The first Law Update of 2024 is here, and our first focus of the year spotlights Healthcare and Lifesciences, a sector that is undergoing significant growth and development across the MENA region.
Our focus provides an insight into some of the most important regulatory updates across the region, such as the UAE’s groundbreaking law on the use of human genome, Kuwait’s resolution on nuclear and radioactive materials, the new regulations for healthcare services in Qatar, Egypt’s healthcare regulatory framework, and the impact of the Saudi Civil Transactions Law on the healthcare and life sciences sector … and there is so much more!
Beyond the healthcare pages our lawyers share with you multi-sector insights where you will discover articles on Dubai’s DIFC regulatory framework for startups, Bahrain’s commercial agencies law, and we also shed light on Kuwaiti civil code and the advantages of setting up a joint stock company in Saudi Arabia.Read the full edition
Law No. (9) of 2022 ‘Regulating the Provision of Digital Services’ in the Emirate of Dubai (the “law”) was issued on 14 March 2022 and entered into force on 24 March 2022 and aims to further enhance and improve the quality of Dubai’s digital services whilst continuing to drive Dubai’s digital transformation journey. The law adds to Dubai’s digital legal landscape and will work in conjunction with recent federal UAE digital and data laws.
The law applies to both digital services provided by Dubai government and to digital services provided by non-government entities in Dubai and establishes key requirements for effective digital service delivery.
The law will be overseen by the “Competent Authority” which is defined in the law as the General Secretariat of the Executive Council, the Dubai Digital Authority (DDA) and the Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC). The law will cover the delivery of digital services across the spectrum of digital channels, including websites and smart applications.
There is a one-year grace period to comply with the law. This grace period can be extended by the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai. The law talks about a potential phased roll-out of the law’s provisions. This roll-out may be further clarified in resolutions to be issued by the Competent Authority.
The key points to note are:
Further resolutions and technical guides relating to the effective implementation of the law should be expected and will be issued by the Competent Authority and the DDA. .