Newsletters

  • The New UAE Product Safety Law

    A new Federal Law on product safety has been published in the UAE Official Gazette and will come into force in July 2019. This new law aims to ensure the safety of products supplied in the UAE and to facilitate trade between the UAE and international markets and is part of the UAE’s wider legal framework including the Food Safety Law and the Consumer Protection Law.

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  • New Employment Law In The DIFC

    The Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (“DIFCA”) has recently enacted a new DIFC Employment Law (the “New Law” or “Law”), which replaced the DIFC Employment Law (Law  No. 4 of 2005), as amended by Law No. 3 of 2012 (the “Previous Law”) in its’ entirety and will enter into force on 28th August 2019. Much of the structure and contents of the Previous Law is retained but in a number of instances existing principles were expanded or refined and would have to be considered for existing and new employment contracts. 

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  • Is Crypto Currency Halal?

    The European Central Bank explains virtual currency as a “digital representation of value that is neither issued by central bank or a public authority, nor necessarily attached to a fiat money or currency, but is accepted by natural or legal persons as a means of payment and can be transferred, stored or traded electronically”. Examples for virtual currencies include non-cryptocurrencies (e.g. in-game credits) and crypto currencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Stellar and many more.

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  • Implementation date for the issuance of long-term visa announced

    As part of the resolution in May 2018, and subsequent to the UAE Cabinet’s approval of the comprehensive long-term visa system for investors, entrepreneurs, specialised talents and outstanding students in November 2018 - also covered in our November news alert - the implementation date has now been announced as February 3, 2019 along with the formation of two committees to evaluate eligible candidates.

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  • Requirement of an Annual General Assembly Meeting

    The compliance requirements under UAE laws have reached new standards since the entry into force of the new UAE Federal Commercial Company Law No. 2 of 2015 as well as the VAT Decree-Law No. 8 of 2017, the Tax Procedures Law No. 7 of 2017 and the UAE Federal Bankruptcy Law No. 9 of 2016 In the past these aspects were disregarded by most companies and the absence or rarity of sanctions from the Ministry of Economy or the Ministry of Finance made various of the legal requirements subject of this newsletter relevant for those companies with more than one shareholder. 

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  • The Foreign Direct Investment law and associated sector list

    In our news alert dated 21st of May 2018, we announced the decision of the Cabinet to draft a federal law on the 100 % foreign ownership of UAE- based enterprises. Within 4 months the UAE government drafted and enforced the Federal Law by Decree No. (19) of 2018 regarding Foreign Direct Investment (FDI law). This law outlines, among other considerations, the framework under which it will be possible, in the near future, to establish a 100% foreign owned enterprise in the UAE.

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  • Video & Radio Interview with Celine Farhat, MENA LEGAL Consultant in Dubai business registration opportunities for investors

    Vivre a Dubai: s'expatrier a Dubai, s'implanter a Dubai, investir a Dubai [2014]

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    Céline Farhat, une Française à Dubaï [2014]

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  • Cabinet’s approval on long term visa system for UAE residents

    The decision of the Cabinet follows the previous decision approved earlier this year to grant investors ten-year residency visa, as well as to grant residency visas of up to 10 years for specialists in the medical, scientific, research and technical fields, and for scientists and creative talents of culture and arts. The visa benefits also include the spouse and the children to ensure a cohesive family and social structure and to create a stimulating environment for stability and growth.

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  • Abu Dhabi court introduces compulsory translation

    The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has announced the initiation of procedures that oblige the plaintiff in the civil and commercial cases to translate the case documents into English, in case the defendant is a foreigner.

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  • The new DIFC Companies Law

    On 12th November 2018 the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) enforced the new Companies Law (Law or New Law) with the objective to promote better shareholder and creditor protection and adapt the international best practice and comparable models by introducing a new classification of companies. The law intends to provide greater certainty and flexibility for companies.

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