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  • Al Maryah Island: Updates on Abu Dhabi’s financial free zone

    by Azlin Ahmad - 

    Following the issuance of Federal Decree No. 15 of 2013 (“Original Decree”), which was signed by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in February last year, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”) was...

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  • Sports Sponsorship in the UAE

    by Anita Siassios - 

    Against the background of advertising regulation in the UAE, sponsors should ensure as a best practice that global sponsorship deals include an appropriate local legal review and legal compliance...

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  • Product liability: Sanctions and recalls in the UAE

    by Andrea Tithcott  - 

    High disposable incomes and growth in consumer spending has made the United Arab Emirates a very attractive place to market an increasingly wide range of products.

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  • Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation Decision on Arbitration

    by Hassan Arab - 

    The Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation, in Appeal no. 924 of 2009, integrated the following important rules in respect of arbitration...

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  • Qatar amends laws regulating the practice of engineering professions

    by Ahmed Jaafir  - 

    Practising engineering professions in Qatar are governed by the provisions of Law No.19 of 2005 Regulating the Practice of Engineering Professions (the “Engineering Law”).

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  • Dubai Cassation Court’s recent approach to Real Estate disputes

    by Sherif Hikal & Marwa El Mahdy -  /

    Another judgment by the Dubai Cassation Court, issued on 4 November 2012 continued its trend of deciding that a buyer may legitimately withhold the performance of his due obligation (as to price), if...

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  • Pre-Incorporation Contracts under UAE Law

    by Richard Catling  - 

    Part of the procedure for establishing limited liability companies in the UAE requires ‘pre-incorporation contracts’ (such as leases of office premises) to be entered into by a company that is being...

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  • Limitations on Labour Contracts

    by Eman Ahmad & Hussain Al Matrood -  /

    Federal Law 8 of 1980 (“the Labour Law”) provides special protections for employees and sets specific restrictions to labour contracts.

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  • Electronic Transactions Law

    by Ramy El Demrdash & Esier Kim -  /

    In an effort to address the increasing reliance on electronic communication and personal transactions, the Kuwait parliament has recently passed Law No. 20 of 2014 pertaining to Electronic...

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  • Is it the right time for an arab free trade agreement?

    by Essam Al Tamimi - 

    The Arab states have sought economic unification ever since they collaborated with the British to force the Ottoman Empire out of the Middle East in the early 20th century.

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  • Bills of Lading: Nature and Functions

    by Zeina Wakim - 

    A bill of lading is a document signed by the carrier (whether shipowner or master or charterer) which states that certain goods have been shipped on board a particular ship in order to be transported...

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  • Opting into the Jurisdiction of the DIFC Court

    by Muhammad Mahmood - 

    The recent DIFC Courts’ decision in SPX Middle East FZE v Judi for Food Industries was the first judgment to have been issued as a result of contracting parties’ election to opt into the DIFC Courts’...

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  • Dealing with Concurrency in Construction Delay Claims

    by Dean O'Leary - 

    A significant proportion of construction claims in the UAE involve issues relating to the delayed completion of a project.

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  • Prevention is better than cure for building defects in the UAE

    by Niall Clancy - 

    Deciding upon the appropriate remedy for defective works is an issue that frequently arises during construction disputes and is often hotly contested.

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  • The Dubai Rental Dispute Settlement Centre: Tracking latest developments

    by Aruna Mukherji - 

    As an update to our previous article in October 2013 regarding introduction of the new Rental Dispute Settlement Centre (“RDC”) in Dubai, this article focuses on the key clarifications issued by the...

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  • Direct Brand Owner-Law Enforcement Interaction: Key to effective Anti-counterfeiting

    by Munir Suboh - 

    The ever growing significance of cooperation between brand owners and law enforcement agencies is well recognised now as it appears to be a very effective tool for all parties, including IP...

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  • Construction Contractors & Engineers in Saudi Arabia: Protect Your Innovation

    by Ahmad Saleh & Daniel Goodwin -  /

    When a technology is a novel and inventive process, machine or composition (“invention”), contractors and engineering consultants in the construction industry in Saudi Arabia should ask.

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  • Enforcement against counterfeits in Iraq

    by Rasha Al Ardah - 

    Trademark infringement, and counterfeiting in particular, has increased tremendously in Iraq over the past decade, in part due to the political unrest in the country.

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  • Just Manufacturing in China? Trade Mark Infringement Considerations for the UAE

    by Stephen Jiew  - 

    Manufacturing in China and exporting the manufactured products to your home country such as the UAE for sales in the UAE?

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  • 3D Printing: Revolution in the Making

    by Omar Obeidat & Manal Ben Said -  /

    3D printing, which allows the creation of a physical object directly from a 2D blueprint, has taken a step closer to causing problems for trademark owners, with a controversial file-sharing website...

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  • Managing Litigation in the UAE Labour Courts

    by Poonam Nagi - 

    Labour/employment claims in the UAE, including the free zones (except for those in the Dubai International Financial Centre) are governed by the UAE Labour Law No. 8 of 1980 (as amended) (the “Labour...

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