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
In late December 2018, the Ministry of Health (MOH) published a new annex (Annex 24) to the Private Healthcare Institutions Law, which provides for a licencing regime for Telemedicine and Remote Care Centres (Telemedicine Providers) in Saudi Arabia. Previously there were no licences available to Telemedicine Providers and it was a tolerated practice by the MOH.
Telemedicine Providers will now be licenced to provide consultations direct to patients and undertake peer-to-peer consultations to provide healthcare services. Contact can be either direct through voice or visual imaging or indirect with medical records and information made available to the healthcare practitioner.
All Telemedicine Providers will need either a website or App that provides comprehensive and detailed information about the services provided. They must also have a separate administrative head office and a separate medical facility (Medical Facility) where medical examinations can take place. The Medical Facility need not be managed by the Telemedicine Provider but can be available through a third party via a commercial arrangement. The Medical Facility must have appropriate medical equipment and the Telemedicine Provider will need an electronic health record system to record all data collected. Finally, the Telemedicine Provider will need to provide adequate training for its employees.
All applications for a licence should be submitted to the Directorate of Health Affairs with supporting documentation and pre-approval from the MOH.
If you are interested in obtaining a Telemedicine Licence or should you require further advice in relation to the licencing regime, we would be happy to assist you further.