Publications

Service of Proceedings

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 enhanced changes made to the “Service of Proceedings” by highlighting the below salient points; as follows: 1. The time scale for the servin...
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Economic Substance Regulations

The UAE Cabinet has issued Ministerial Resolution No.31 of 2019, requiring all in-scope UAE entities which conduct certain activities (Relevant Activities) to have demonstrable economic substance in the UAE. As a result of the promulgation of the Resolution, the UAE was removed from the European Union's blacklist by the Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation. The Regulations apply to all...
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Execution of civil decrees passed by courts in the UAE can be enforced in India

The Republic of India and the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations in 1972, and India is considered to be one of UAE’s largest partner in many aspects. In January 2020, the Ministry of Law and Justice in India issued a gazette declaring the UAE as a "reciprocating territory" for the Code of Civil Procedure and identifying the superior courts in the UAE, thereby facilitating the...
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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 2...
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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 r...
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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 subpri...
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Doing Business in the UAE

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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 su...
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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 (...
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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 t...
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