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law_justice_book_jus_act-256 Travel Ban in the UAE

The third chapter of the Constitution of the United Arab Emirates, dealing with freedoms, rights and public duties, stipulates in its Article 29, that “freedom of movement and freedom of residence shall be guaranteed to citizens within the limits of the law”. That means that a person cannot be banned or prevented from traveling outside the UAE, unless the law permits such a deportation or ban. Read more…

law_justice_book_jus_act-256 Companies Buying Real Estate in Dubai

The type of company that can purchase property in Dubai is dependent on where the property is located, the nationality of the owner of company and the structure of the company.   The restrictions on purchase of property by foreign companies has been heightened to keep in mind the anti-money laundering legislation. Read more…

law_justice_book_jus_act-256 UAE Agency Law

Federal Law No.18 of 1981, as amended by Federal Law No.14 of 1988, Federal Law No.13
of 2006 and Federal Law No.2 of 2010 (“the Agency Law”) governs commercial activities
relating to agency and distribution agreements (“Agency Agreement”). Read more…

law_justice_book_jus_act-256 New UAE Bankruptcy Law

The new UAE Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2016 (the “Bankruptcy Law”) was finally approved by the UAE Cabinet on 4 September 2016. This new Law is expected to put some light on the regulation on how companies should deal with their financial health issues. Read more…

law_justice_book_jus_act-256Value Added Tax in the UAE to be implemented in 2018

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a general, indirect, consumption tax. It is imposed on supply of goods and services. VAT is charged at each step of the ‘supply chain’ with consumers bearing the VAT cost. Businesses act as collectors of the tax on behalf of the government. Read more…

Post Termination Restriction Rightslaw_justice_book_jus_act-256

There is always a concern that hovers over the Employer upon departure of the Employee, especially where the Employee has been privy to confidential information and know-hows of the Company. The Ministerial Resolution No. 297/2016 published earlier this year paved way to enforce a post-termination restriction in order to safeguard the interests of the Employer. Read more…

DIFC Courts Wills and Probate Registrylaw_justice_book_jus_act-256

The DIFC Courts Wills and Probate Registry (WPR) is aimed at creating certainty and security for non-Muslim expats who do not want UAE laws of succession to apply to their assets.   The DIFC is the first jurisdiction where non- Muslims are able to register a will under common law rules. Read more…

Musataha Agreementlaw_justice_book_jus_act-256

With the rapid growth in business and infrastructure resulting in the high influx of foreign nationals into the United Arab Emirates, investment opportunities in land and protection of interests need to go hand in hand.Read more…

law_justice_book_jus_act-256General View on key changes of the New Commercial Companies Law of 2015

This article aims to summarise the key changes to the existing commercial companies law and highlight the improvements made to the framework of the old CCL, in an effort to modernise the governance of companies in the UAE. Read more…

 Corporate Structuring in the UAElaw_justice_book_jus_act-256

The United Arab Emirates has been able to grasp the attention of the entire world due to the opportunities and flexible structures it provides to businesses. The large number of free zones operating in Dubai and throughout the UAE allows investors to pick and choose the most beneficial form of setup. By now, UAE Free Zones are home to around 40.000 companies. Read more…

New UAE Labour Lawslaw_justice_book_jus_act-256

UAE has flourished over the last 44 years. A significant increase in the workforce population has been noted over time as a result of increased investment opportunities and developmental projects. The workforce population in UAE is dominantly comprised of South Asians. With the onset of various projects, it is noted that more job opportunities are introduced which in turn satisfy the project requirements thus leading to a high influx of expatriates over the years. Read more…

Cyprus Where Invesment Opportunities Prevaillaw_justice_book_jus_act-256

Cyprus has long established itself as a one of the hubs for international investments. The corporate and legal activities emerging through Russia, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Singapore have seen a huge growth over the last 20 years. Read more…

Will a “will” help in the UAE for non-muslim expats?law_justice_book_jus_act-256

It is a debatable proposition as to how the movable and immovable assets of non-muslim expats in the UAE will be dealt with, upon their demise. There are conflicting views whether the laws of deceased home country shall apply on inheritance matters or the local UAE laws, i.e; shariah laws will prevail. Read more…

Sale and Purchase Agreementslaw_justice_book_jus_act-256

Dear readers, We thank you for your questions. In light of the great number of questions mostly regarding Purchasers’ possibility to terminate Sale and Purchase Agreements (“SPAs”) when Developers (“Seller”) fail to fulfill their contractual obligations we cover below the largest possible number of inquiries by presenting an introductory post which we hope sets the parameters of current real estate disputes in Dubai. Read more…

law_justice_book_jus_act-256Offshore Property Ownership

Recent developments have raised reasonable doubts regarding who is entitled to own real estate property in Dubai. This post aims to clarify who particularly which entities can own real estate properties in Dubai. Pursuant to Law No. 7 of 2006 concerning Property Registration in the Emirate of Dubai  Read more…

Divorce and Custodial Rightslaw_justice_book_jus_act-256

The UAE has the highest rate of divorce in the GCC. According to the data released by the Dubai Statistics Centre, the divorce cases in the UAE increased by 40 percent for expatriate couples, 7 percent for Emirati couples, and 25 percent for Emiratis married to expatriates. Read more…

Different Business Structures in the UAElaw_justice_book_jus_act-256

This article focuses on different legal business structures in Dubai and the most common and preferred business structures. In general, foreign entities with an intention to establish a commercial presence in the UAE opt for a Limited Liability Company. They can also incorporate their business in any of the UAE Free Zones or can establish a Branch office or Representative office. Read more…