UAE issues hate crimes, discrimination law: Jail, up to Dh2 million fine 

The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law against any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin following a decree by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The New law, No. 02 of 2015, criminalizes any acts that stoke religious hatred and/or Read More …

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Divorcing couples in child abuse claims 

Child abuse allegations by estranged couples to gain custody of their children is common, reveal complaints received by personal status courts and police stations. The Interior Ministry warned public of the repercussions of family disputes on children and said with regards complaints involving children, they deal with utmost care and initiate protective measures. In one Read More …

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Abu Dhabi DED seizes over 55,000 forged goods 

The total number of field visits conducted by the Department of Commercial Protection at the Abu Dhabi Business Centre in 2014, to monitor violations of trademarks, reached 14,011, resulting in the registering of 184 violations and confiscation of 55,532 commercial goods of registered trademarks. According to the Department of Commercial Protection’s annual 2014 report, the Read More …

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UAE courts can hear overseas property disputes 

UAE courts are authorized to hear real estate disputes filed against Emiratis even if the property is outside the UAE, according to a new principle established by the Dubai Court of Cassation. The court also emphasized that the failure of the seller to deliver the property as agreed in the contract entitles the buyer to Read More …

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Absence of DLD report no bar to filing claim against developer

The Dubai Land Department (DLD) is the only competent authority to hear issues of developers as regards failure to apply for registration of sale or transfer of ownership. The director of the department is required to prepare a report of irregularities and forward it to the Investigation Department of the Public Prosecution, ruled Dubai Court Read More …

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New law covers retail under economic activities

Dubai — His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued law No (14) of 2015 partially amending law No (13) of 2011 on the organisation and regulation of economic activities in Dubai and referred to hereafter as the original law. The new Read More …

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Inheritance registry created for non-Muslim expats

Non-Muslim expatriates who own property in the UAE can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to new rules set in place by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) that allow the expats’ assets to be willed to people of their own choosing. The centre passed a set of new rules which will exempt non-Muslim expatriates Read More …

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No compensation or penalty if contract terminated: Dubai Court

The Dubai Court of Cassation has ruled that the termination of a contract in civil cases, by agreement among the parties or via the court, ends the contractual relationship between them, bringing the parties to the situation before signing of the contract. The end of the contractual relationship also brings an end to commitments and Read More …

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Abu Dhabi rent committee oversee cases and disputes

Many residents in the capital are often unaware of their legal rights, as well as the legal route they can take should a dispute arise between them and their landlord. They need to be aware that the Abu Dhabi rent committee exists to handle cases between both the tenant and the landlord. If your landlord Read More …

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UAE drafting new law on 100% foreign ownership

Decree, in advanced stage, to further boost business sectors. The UAE is in an advanced phase of drafting a new federal law on foreign direct investment, or FDI, that would allow 100 per cent foreign ownership in some activities and sectors outside free zones, Economy Minister Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri said.In his keynote address Read More …

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Landlords in Dubai ‘refuse to renew contracts’

Landlords are illegally refusing to renew tenancy agreements in several areas of Dubai, the property rental regulator and experts say. More than 30 tenants in International City, 30 in Deira and 20 in Silicon Oasis say that a few months before their contracts ended, they were told by the landlord to move out. Owners have been Read More …

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Dubai and NY commercial courts ink cooperation deal

UAE-US business ties were boosted on Monday with the signing of a cooperation agreement between DIFC Courts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, or SDNY, the oldest and busiest district court in America. The two courts’ respective chief justices met in Dubai to agree a memorandum of guidance, Read More …

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Dubai Human Rights recovers Dh21.5 million in delayed workers’ wages

Intensified police measures slashed human trafficking cases in Dubai to less than half in 2014 while 148 companies were blacklisted over workers’ rights. From 13 in 2013, human trafficking cases in the emirate declined to six in 2014 thanks to the opening of a human rights office at the Dubai airport, the distribution of more Read More …

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Good going for DIFC in 2014

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) recorded an 18 per cent increase in the number of active registered companies operating within it, reaching 1,225 firms at the end of 2014, compared with 1,039 in 2013. Also, the financial hub issued licences to 242 new companies in 2014, compared with 199 in 2013, representing an increase of Read More …

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Ghobash: Excellence and competition key variables in improving organisational performance

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, emphasised on promoting a culture of excellence and competition between the employees and internal departments, considering them essential enablers in improving the organisational performance. “The Ministry continuously aims towards achieving advanced levels in performance within various organisational units and departments, all through the implementation and application of ambitious operational plans Read More …

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