The regional real estate, construction and hospitality sectors have been turned upside down over the last two years, with Covid-19 bringing these sectors to a halt. The impact of the pandemic remains, however, the resurrection of these vital sectors across the region is a welcome relief because they support the development of modern cities, which in turn have attracted commerce and tourism to the Middle East and North Africa.
This latest edition of Law Update, provides vital insights, updates and commentary on the latest trends taking shape across the real estate, construction, hotels and leisure sectors. The articles within this edition cover a broad range of topics, from what’s next for real estate in Dubai, to commentary on Saudi real estate, a market that is set to become the main bedrock of the region for years ahead. You will find articles on reforming real estate laws in Qatar, foreign investment and ownership in Oman, and mitigating risks on hotel construction projects and the lessons learnt from Covid.Read the full report
A consequence of the Coronavirus situation is the immediate financial impact on businesses caused by things such as contracts not being fulfilled, reduced customer footfall and increased costs due to having to find alternative suppliers. Many businesses will find their cashflows stressed for reasons completely outside of their control. Even if a force majeure can be proved (see above) and a business has a strong contractual right to claim for damages, businesses will need to ensure that they take steps to ensure they are around long enough to bring a claim.
Along with the other steps that can be taken as mentioned in this note such as reviewing credit and other insurance policies, we would recommend the following:
It is inevitable that some businesses will face severe financial difficulties, even insolvency, as a result of Coronavirus. Every business needs to be aware of the impact on its business and to the extent that external funding is involved, it always pays to involve your lenders as early as possible to give them as long as possible to consider anything they can do to support you.