Legal business structures in Dubai

The Department of Economic Development lays down acceptable legal structures for companies based in Dubai. The rules and regulations for each of these vary accordingly and the categorization is based on the ownership of the firm. If you are a foreign national, you may want to go for a free zone license if you want Read More …

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UAE Labour Law: How many months’ salary do you get for office injuries?

How many months’ salary do you get for office injuries? Law says employer shall pay for worker’s medical bills, including cost of transport for hospital While you’re at work, it is the duty of your employer to provide a safe work environment, to protect you from health and safety issues, and explain all the hazards Read More …

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3 jailed for possessing Dh2.19b in fake euros

Dubai: Three visitors who possessed 1,094,000 notes of €500 [Dh2.19 billion)] of counterfeit currency for trading purposes, have been jailed for two years each.The trio — a Macedonian and two Croatians — conned an Indian salesman and embezzled six million Indian rupees (Dh324,000) in August. The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the 52-year-old Macedonian, Read More …

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Parents ‘can be prosecuted’ for child death falls in Sharjah

Sharjah: Despite new safety rules implemented last year to child-proof homes in residential towers, a string of child deaths from falls from buildings are prompting Sharjah Police once again to advise parents to be more vigilant than ever. Parents of children who died after falls from high-rise flat windows and balconies will be referred to Read More …

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5 Dubai visitors murder supermarket worker, steal Dh96,000 safe

Dubai: Three visitors have been jailed for 15 years each for premeditatedly killing a supermarket worker and stealing a safe that contained nearly Dh96,000.The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the three Kazakh visitors, 25-year-old S.K., 27-year-old A.R. and 31-year-old A.T., of killing the Indian worker by repeatedly punching him, then tying him up and Read More …

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Corporal conspires to give false testimony before a Sharia judge

Dubai 
A police corporal has been accused of conspiring with his two colleagues to give false testimony before a Sharia judge that he never remarried after divorce to win a custody battle.The 43-year-old police corporal and his two partners [policemen] were said to have conspired against the corporal’s divorcee and falsely testified before a Sharia Read More …

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Job contracts to be offered in 11 languages

Dubai: Job offers and labour contracts will be offered in 11 languages, which have recently beem approved by the Ministry of Labour.While English and Arabic copies are still required to be filed with the ministry, prospective employees will be presented contracts in a language they understand, to ensure they have a clear understanding of the Read More …

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Dh2 million fine in UAE for online scammers

The UAE intends to introduce stiffer laws against online offences involving long imprisonment and a fine of up to Dh2 million. People found guilty of posting wrong addresses on the internet with the aim of committing fraud or other offences are already fined between Dh150,000 and 500,000 under the present information technology crimes law. A Read More …

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Officer bribed for issuing illegal visas

An officer at Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs allegedly took Dh40,000 in bribes from a Pakistani businessman for issuing residence visas to ineligible expatriates of different Asian nationalities, the Dubai Criminal Court heard. YS, 23, assistant service officer, is accused of processing about 83 illegal residence visas against bribes of Dh500 per Read More …

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UAE, China agree on visa exemption for holders of special and service passports

Holders of special and service passports issued by the #UAE will be exempted from visa requirements to enter the People’s Republic of China as of 11th January, 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today.Ahmed Saeed Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs, MoFA, announced the visa waiver after the ministries of foreign affairs in Read More …

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Standardised labour contract to come into effect on January 1

Dubai: The new unified labour contract standardising employment terms and making them more transparent is scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2016. The Standard Limited-Term Employment Contract was drafted by the Ministry of Labour as part of the three new decrees that are expected to improve regulation and transparency of the labour market. Read More …

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New Labour Rules: How employee services can be terminated in UAE

The three new labour rules, effective from New Year, are in line with the Constitution and International Labour Standards, said Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour and Chairman of National Qualifications Authority (NQA). How employee services can be terminated: In a fixed-term contract… The second rule involves termination of employees. There are six instances when a Read More …

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Duo jailed for life for selling banned pills

Dubai: Two jobless men have each been jailed for life for possessing 30 Flunitrazepam [a banned substance] tablets that they tried to sell to an informant for Dh8,000.The Nigerian duo, 25-year-old S.B. and 33-year-old J.S., possessed the mind-altering substance for trading purposes when drug enforcement officers apprehended them in a sting operation in April. The Read More …

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FNC passes Child Rights Law

Abu Dhabi: The country’s first Child Rights law was passed by the Federal National Council for the second time on Tuesday.The law, initially called Wudeema’s Law in memory of the eight-year-old girl who was starved and tortured to death by her father and his girlfriend, will now be known as Child Rights Law, after members Read More …

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DIFC Court grants $70m to Al Khorafi family

The Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) have ruled in favour of the Al Khorafi family to the tune of $70 million plus costs and interest, according to a media statement.The statement added that the latest verdict comes after the Court of First Instance published its judgment in November 2015, where the first Read More …

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10 cases will get you fired… without notice, on leave

An employee working in the UAE cannot be terminated from his services while he is on annual leave.If an employer does dismiss a member of his staff while s/he is officially on leave, it may be considered an arbitrary dismissal and the affected employee can take course to legal action. It is not permissible to Read More …

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Know the Law: 10 cases will get you fired… without notice, on leave 

Know the Law: 10 cases will get you fired… without notice, on leaveEmployer can’t terminate contract without notice for reasons outside Article 120 of Labour Law An employee working in the UAE cannot be terminated from his services while he is on annual leave.If an employer does dismiss a member of his staff while s/he Read More …

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Two men, three women jailed after yacht party romp

Dubai: Two men and three women, who were caught having consensual sex on a yacht during a party, will be jailed one month each.The 28 invitees, 13 women and 15 men, some of whom are policemen and army personnel, were arrested on a yacht berthed at Dubai Marina in October last year.In April 2014, the Read More …

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Khalifa issues law on precious metal trade

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a federal law specifying regulations on trading in, and hallmarking and certification of precious metals and stones, and gold, silver and platinum jewellery. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water and Chairman of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma), stressed Read More …

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