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
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On 31 October 2019, the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) introduced Prescribed Company Regulations 2019 (“New Regulations”) that replace the Special Purpose Company regulations (“Old Regulations”).
The main objective of the New Regulations is to consolidate, replace and expand on the existing Special Purpose Company (“SPC”) and Intermediate Special Purpose Vehicle (“ISPV”) regimes.
The New Regulations provide a flexible, business friendly regime allowing a cost and time efficient way of doing business to Prescribed Companies in the DIFC aligned with international best practices.
A Prescribed company is a private company limited by shares that falls under the regime of Small Private Company as per Companies Law DIFC Law No 5 of 2018 (“Companies Law”).
A Small Private Company will be considered a Prescribed Company if:
Scenario 1 – Qualifying Applicant – It has been formed by:
Scenario 2 – Qualified Purpose – It forms part of:
It is subject to the New Regulations as well as Operating Law DIFC Law No. 7 of 2018, Operating Regulations, the Ultimate Beneficial Ownership Regulations and the Companies Law.
All existing SPCs and ISPVs shall automatically become a Prescribed Company upon the enactment of the New Regulations, and shall:
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