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‘Retire in Dubai’ Programme Announced in Dubai
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

Afridi & Angell was pleased to have advised Dubai Tourism on the testamentary and inheritance framework in Dubai in the process leading up to the much-welcomed announcement of the ‘Retire in Dubai’ programme. The announcement, made on Wednesday 2 September 2020 offers resident expatriates and foreigners aged 55 and above an opportunity to retire in the Emirate. As part of the programme, eligible applicants will be provided a Retirement Visa, renewable every five years...

A Closer Look at Payment Orders under the UAE Civil Procedure Law
Afridi & Angell, June 2019

Several significant changes to the UAE Civil Procedure Law (Federal Law No. 11 of 1992 as amended) came into effect in February this year. An overview of these changes, brought about by Regulations promulgated pursuant to Decree by Law No 10 of 2017 and Cabinet Resolution No. 57 of 2018 (the Regulations) can be found in our inBrief of 12 February 2019...

Acquisition of UAE Nationality
Afridi & Angell, February 2021

The Government of the UAE made another milestone announcement on 30 January 2021, announcing a procedure for the granting of citizenship to foreign nationals in a bid to retain talent in critical sectors and to expand and diversify the economy. Nationality and citizenship in the UAE are governed by Federal Law No. 17 of 1972 Concerning Nationality and Passports, as amended by Federal Law No. 10 of 1975 and Federal Decree-Law No...

ADGM Announces Tech Start-Up Licensing Regime
Afridi & Angell, October 2018

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (the ADGM) recently announced the launch of a commercial license specifically catered towards tech start-ups that allows entrepreneurs to obtain an operational license in the ADGM and access to a Professional Services Support Program aimed at allowing entrepreneurs entry to a community of businesses, financial services and professional advisors...

ADGM Grows Up: Issues First Fines
Afridi & Angell, May 2019

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the financial free zone which began operations in 2015, has now come of age. On 14 April 2019 Mr Alexander Guy, Senior Executive Officer and Director at Eshara Capital Limited, had the uncommon honour of becoming the first named person to be fined by ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority. Eshara Capital, in its corporate capacity, was also fined in connection with the same contraventions...

Afridi & Angell’s Free COVID-19 Advice Hotline
Afridi & Angell, March 2020

We have been in the UAE helping clients manage and survive crises for 45 years, and these are unprecedented times in our lives. We will have to work together to overcome the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we at Afridi & Angell are ready to do our part. Until the end of March, we will offer free advice on legal issues affecting companies and employers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Amendments to Classification Requirements for Engineers and Contractors in Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, May 2019

Background Companies licensed to conduct engineering or contracting activities in Abu Dhabi must be classified by the Contractors and Consultants Classification and Engineers Registration Office at the Abu Dhabi Department of Town Planning and Municipalities. The applicable regulations setting out the classification requirements are not new and date back to 2009, although implementation was delayed until 2014. Subsequent to the 2009 regulations, new regulations were introduced in 2018...

An Overview of Legal Structures In The GCC Countries - Issues of Risk and Strength
Afridi & Angell, December 2006

The legal systems of the nations that comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- have undergone dramatic, radical and progressive change and development in the past 25 years, which is continuing...

Another Step in the Right Direction – The Dubai Court Introduces the Concept of a Pre-Trial Conference
Afridi & Angell, April 2021

The past couple of years have seen significant changes in litigation in the UAE Courts. On 31 March 2021, in what appears to be yet another move to modernize litigation in Dubai, the President of the Dubai Court of First Instance issued Circular No. 2 of 2021 (the Circular). The Circular introduces the concept of a ‘pre-trial conference’ into litigation in the Dubai Courts...

Application for an Anti-Suit Injunction: Dismissed
Afridi & Angell, November 2018

In an order dated at the end of 2018, the DIFC Court accepted that a party seeking an anti-suit injunction against proceedings in a foreign court must show that proceeding before the foreign court is or would be “vexatious or oppressive” to that party...

Be VAT Ready - Tax Procedures Law is Already Here
Afridi & Angell, August 2017

It has already been in the public domain for a while that VAT will be applicable in the UAE (and the GCC) from the beginning of 2018. Under the VAT regime, businesses will be collecting taxes on behalf of the government and will file tax returns accordingly. Although the tax is collected at each stage of value addition, the burden of tax falls only on the end consumer. For all the other stages, one can claim a refund. For this reason VAT is called ‘consumption tax’...

Blockchain: Hype vs Reality
Afridi & Angell, April 2018

Over the past 1-2 years, a great deal of information concerning the revolutionary technology that is “blockchain” has been published on many business, legal and technology news sources, and innumerable self-proclaimed authorities on the subject have emerged to contribute articles and presentations (ourselves among them)...

BVI Companies - Economic Substance Law
Afridi & Angell, April 2019

British Virgin Islands (BVI) companies are commonly used in the UAE by investors to hold real estate properties and/or shares in UAE companies. Investors need to be aware of a recently enacted BVI law, the Economic Substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) Act, 2018 (the Law), which introduces economic substance requirements in the BVI...

Cautious Optimism on 100 per cent Foreign Ownership
Afridi & Angell, May 2018

Recent media reports have suggested that 100 per cent foreign ownership of companies in the UAE will now be permitted. The reports are based on a government press release regarding a UAE Federal Cabinet (Cabinet) meeting held on 20 May 2018. The press release states that the Cabinet announced changes in the system of foreign ownership in the UAE allowing global investors to own 100 per cent of companies by the end of the current year...

Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes No Longer has Jurisdiction When a Bank is Party to Dispute
Afridi & Angell, May 2017

The Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes (the “Centre”) was established by Dubai Law No. 16 of 2009 and is entrusted with the task of attempting to mediate disputes, prior to such disputes being referred to court. The Centre is affiliated with the Dubai Courts and the mediators appointed in the Centre act under the supervision of a judge. If the parties reach a settlement, such a settlement must be recorded in writing, signed by the parties and attested by a judge...

Certificate of Good Conduct Required for all UAE Employment Visas
Afridi & Angell, January 2018

A new requirement will be introduced shortly that will affect all applications for employment visas. At the start of 2018, a Good Conduct and Behavior Certificate must be submitted along with the other supporting documents when an employer seeks to sponsor a residence visa for a new employee who is not a UAE national. It appears that the requirement will apply throughout the UAE, including the nation’s many free zones...

Changes to Anti-Corruption Regulation in the UAE
Afridi & Angell, January 2017

Changes to the UAE Penal Code (Federal Law No. 3 of 1987) (the “Penal Code”) at the end of 2016 have (i) extended the current bribery provisions to include bribery involving a foreign public official or an official of an international organisation, (ii) increased the penalties for committing a bribery-related offence and (iii) criminalised the offering of a bribe in the private sector...

Changes to Law Allowing Developers to Terminate Off-Plan Sales Contracts
Afridi & Angell, December 2017

Earlier this year, Law No. (19) of 2017 was gazzetted which amends the procedures contained in Law No. (13) of 2008 on Interim Property Registration in Dubai. This law stipulates the procedures which developers must follow if a buyer breaches an off-plan sales contract. The new law is an important development in Dubai and will assist developers who are facing a difficult real estate market and increasing buyer default...

Companies Law Compliance - UAE
Afridi & Angell, April 2017

Once the new Commercial Companies Law was enacted as Federal Law No. 2 it gave existing companies time to achieve compliance with its terms. Article 374 provides that a further one-year extension could be granted by Resolution of the Cabinet, and such an extension was in fact granted. Article 374 also provides that a company that fails to achieve compliance shall be deemed dissolved...

Compliance with DIFC Data Protection Law 2020 – Deadline 1 October 2020
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

DIFC entities have until 1 October 2020 to ensure that their data processing activities are compliant with the new Data Protection Law (DIFC Law 5 of 2020) (the DP Law). Who is subject to the DP Law? • DIFC entities.• Non-DIFC entities that regularly engage with DIFC entities as part of a “stable arrangement”, which involve data being processed in the DIFC and/or transferred out of the DIFC. Practical Guidance 1. Maintain a record of Personal Data. 2...

Compliance with Official Measures to Combat COVID-19 Made Mandatory
Afridi & Angell, March 2020

Significant responsibility for ensuring compliance with directives to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus has been delegated to the law enforcement authorities of the UAE. Last week, the Cabinet promulgated Resolution No. 17 of 2020, requiring all natural and juristic persons to comply with the measures mandated by the concerned authorities to combat Covid-19...

Confidentiality Under Renewed Focus
Afridi & Angell, December 2018

The UAE federal government has recently issued a raft of important legislation. The raft addresses and updates areas of law that are key to businesses in the jurisdiction. Amongst this legislation is Federal Decree-Law 14 of 2018 concerning the central bank and the organisation of financial institutions and activities (the New Banking Law)...

Corporate Governance and Insolvency Law Amid the Coronavirus Crisis
Fischer, April 2020

Among its other consequences, the ongoing global outbreak of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has resulted in an economic crisis. In this legal update we present insolvency law issues which may arise during the crisis and we also propose practical solutions for dealing with challenges that companies may face. 1...

COVID-19 and Commercial Leases in the UAE
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to impact countries and their economies worldwide. The UAE is no exception. Businesses have come under increased cost pressure as revenues decline. Such cost pressure primarily involves real estate leasing costs. In this inBrief, we look at the impact Covid-19 has had on commercial leases...

COVID-19 Measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, February 2021

New measures to curb the “second wave” of COVID-19 cases have been introduced by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (the Dubai Committee) and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic (the Abu Dhabi Committee)...

 

 

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