 2010, compared to the same period last year, a top official has said.

Dubai recorded 943 rent dispute cases as opposed to 2,003 cases in Q1 2009, Mohammad Al Sheikh, general secretary, Dubai Rent Committee, said in comments published by Emirates Business on Thursday.

Dispute numbers were 40% lower in 2009 from the previous year, he told the paper.