Escrow Account Regulations – Abu Dhabi


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Facilities Management Magazine – GCC edition

Our Group Managing Partner, Mr. Mahmud Merali talks about accounting methods used in portfolio asset evaluation across the Gulf and the adoption of lifecycle based approaches to managing property developments in the region. Follow the link below to read his interview published in the Facilities Management Magazine (GCC Edition) Dec 2013-Feb 2014 edition.

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Approved Employer - ACCA

The Approved Employer scheme for Professional Development recognizes organizations which provide quality learning opportunities for ACCA members in the workplace to support their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

MERALI’S was assessed against a number of best practice learning and development requirements and met the specific criteria set by ACCA.

ACCA Approved Employers also benefit from a range of products and services developed by ACCA that can be made available to all audit and finance staff.

Sheen Zhao, Resident Partner of MERALI’S said she was pleased with the endorsement which carries with it “recognition and prestige”.

“Our approach to professional development aims to ensure that learning and development opportunities are relevant to our employees at all phases of their career. Achieving Approved Employer status assures our employees that MERALI’S is meeting a global standard of development.”
Mr. Mahmud Merali, Group Managing Partner expressed his delight on the achievement. I am pleased that our professional development plan has been recognized by ACCA. We have seen the benefits within the organization of providing appropriate learning and development opportunities for our staff. Not only does it mean that individuals keep up to date with relevant information but it also improves morale and staff retention.”

This means that MERALI’S has demonstrated its commitment to providing Continuing Professional Development (CDP) in audit, accounting and finance, and facilitated the training opportunities for the development of professional and trainee accountants on staff.







Service Charge Survey 2013

MERALI’S actively participated in this region’s largest and most respected real estate event of this year – CITYSCAPE GLOBAL 2013.

MERALI’S proudly presents it’s very recent publication of the Service Charge Survey 2013 - in collaboration with the much esteemed Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA).

Providing an in depth analysis of the service charges in the Dubai real estate industry, this emirate-wide survey, with much confidence, is expected to improve market standards, raise awareness and boost transparency in the emerging real estate market of Dubai.

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Service Charge Report 2013



Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

As on June 27, 2013 - Merali’s was awarded the Platinum Approved Employer Trainee Development status by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Merali’s is one of the very few independent organizations in United Arab Emirates who has been awarded with the Platinum Employer accreditation from ACCA.

Commenting on the accreditation, Merali’s Resident Partner Ms. Sheen Zhao stated, “At Merali’s, we are committed to providing a platform on which associates can build a career, whilst nurturing professional growth. We support professional education of student associates by providing financial assistance and full study support for ACCA qualification. Establishing partnerships with professional institutes such as ACCA is important to us both in terms of building capacity and validating the exposure we provide to students. We are delighted to receive the ACCA Platinum accreditation under Approved Employer-Trainee Development stream, recognizing our commitment towards nurturing young talent.”



Platinum Approved status is awarded to employers who meet ACCA's standards of best practice in all of the following key areas:

  • Study Support
  • Work Experience
  • Supervision
  • Appraisal & Workplace Development
  • Training Records
  • Continuous Development of Staff

In order to receive accreditation at this level, employers must provide full financial support and be able to demonstrate senior management commitment to the training and development of staff.

Merali’s training staff has achieved outstanding success in the ACCA examinations, and many of our employees have also achieved ACCA membership recently. To help our people succeed in the ACCA examinations, we offer them a structured training & development program, which includes the following:

  • Students are provided with full financial support and paid leave to enable them to attend structured study and revision courses for each paper attempted for the first time.
  • Work experience is organized to meet Merali’s long-term staffing and skills needs.
  • Merali’s senior management team monitors the overall performance and development of staff.
  • Broader employee and organizational development plans or programs (such as management development programs, succession plans, change management programs etc).
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) records are also maintained for members (and other qualified professional staff) for whom CPD is mandatory.
  • CPD records are monitored to ensure individuals obtain an appropriate amount of structured and unstructured CPD

Merali’s Partner Mr. Mahmud Merali expressed delight at receiving the accreditation and said, “The partnership with ACCA will not only provide us access to products specifically customized for approved employers, but also provide a platform for us to increase awareness of the opportunities within this industry and, as such, look forward to collaborating with ACCA towards capacity building.”

"All accounting trainees are given full financial support and paid leave to enable them to attend structured study and revision courses for each paper on their first sitting. Senior management teams monitor the overall performance and development of our trainees, guaranteeing that they are properly supervised and assisted. Training is conducted using ACCA's Student Training Record as a guide. This, together with Merali’s unique internal communication process, works towards building the managers of tomorrow.”