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02 February 2023
Corporate Tax in the UAE: How may this affect your business?

The UAE Ministry of Finance recently published the Federal Law No. 47/2022 on the Taxation of Corporations and Businesses (“Corporate Tax Law.”) The Corporate Tax Law was issued on December 9, 2022, in an effort to aid the UAE in achieving its strategic objectives and accelerate the country’s development and transformation.

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27 January 2023
The Jewel in the Crown- The Supreme Committee of Medical Liability – Breaking the Log-jam

Federal Decree No 4 of 2016 and Cabinet Resolution No 40 of 2019 (‘the New Law’) are key pieces of legislation which lead to a seismic shift in how medical malpractice claims are dealt with in the United Arab Emirates.

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24 January 2023
Arab Health 2023 – Too Tough to Talk About or A Stitch in Time Saves Nine?- Should Medico Legal Issues be on the Agenda?

At the end of this month, the medical world will descend upon our fair city for the 2023 edition of Arab Health. Impressive statistics underscore the importance of this event and announces in the post-Covid Era that the Big Event is back- bolder and bigger than before. 3,000 Exhibitors from 70 Countries. Over 50,000 live visitors. 9 Medical Conferences. 300 plus speakers. 150 sessions.

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17 January 2023
Strength in numbers – How class actions enable individual voices to be heard.

It may have happened to you. You made an investment in a publicly listed company based on their information, only to later learn it was misleading, or you purchased a product only to later discover it was harmful. In both cases, your loss might be less or more severe in either situation. If several people have experienced a comparable loss, it could be reasonable for them to combine their claims, so the total amount is significant enough to warrant a lawsuit. This is called a ‘class action’ lawsuit, represented by a group of people with related legal claims against one or more defendants such as investors, patients, consumers, or workers. Currently, the United Arab Emirates does not adopt a precise legal framework for class action lawsuits. This is because the legal system of UAE is based on the civil law system, which differs from the common law system where class actions are more frequent.

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13 January 2023
Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants will attend the World Litigation Forum 2023 Dubai

Fadi Hassoun, Partner & Head of Abu Dhabi Office, Manish Narayan, Partner & Head of Real Estate, and Sergejs Dilevka, Senior Counsel, will be attending the World Litigation Forum 2023 Dubai on January 17-18 at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Dubai. World Litigation Forum is a non-governmental for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Legal and to discuss the issues and challenged face by Legal peers around the globe.

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10 January 2023
Dubai government launches the Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’

On 4 January 2023, the Dubai government launched the Dubai Economic Agenda (‘D33’) with a view to grow the economy of Dubai by 2033 and position itself in one of the topmost global cities in the world. Located at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, Dubai has been a major gateway for international trade and commerce. Since 1971, Dubai’s economy has flourished and diversified with the support of a range of industries such as tourism, real estate, construction, oil and natural gas, financial services, and logistics to name a few. With the onset of 2023, the Dubai government has set a new goal for itself with the introduction of D33. D33 aims to double the economy of Dubai by 2033. The D33 Agenda will see Dubai carry out 100 transformational projects, bringing its FDI to over AED 650 billion and its foreign trade to AED 25.6 trillion, reaching an economic goal of AED 32 trillion. 400 cities around the world will be key trading partners, with a contribution of AED 100 billion alone from digital transformation projects.

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09 January 2023
UAE issues Resolution for percentage of Emirati lawyers and legal consultants in foreign law firms and legal consultancy offices.

Effective from 2 January 2023, Resolution No. 105 of 2022 in relation to percentage of Emirati lawyers and legal consultants in foreign law firm and legal consultancy offices. The percentage of Emirati lawyers and legal consultants who work in foreign law firms and legal consultancy offices, which are licensed and operate in UAE, must not be less than 20% of the total number of lawyer and legal consultants working in the law firm.

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02 January 2023
Galadari Alerts: UAE’s mandatory unemployment insurance begins on January 1, 2023

Effective from January 1, 2023, Federal Decree Law No. 13 of 2022 on Unemployment Insurance Scheme (“Unemployment Insurance Scheme”) has been issued and is mandatory for all Emirati and foreign employees in the private and public sectors. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation have signed an agreement with nine insurance companies, to launch the framework of the new Unemployment Insurance Scheme. The Unemployment Insurance Scheme will provide terminated employees with sixty per-cent (60%) of their basic salary for a period of up to three months, to a maximum value of AED 20,000.

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30 December 2022
English now permitted in the UAE mainland courts from 2nd January 2023

Effective from 2 January 2023, Arabic will no longer be the only language permitted in trials, proceeding and the issuance of judgements before UAE mainland courts. Further to the Federal Decree Law No. 42 of 2022 (The New Civil Procedures Law), English will be the government language for cases heard before certain judicial courts, as an exemption from the general rule.

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28 December 2022
What Remedies Does a Buyer Have for Defective Goods Under UAE Law and English Law?

In international sale contracts, the difficulty is often in determining exactly what obligations the terms of the contract create. This difficulty is not always apparent in negotiating the contract but becomes apparent when there is a dispute in which the parties argue that the terms in question hold different meanings. Merchant traders want to know the standard which the law applies so they can plan their business often do not have fine legal semantics in mind during contract negotiation. But they are subject to the niceties of the law in fixing their rights and obligations. This being stated, it would seem to follow that a high degree of legal certainty and predictability is required. This paper will consider the extent to which the law of the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) and the English law relating to termination recognize and provide for this need.

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22 December 2022
New Directives in the Domestic Worker Law

Effective from 15 December 2022, Federal Decree Law No. 10 of 2017 on Domestic Workers (“the Old Law”) has been updated and replaced by Federal Law 9 of 2022 Concerning Domestic Workers (“the New Law”). The Old Law, introduced in 2017, defined eighteen (18) occupations which fall under the scope of domestic workers, and set the provisions on domestic works labour contracts in relation to working hours, official leaves, recruitment agencies and the settlement of disputes.

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21 December 2022
Galadari Alerts: UAE issues Personal Status Federal Decree-Law for non-Muslims

Effective from 1 February 2023, Federal Decree Law No. 41 of 2022 on Civil Personal Status for non-Muslims (“Civil Family Law”) will introduce significant amendments to the family legislations. The provisions of the Decree-Law will apply to non-Muslims residing in the country unless someone adheres to the application of their country’s law. Non-Muslim foreigners may also agree to implement other legislation on family or personal status in the UAE instead of the provisions of this Decree-Law. Currently, the Federal Personal Status Law No. 28 of 2005 determines the rights of all parties in accordance with Shariah Law. The Federal Personal Status Law is one of the latest in a series of continuous efforts to modernise the UAE’s legal system.

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19 December 2022
Galadari Alerts: Joint Statement Released on UK and Dubai International Financial Centre Data Bridge.

With the continuous unprecedented growth of the amount of data created and stored, data protection has become a responsibility and obligation for everyone given the significant role data plays affecting the interests of individuals. The UK Government and the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) have released a statement to confirm their joint commitment to share in the responsibility to protect and enhance the concept of the ethical sharing of data between the UK and the DIFC.

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12 December 2022
Prominent Changes in the Law of Regulating the Legal Profession

Effective from 2 January 2023, Federal Law No. 23 of 1991 of regulating Legal Profession (“the Old Law”) will be repealed and replaced by Decree-Law No. 34 of 2022 of regulating the Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Professions (“the New Law”). The New Law welcomes important reforms and amendments, some of which were not permitted under "the Old Law."

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09 December 2022
"Psychological Techniques to Deal with Children in the Legal Field” pro-bono workshop.

Since March 2022, Galadari have had an exclusive partnership with The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (“DFWAC”). DWFAC is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE offering immediate protection and support services for women and children in the UAE against violence, child abuse and human trafficking.

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05 December 2022
Galadari expands Maritime and International Trade Practice with Partner hire.

Galadari Advocates and Legal Consultants announced the appointment of Maritime and International Trade partner Abdelhak Attallah.

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24 November 2022
Galadari Highlights: Dubai Arbitration Week Nov 2022

Dubai Arbitration Week 2022 was a hit. Not only was it very well attended by arbitration lawyers and pundits gathered from all four corners of the globe, but each of the sessions were overbooked and enjoyed by all. As an Emirati law firm, Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants were really pleased to have welcomed the arbitration community to its home.

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15 November 2022
Arbitration in the Metaverse
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14 November 2022
Multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses in construction contracts
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31 October 2022
Corporate Team of the Year category shortlist as part of The Oath Middle East Legal Awards.

Galadari Advocates and Legal Consultants are pleased to announce we have been shortlisted for the Corporate Team of the Year category as part of The Oath Middle East Legal Awards.

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27 October 2022
Partner promotion: Shani Salim

Galadari Advocates and Legal Consultants Strengthens its Trade, Transport and Logistics Offering by Promoting Shani Salim to Partner.

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04 October 2022
The UAE: Pioneering Tech-Innovation via Blockchain applications

The United Arab Emirates ("UAE") has proven to continuously build efforts to be a global frontrunner in innovative technology, endorsing its economic growth through its diversification policies. The government of Dubai proclaimed all government-related activities to be blockchain induced by 2030.

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19 September 2022
Decree No. 22 of 2022 : Dubai issues decree to boost real estate investment funds

Real estate investment funds (“REIFs”) are investment funds created to invest in real estate and real estate assets. REIFs enable individual investors to make multiple high-quality real estate investments at a lower cost, and allow them to diversify their real estate portfolio, thereby limiting their exposure to market risks. Dubai has successfully maintained its position as one of the most attractive destinations for real estate investments. To further drive the growth of the real estate sector, Dubai issued Decree No. 22 of 2022 On the Approval of Privileges to the Real Estate Investment Funds in the Emirate of Dubai (“Decree”) in July 2022. The Decree was issued with the intention to attract, promote and incentivise the establishment of REIFs in the Emirate of Dubai by providing them with certain privileges to enhance the position of Dubai as an international destination for property investment.

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01 July 2022
Partner promotion: Gerry Rodgers

Galadari Advocates and Legal Consultants promotion round continues with Corporate & Commercial lawyer Gerry Rogers nomination as Partner.

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06 June 2022
Update of Law No. 9 of 2022: new provisions for Digital Services in the Emirate of Dubai

In March 2022, the Dubai government announced a series of new provisions for its Digital Services titled “Dubai Law No 9/2022 on the Regulation of Digital Services Provided in the Emirate of Dubai". The aim is to accelerate its digital transformation, create accessibility for all Customers and maintain pace with the digital world. As the title suggests, this Law applies to Dubai, and no other Emirate.

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01 June 2022
Savings Scheme for the ex-pats working in Dubai: towards a different management of the End of Service?
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26 April 2022
Pro tips on how to revive your brand safely and effectively while mitigating IP risks
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05 April 2022
Dubai leading the way for regulating virtual assets in the MENA region with new Virtual Asset Law & Regulatory Authority

On February 28, 2022, H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued law No.4 of 2022, positioning Dubai and the UAE as a leading jurisdiction for the global virtual assets sector

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22 March 2022
Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants strengthens their offering and market position further with the promotion of Partner Raka Roy

Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants is pleased to announce the promotion of Intellectual Property and Data Protection Lawyer Raka Roy to Partner, as part of the firm’s strategic plans to bolster our commercial offerings.

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21 February 2022
Reduce. Reuse. Refill.

Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultant is supporting the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai in their Dubai Can initiative to reduce the single-use of plastic.

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10 January 2022
Dubai World Trade Centre established the first Dubai Crypto zone

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been at the forefront of conceptualizing and implementing a regulatory framework for licensing and facilitating blockchain and cryptocurrency activities and operations.

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23 August 2021
Advancement of renewable and sustainable projects in the UAE
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30 June 2021
The UAE Federal Decree-Law No. 17 of 2019

The State Public Prosecution posted a tweet on its social media accounts criminalizing the use of simulated weapons, models or structures similar to the forms of weapons with the intent of threatening others.

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09 August 2021
Crypto Asset Regulation in the United Arab Emirates
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22 September 2021
Decree No. 34 of 2021 Concerning the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)

On 14 September 2021, Decree No. 34 of 2021 Concerning the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (the Decree) was issued by the Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Decree came into force when it was published in the Official Gazette for the Government of Dubai No. 531 on 20 September 2021.

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20 June 2021
Dubai Courts Revise Judicial Practice Regarding Rate of Interest

On 9 June 2021, the Plenary Assembly of the Dubai Court of Cassation (the “Assembly”) issued a unanimous decision to revise its long-standing judicial practice in respect of the annual interest rate awarded in Dubai Court judgments.

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08 September 2021
Expo 2020: Does your contract make time of the essence to complete your work?
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23 March 2021
Bassem Daher joining as a Partner in its Dubai’s office
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15 March 2021
Senior Associate Sergejs Dilevka joining its ranks
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23 May 2021
Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding

Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants (“Galadari”) and SADER are delighted to announce their cooperation in a project aiming at improving the accessibility of legal information in the UAE. This cooperation falls under SADER initiative “UniPro project” which provides support to the young Arab legal community.

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07 September 2021
Gender equality under the UAE Laws

Traditionally, women have been the backbone of the social structure of the United Arab Emirates and they continue to remain a part of maintaining the nation’s culture. With the ongoing evolution of UAE society, the government has taken substantial steps towards gender empowerment and women’s inclusion in the political, economic and social spheres.

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08 March 2021
Galadari Celebrates Women's Day | Lawyers & Advocates in Dubai
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19 April 2021
Legal500, 2021 EMEA Results

We are pleased to present you the latest Legal 500 – 2021 EMEA results, where Galadari has achieved 4 practice rankings and 10 lawyers (including you) have been recognized as leaders in their area of expertise.

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13 September 2021
New Data Protection Law in the UAE

The law aims to strike a balance between an individual’s right to control the use and dissemination of their personal information, while also enabling private enterprises to monetise such personal information to grow and innovate. Under the new law, individuals have the right to access, the right to be forgotten, the right to correction, and the right to be informed. The law, in recognizing the needs of the private enterprises, also allows for the monetisation of personal data as long as there is consent on the part of the individual.

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02 August 2021
New economic initiative by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi: Reduction of the business setup and license renewal governmental fees
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22 November 2021
ESG update

The UAE Sustainable Finance Working Group, which is chaired by the ADGM and includes numerous federal and local UAE regulators and exchange authorities, such as the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of the UAE, NASDAQ Dubai, and the DFSA, has issued a High-Level Statement on Sustainable Finance earlier this month.

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23 September 2021
Expert report now required to register commercial lawsuits

Consistent with the Government’s commitment to fast track the litigation process, the UAE Cabinet issued Resolution No. 75 amending some provisions of Cabinet Resolution No. 57 of 2018 regarding the regulations of Federal Law No. (11) of 1992 on the Civil Procedures Law. In line with these amendments, the President of the Dubai commercial court issued the circular No. 9 of 2021 on 13 September 2021 (the “Circular”): specific commercial lawsuits are now required to be submitted with an expertise report along with a statement of claim at the time of registration before the court. In this article, we will go through the Circular’s additions, discussing its positive effects and the authoritative effect of consultancy expertise reports and reports prepared before filing lawsuits.

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01 July 2021
Registration of non-Muslim wills now available in the ADGM
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09 September 2021
A strategic framework for the country's political, economic, legislative and social development.
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16 August 2021
The ADGM Takes Action to Protect Data as the Country Welcomes the World This EXPO
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27 April 2021
UAE Data Protection Law 2021 update – Is your company compliant?

WDigital and Galadari recently provided some key insights into the recent DP Law update in the UAE, their implications, the risks associated with data breach and the practical steps that your businesses can undertake to ensure that you are ready for inspection.

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15 September 2021
UAE Projects of the 50: Emirati employment and entrepreneurship to be facilitated by new government initiatives

Since the launch of the Emiratization campaign (Tawteen in Arabic) in 2016, mainland established private companies are required to employ a certain number of UAE nationals, based on specific criteria related to their activity and size. All companies, however, should be publishing new employment offers on the Tawteen online portal (sometimes referred to as “Emiratization Board”), which gives priority to Emiratis to apply for these roles. With the new quota imposed to private companies, it is unknown whether the portal will remain or what role it may play in the future. Companies established in free zones are currently exempt from Emiratization and the recent announcements seem to not have impacted their status.

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20 September 2021
Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBO): UAE Business should maintain and file UBO register

Cabinet decision no. 58 of 2020 (the “UBO Decision”) entered into force on August 28, 2020 and replaced Cabinet Resolution No. 34 of 2020. The UBO Decision aims to ensure that there is complete disclosure and transparency by legal entities operating in the UAE. It does this by increasing the level of accountability required from registered legal entities in the UAE and by establishing effective and sustainable processes and regulatory procedures regarding beneficial ownership details.

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04 May 2021
Young Lawyers Mentoring Programme

This is your opportunity to gain valuable insights on how to kick start and progress your early legal career.

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09 February 2021
Dubai Courts implement procedures manual in personal status cases | محاكم دبي تعتمد دليل جديد في قضايا الأحوال الشخصية

On January 21, 2021, H.H Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashed, the Vice Ruler of Dubai, and the President of the Judicial Council has promulgated Resolution No. 3 of 2021 (“the Resolution”) approving the “Manual of Organizational Procedures in Personal Status Matters in Dubai Courts” (“the Manual”). The Manual aims at providing clear guidelines on rules, procedures, schedules, and templates within the Dubai Courts in personal status cases.

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07 February 2021
Gender Equality in the work place

Senior Counsel - Employment and Head of IP and Data Protection Raka Roy shares insights with the Emirates Green Building Council Women's Network on how the #UAE has implemented a series of regulations to promote #GenderEquality in the work place and beyond. The panel discussion also looked into practical ideas and measures that could help build more inclusive work environments in traditionally male dominated industries, such as #construction. #employment #building #sustainability #diversity #innovation

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28 January 2021
Practical Summary: Federal Law No. 15 of 2020 on Consumer Protection Law

Covid-19 has had a profound impact on consumer behaviour in the UAE, with an increasing number of transactions now completed from the safety of home. While this change has led to e-commerce growing exponentially in the UAE, such an unprecedented rise has also presented regulators with a new set of challenges, particularly in the context of consumers’ seeking to enforce their rights in e-commerce transactions. For instance, a total of 59,130 consumer complaints were received by Dubai Economy’s Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection Sector during 2020, an increase of 51 per cent compared to the 39,113 received in 2019.

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20 January 2021
Amendments to the GCC Patent Regulation: further updates on interim applications

The Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office (GCCPO) recently halted some provisions of the Patent Regulation, impacting the filing of patent applications across the region.

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11 January 2021
The importance of conducting Due Diligence in the UAE

Due diligence is commonly defined as an investigation, audit or review performed to confirm the facts of a matter under consideration. In the financial and legal world, due diligence typically requires an examination of original certificates, accounts, pending or threatened litigation and details of assets, to name a few. The due diligence stage is an essential element to a successful transaction as it allows the buyer to assess and verify the veracity of the relevant facts and information pertaining to the business in order to determine whether or not to proceed with the transaction.

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13 December 2020
Succession Planning for Family Businesses in the UAE

Family Businesses (“FBS”) are significant contributors to UAE’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), wealth creation and economic stability. However, research demonstrates that the survival rate of FBS over the generations is low. Several factors contribute to the low survival rate, from increased competition to lack of capital, with one of the key reasons being lack of succession planning. It is typical for high net worth individuals to delay succession planning indefinitely as they believe there is no threat to their health and safety. In context of the impact of COVID-19, FBS in UAE are now concerned as health of family patriarchs is at risk. FBS increasingly recognise the importance of succession planning to safeguard family interests and to ensure preservation of wealth.

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17 December 2020
Litigation, cloud and collaboration: How technology is increasing the efficacy and efficiency of legal teams webinar
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09 December 2020
Law Review: The Validity of Arbitration Agreements in Insurance Policies

Since the introduction of the new Federal Law No. 6 of 2018 on Arbitration (Arbitration Law) – there has been some uncertainty regarding the applicability of Article 7(2)(a) of the latter law in insurance policies and the validity of the written arbitration agreements within insurance policies per se.

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30 November 2020
Digital & Electronic Signature | Online Document Signing Dubai, UAE

As COVID-19 continues to spread, with new active cases being reported on an almost daily basis, the current status quo in the United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) is governed by state measures imposing quarantines, sanitary cordons and social distancing restrictions in an attempt to stop, or at least control, the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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29 November 2020
Non-nationals permitted to own 100% of a company in the UAE

On November 23, 2020, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued a decree amending the Companies Law No. 2 of 2015.

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17 November 2020
Dubai Arbitration Week 2020 | UAE Arbitration Law & Legal Services

Throughout Dubai Arbitration Week (16th - 19th November) junior associate, Ahmed Galadari, will be providing a recap of the sessions. We will be updating this running commentary at the end of each day;

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15 November 2020
New categories for golden residency visas announced

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the new list of eligible individuals to be granted the Golden Residency visa. He stated via his Twitter account “Today, we approved granting the 10-year, Golden Visa to all PhD holders in the UAE. Also, the Golden Visa will be granted to top graduates from UAE-accredited universities with a GPA of 3.8 and above. UAE Golden Vis will also include UAE-based physicians as well as engineers in the fields of computer science, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology.”

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09 November 2020
Legal update: UAE introduces several progressive legal amendments covering aspects of family law, criminal law and the civil code

On Saturday 7 November, the UAE introduced several progressive amendments to the Penal Code, Criminal Law and Inheritance Law. The decrees, issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, are seen as a continuation of the countries endeavours to develop legislative foundations and secure foreign direct investment. Effective immediately, the decrees cover divorce, wills and inheritance, amongst others, which will primarily affect the UAE’s expatriates, particularly when it comes to their affairs being dealt with by the laws of their home country.

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13 October 2020
Economic Substance Regulations in the UAE: Recap and Updates

Effective from 30 April 2019, the UAE issued economic substance regulations for certain businesses by way of Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No. 31 of 2019 (the “Original ESR Regulations”). Guidance on the ESR Regulations was issued on 11 September 2019 through Ministerial Decision No. 215 of 2019 (the “Guidance”).

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18 August 2020
Owners Committees for residential and commercial developments in Dubai

As per Law No. 6 of 2019 concerning the ownership of jointly owned real estate in the Emirate of Dubai (the “JORE Law”), the owners’ interests in a joint owned property (JOP) will now be overseen by an Owner’s Committees. The Owner’s Committee for each JOP shall be elected by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) and may have up to nine owners as committee members with a view to represent all the owners therein.

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16 July 2020
Resolution No.5 of 2020 [The formation of a committee to develop procedures for building permits in the Emirate of Dubai]

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has recently issued resolution No. 5 of 2020 amending certain provisions of Resolution No. 3 of 2017, regarding the formation of a committee to develop procedures for building permits in the Emirate of Dubai. The new resolution has amended Articles 2, 4, 8, 9 and 10 of the original resolution, which will be highlighted throughout this article.

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27 August 2020
Corporate Structuring - Part 3: Exit Strategies

This article constitutes the third in a series of articles which are intended to provide practical overviews of certain structuring tools which provide protection and/or flexibility in transactions. In this article we will explain considerations relating to the exit of a concerned party in a business venture.

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04 November 2020
Corporate Structuring - Part 2: Convertible Loan Notes

This article constitutes the second in a series of articles which are intended to provide practical overviews of certain structuring tools which provide protection and/or flexibility in transactions. In this article we will explain convertible loan notes.

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18 June 2020
Corporate Structuring article – Part 1: Rights of First Refusal and Options

This article constitutes the first in a series of articles which are intended to provide practical overviews of certain corporate structuring tools which provide protection and/or flexibility in transactions. These may be useful to a foreign investor when entering the UAE market or the Middle East region in general.

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27 July 2020
Defamation on social media platforms in the UAE

Social media is very often used by people to voice their opinions, and there have been several sociopolitical causes which have gained traction due to the awareness gathered on social networking platforms. However, users of such platforms should ensure that they practice a certain level of caution while using social media, as a casual comment made which causes harm or offense to the recipient could lead to criminal charges for defamation.

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21 July 2020
Amendments to the UAE Civil Procedure Law: Resolution No.33 of 2020

Pursuant to the amendments introduced by Cabinet Resolution No. 57 of 2018 in the UAE Civil Procedure Law, the Ministry of Justice has announced further proposals which were approved by the Cabinet under Resolution No. 33 of 2020 (the “Resolution”) on 30 April 2020. This Resolution amends certain previous amendments introduced by Cabinet Resolution No. 57 of 2018. The following article highlights the changes impacting civil litigation in the UAE.

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04 November 2020
The new DIFC Data Protection Law No.5 of 2020

On June 1st, 2020, the UAE Government enacted the DIFC Data protection Law no. 5 of 2020. His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC, stated: “By setting out the regulation, DIFC also sets a clear requirement for all organisations to follow global best practice relating to data and privacy.”

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04 November 2020
Free Zones Article - Part 3: Corporate Structuring using Free Zone entities

This article on Free Zones constitutes the last in a three-part series that deal with various worked examples of corporate structuring using Free Zone entities, commonly used by foreign investors, as they provide attractive benefits. The following examples envisage operations on the mainland, as explained in the scenarios, and are intended to demonstrate the integration between the best practices of Free Zones and the mainland as well as how these practices integrate and can be mutually beneficial.

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17 June 2020
Free Zones Article - Part 2: Advantages of Free Zone Companies

There are numerous benefits to incorporating a company in a Free Zone as opposed to incorporating a mainland UAE company, and in this article, we will summarise the most relevant ones.

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27 May 2020
Free Zones Article - Part 1: History of Free Zone

This article on Free Zones constitutes the first in a series of three that will deal with the general background to Free Zones, the entity types permitted in the Free Zones, how foreign investors and companies can benefit from establishing free zone entities and ultimately assessing various worked examples of corporate structuring using free zone entities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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08 April 2020
Welcome update on Official Fees for Trademark

The latest update on fees for trademark and enforcement of registration was certainly well received by local and international businesses

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08 April 2020
Out with the old, in with the new: Comparing DIFC

The UAE has implemented a major initiative to update its laws and procedures, by adopting best international practice to encourage

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08 April 2020
Abdulla Ziad Galadari has been recognized as...

We are pleased to announce the formal recognition of our Partner, Abdulla Galadari, who for the second-year running has been recognized

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08 April 2020
Global Legal Insights - International Arbitration

Maria Palmou and Daniel Brawn wrote the UAE Chapter in the Global Legal Insights book on International Arbitration

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08 April 2020
Enforcing the penalty clause within contracts

We are experiencing an increasing failure to enforce the penalty clause within contracts, Corporate & Commercial Partner

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08 April 2020
Are security cheques still an effective form of security

Cheques are the most commonly used commercial paper in the UAE not only

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08 April 2020
GDPR’s impact on UAE-based firms

Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants today held a seminar to discuss the potential impact of the soon-to-be implemented General Data

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08 April 2020
Legal Consultation - Inheritence Procedures

Hussein Demardash, Senior Associate, answers a question by one of the Arabic-language daily, Emarat Alyoum, regarding the procedures

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08 April 2020
International Arbitration 2018 - UAE

Our colleagues Maria Palmou and Thanos Karvelis coauthored the UAE chapter in the 2018 International Arbitration, which is published by Global Legal Insights (GLI). The chapter provides readers a detailed overview of arbitration in the UAE, including arbitration procedures and enforcement. International Arbitration 2018 - United Arab Emirates

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08 April 2020
Organ Transplant and the UAE Law

In an article featured in the Arabic-language daily, Emarat Alyoum, Senior Legal Consultant, Mahmoud Shakir Al-Mashhadani, discusses advances

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08 April 2020
Legal Consultation - Tax Evasion

In Emarat Alyoum's weekly legal consultation column, Abdulla Galadari, Partner, answers a reader's question about tax evasion

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08 April 2020
Mitigating the Risks Associated with Contracts

In an article titled 'Mitigating the Risks Associated with Contracts', Mojahed Al Sebae, Partner, highlights some of the areas that lead to contractual

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08 April 2020
AI in the judicial system, preserving our humane

Chairman of Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants discussed in an article that was published

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08 April 2020
Partnering for Progress

After attending the UAE Public Policy Forum that was held in Dubai in January 2018, under the theme of “Shaping the Future of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

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