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Construction Disputes in the UAE – the Common Issues Ten Years On (Part 2)

By Eric Teo* - Head of International Practice & Special Projects This is the second part of my two-part article revisiting an article written almost ten years ago about the common contractual issues in the UAE's construction industry (the old article[1]). In part one[2], I highlighted that these issues still prevail in the UAE and that they are consistent with the findings of Arcadis in its 2019 report[3] regarding the top causes of construction disputes in the Middle East. In part one, I have discussed issues concerning: (i) the contractor’s right to suspend works, (ii) the engineer's...
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Key Distinctions in the Legal Landscape between the UAE and India that Indian Investors in the UAE need to understand when considering Investing

By Shoeb Saher - Senior Counsel Indian companies with robust balance sheets, ready access to capital and strong positions in their domestic markets are increasingly looking to expand globally to new growth markets as the local markets become saturated. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region shows immense potential for growth; however, companies often wonder how to manage the downside risks, including political instability, infrastructure deficits, difficulty in attracting top talent, environmental degradation and other challenges associated with the MENA region. The United Arab ...
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United Advocates visits the conference held at The Madrid Chamber, Spain, to talk about the business opportunities in Egypt and the Mega Project

United Advocates visits the conference held at The Madrid Chamber, Spain, to talk about the business opportunities in Egypt and the Mega Project
On Wednesday, October 23, United Advocates in collaboration with The Madrid Chamber organized a day to explore the business climate of Egypt. Our  Chairman, Mr. Abdallah Alzari and CEO, Mr. Walid Jumaa along with our Spanish Partner, Ms. Maria Rubert, represented United Advocates in the conference held at the headquarters of the Chamber (Plaza de la Independencia) and talked about the business opportunities in Egypt and the Mega Project. "We encourage companies to take advantage of the collaborative climate between Spain and Egypt to explore the business, cooperation, and investment opportu...
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Construction Disputes in the UAE – the Common Issues Ten Years On (Part 1)

By Eric Teo* - Head of International Practice & Special Projects In 2010 I co-wrote an article highlighting the common contractual issues or disputes that were plaguing the construction industry in the UAE (the old article)[1].  That article was published when the industry was going through a very tough economic environment following the global financial crises that started with the US subprime crisis in late 2007.  Almost ten years on, the same issues are still prevalent in the industry. The Arcadis’ 2019 Global Construction Disputes Report[2] described the following situations as the...
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Launching ceremony of China Eastern Airline’s new Dubai-Qingdao and Dubai-Xi’an flight routes

Launching ceremony of China Eastern Airline’s new Dubai-Qingdao and Dubai-Xi’an flight routes
  Our Mr. Walid Jumaa and Mr. Eric Teo attended our client’s event (China Eastern Airlines) in conjunction with the launching ceremony of their new Dubai-Qingdao and Dubai-Xi’an flight routes. The launch marks the further expansion of China Eastern Airline business in the region. The ceremony was held on 16 October 2019 at the Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road and attended by several dignitaries including the Chinese Consulate-General in Dubai and VIPs from Dubai Airport and the Dubai Chinese business community.
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A Talk on What You Need to Know When Doing Business in the UAE

A Talk on What You Need to Know When Doing Business in the UAE
On 5 September 2019, our Head of International Practice & Special Projects, Mr Eric Teo gave a talk to the Malaysian government agencies in Dubai. The talk were attended by the new Consul General of Malaysia in Dubai, Tuan Mohd Hasril Abdul Hamid and various heads of agencies from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, Malaysian Trade, Tourism Malaysia, Malaysian Timber Council and Education Malaysia. During the talk, Mr Teo briefly explained the UAE legal system and common business practices that foreign investors should know when doing business in the UAE. In recent years, th...
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Recent Changes Made to Payment Orders as per the new regulations of the Civil Procedures Law

The UAE cabinet recently approved amendments to Federal Law No. 11 of 1992 on the Civil Procedure Law by supplementing certain provisions via cabinet resolution number 57/2018 which came into effect on 16 February 2019. In this article we will stress on the changes made to the “Payment Orders” section by highlighting the below main points of difference from the previous regulations governing such procedures; as follows: 1.The new procedures now permit the creditor to commence such legal claims if their rights are established via electronic means confirming the monies owed to them by the de...
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Women’s Rights and UAE Divorce Proceedings

This article focuses on the rights of women during and after the divorce. Referring Article 110 to 135 of the Personal Status Law,  failure to pay the prompt dowry (mahr), physical or mental abuse proved upon provision of medical reports, prejudice & dissension, non-payment of maintenance, adultery, desertion for more than 4 months, detention or jail sentence for more than three years, Ila'a (if the husband swears not to have sexual intercourse with his wife for four months or more) and Zihar (where the husband compares his wife's body to another woman) are the main grounds that can be use...
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Basic guide to UAE Employment Contracts

There are mainly two types of employment contracts in the Labour system of United Arab Emirates, namely Unlimited Contracts and Limited Contracts. In this article, we will be evaluating the key differences in both the contracts in accordance with the UAE Federal Law No. 8 of 1980. Both the Unlimited and limited Contracts have a commencement date however, only the latter has an expiry date and the former does not. In both the contracts, the work nature, contract nature (limited/ unlimited), work place, notice period, and remuneration has to be specified in detail. As a matter of practice,...
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