Building defects are a key concern in the construction industry. Defects represent not only a loss to the project but also hamper the smooth operation of a building. The UAE construction industry accounts for heavy defects during DLP (Defects Liability Period) that lead to significant rework, delays in project handover, disputes and construction claims t among construction parties. This paper presents preliminary findings of a research study which is investigating defects management practices in the UAE. The paper presents an overview of construction defects, defect types and main causes of construction defects. The research findings are drawn from a literature review, and semi-structured interviews, which encapsulates UAE construction LAW and its implications in managing defects during defect liability period for different stakeholders. The paper highlights that future research is needed to investigate construction defects in relation to relevant work disciplines to identify root caused and remedies, which will improve overall defect management practice in the UAE construction industry.