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    by Fiona Robertson / Amna Qureshi -  /  - Dubai, UAE

    It would be impossible to ignore the growing presence of technology and devices in the lives of children in the region; indeed even some schools now require them for children from seven or eight...

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  • Abu Dhabi Film Incentives: A Reminder of the Basics

    by Fiona Robertson -  - Dubai, UAE

    One of the exciting filming initiatives that was introduced to the film finance landscape in the region was the Abu Dhabi Government’s rebate for productions that are filmed in its boundaries.

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  • Back to the Digital Future: Updating Media Buying Agreements for New Advertising Outlets

    by Fiona Robertson -  - Dubai, UAE
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  • Artificial Intelligence and Innovative Developments in the UAE

    by Eleonore Kressner -  - Dubai, UAE

    Artificial intelligence (“AI”) can be loosely defined as “intelligence as exhibited by machines”.

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  • The QMUL Study on Resolving TMT Disputes: What Lessons for the UAE?

    by John Gaffney / Malak Nasreddine -  /  - Abu Dhabi, UAE

    The School of International Arbitration, which is part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London, carried out an International Dispute Resolution Study in 2016...

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  • E-Trading Business Activities in Dubai

    by Noff Al-Khafaji -  - Dubai, UAE

    The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) has recently introduced a number of E-Trading activities evidencing Dubai’s efforts to establish itself as an E-Commerce hub. Traders will have the...

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  • Every Player Gets a Fine: UAE Criminal Court Issues Fines for Broadcast of Content Without Consent

    by Omar Khodeir / Fiona Robertson -  /  - Abu Dhabi, UAE / Dubai, UAE

    A broadcaster in the Arab World, as well as the production company and the on screen presenters have all been fined AED 50,000 in a criminal matter. They were each fined because of the broadcast of a...

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  • Practical Guidelines to Minimize Risks from Cyber Attacks

    by Omar Khodeir -  - Dubai, UAE

    With the increase of technology, criminals use malicious software programs for their own benefit. This includes malicious software programs that blocks access to data and electronic devices, known as...

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  • Arrested Development: Legal Considerations for App Developers in the Middle East

    by Nick O'Connell -  - Dubai, UAE

    App development is a flourishing industry across the Middle East. We are regularly approached by clients seeking legal advice on issues relating to app development. In some instances, the app is...

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  • Criminal Penalties for Commenting on the Qatar Situation and Liability for Posting, Re-Posting and Sharing Content on Social Media & Electronic Platforms

    by Omar Khodeir -  - Dubai, UAE

    Following the severance of ties with Qatar by several countries, including the United Arab Emirates (‘UAE’), there was a recent affirmation that legal action could be pursued against those who show...

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  • MENA Cloud Alliance launches GCC Cloud Competitiveness Index 2017

    by  Nick O’Connell  -  - Dubai, UAE

    The development of cloud computing is fundamental to innovation and the development of digital economies and smart cities. The UAE, and the broader GCC, would benefit from greater clarity when it...

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    by Ali Al Dabbagh -  - Baghdad, Iraq

    At present, Iraq does not have much legislation that is specifically directed to matters related to the telecommunications sector, including those related to internet and mobile phone services....

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    by Nick O’Connell  -  - Dubai, UAE

    Dubai International Financial Centre and Abu Dhabi Global Market, two of the leading financial services free zones in the region, are each seeking to appeal to developers of financial services...

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    by Richard Baxter -  - Muscat, Oman

    As Oman’s economy develops and diversifies, the commercial operations and contractual arrangements of both international and local businesses become more sophisticated and complex. This article...

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  • Cyber Attacks will make you WannaCry

    by Haroun Khwaja -  - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    A ‘cyber attack’ is commonly defined as the use of malicious code to manipulate or disrupt a computer system. In the past, cyber attacks were mostly aimed at governments and the defence industry.

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  • What Vision 2030 Means for the Information and Communication Technology Sector in Saudi Arabia

    by Haroun Khwaja -  - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is the Kingdom’s vision for the future. It is an ambitious blueprint setting out long-term goals and expectations. The government has flagged that it will pursue...

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  • Money Makes the Camera Go Round: A Guide to Deals in Film Financing

    by Fiona Robertson -  - Dubai, UAE

    Ideas for films are not unusual – we have potential film ideas presented to our team every month. Harder to find are film finance deals. Films are generally not cheap to produce and with all costs of...

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  • IT Disengagement Services: Thinking Ahead for a Smooth Exit

    by Haroun Khwaja -  - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    IT services are the backbone of most public and private sector entities nowadays including those in the banking, retail, airline, hotel, manufacturing and mining industries.

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  • Software Escrow: Protecting business critical software in the Middle East

    by Sana Saleem -  - Dubai, UAE

    Software escrow generally refers to the arrangement whereby the source code of software (and associated explanatory notes and instructions) owned by a vendor is deposited with a trusted, independent...

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  • New Tech on the Block: Dubai’s Blockchain Strategy and Why it Matters

    by Andrew Fawcett -  - Abu Dhabi, UAE

    The Dubai Blockchain Strategy, that was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in October 2016, establishes a roadmap for the introduction of Blockchain technology...

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  • Consumer Privacy in the Smart Era

    by  Nick O’Connell  -  - Dubai, UAE

    The following is a summary of notes from Nick O’Connell’s presentation entitled ‘Consumer Privacy in the Smart Era’, delivered at the Telecoms Law and Regulation in the Middle East 2016 conference...

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    by Andrew Fawcett -  - Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Innovations in recent years have led to a major explosion in the consumption and processing of data.

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  • Rights of Data Subjects in DIFC, ADGM and QFC

    by Nick O'Connell / Sana Saleem -  /  - Dubai, UAE

    While not identical, many similarities can be found in the data protection laws and regulations of the Dubai International Financial Centre (‘DIFC’), the Abu Dhabi Global Market (‘ADGM’) (each being...

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  • “… I Lost Ten Pounds in 5 Weeks …”: The Legal Position Of Testimonials and Sponsorships Within Medical Advertising in the UAE

    by Fiona Robertson -  - Dubai, UAE

    The UAE has a strong regulatory regime in relation to advertising content. The National Media Council has released guidelines which all advertisers are expected to understand when promoting their...

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  • A New Electronic Transactions Law in the DIFC

    by  Nick O’Connell  -  - Dubai, UAE

    Subject to the issuance of the formal enactment notice, the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) will soon have a new electronic transactions law, DIFC Law No. 2 of 2016, the DIFC Electronic...

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  • Supervisory Visits by the DIFC Commissioner of Data Protection

    by  Nick O’Connell  -  - Dubai, UAE

    Recent activity by the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) Commissioner of Data Protection (the “DIFC Commissioner”) has attracted attention and caused DIFC licensed entities to review...

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  • Is Using a VPN in the UAE Illegal?

    by  Andrew Fawcett / Sana Saleem  -  /  - Abu Dhabi, UAE / Dubai, UAE

    Recent media reports regarding changes to the law relating to the use of a Virtual Private Network (“VPN”) have caused significant alarm to businesses operating in the UAE.

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  • Competitions, Promotions, Prize Draws, Sweepstakes, Raffles, and Instant Prizes: Sales Promotions in the UAE

    by Nick O’Connell & Sana Saleem -  /

    In the UAE, sales promotions, including sales as well as competitions and prize draws (prize campaigns, sweepstakes, raffles, and instant prizes, etc.), are regulated on an emirate-by-emirate level...

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  • European Court of Justice Decision Impacts on DIFC Data Protection

    A recent court decision in Europe regarding data protection has had a ripple effect around the world, even extending as far as the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”).

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  • Copyright, Collection Societies and all that jazz: A review of public performance of music in the UAE

    by Fiona Robertson - 

    We have recently seen another influx of letters being sent to local UAE entities regarding the use of music, and in particular the collection of public performance royalties.

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    by Andrew Fawcett - 

    As people become more and more attached to their smart phones and tablets, your customers have come to expect to have free wireless internet connectivity when they are visiting your business premises...

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    by Chris Appleby - 

    The UAE’s leadership in the global telecommunications stakes bodes well for the future of mobile telephony.

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    by Nick O' Connell - 

    A modern healthcare system requires reliable data, and clear standards and procedures for using and transferring such data.

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  • Averting a Spectrum Shortage in the GCC

    by Andrew Fawcett - 

    Demand for wireless spectrum capacity in GCC countries is predicted to continue to increase at a very high growth rate as more people use smartphones and other devices on wireless networks.

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  • Telemedicine: How Apple and others may keep the doctor away

    by Andrew Fawcett - 

    With companies such as Apple and Samsung moving into the health data business, a significant shift in how the health industry interacts with patients using telemedicine is being predicted.

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  • Spotlight on Illegal Sports Streaming

    by Rachael Hammond - 

    Television piracy, and in particular the illegal streaming of sports programming, is a hot topic of discussion in the regional broadcast sector.

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  • Credit information and data protection in the UAE

    by Nick O’Connell & Sana Saleem -  /

    Recent media reports in the UAE have indicated that Al Etihad Credit Bureau, the UAE’s new Federal consumer credit bureau, is significantly closer to being operational.

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    by Anita Siassios - 

    It is no surprise that social media is the epicenter of all communications.

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    by Andrew Fawcett - 

    The internet domain name system is currently going through a major growth spurt.

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  • A MOMENT WITH: CHRIS APPLEBY, REGIONAL HEAD OF TMT

    With over 20 years’ experience in Technology, Media & Telecommunications law that has seen him travel from New Zealand to Hong Kong to Qatar, Chris Appleby settles in Dubai to take on his latest...

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    by Anita Siassios - 

    The retail landscape of the UAE is rapidly changing. We now live in a world where we can shop for goods and services from the comfort of our own home and without the need to brave the heat and head...

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    by Sana Saleem - 

    The digital revolution has radically changed commerce, industry and government. Information is no longer stored in rooms full of filing cabinets under lock and key.

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