The final Law Update of 2022 is here, and it’s packed full of articles. The double edition features two focus areas, first is a spotlight on Energy and Resources and second we feature a collection of articles on Transport and Logistics. The developments occurring in these sectors in the MENA region are unprecedented and our lawyers cover vast themes for you.
The Energy and Resources focus features topics such as diversifying energy resources, solar PV, mining in the Middle East, renewable energy and green hydrogen. From a transport perspective, we draw attention to the Bahrain metro project, discuss the challenges and remedies associated with the repossession of an aircraft, and there is advice on what to consider should a party vary the terms of a shipping contract.
This edition navigates you through updates from across jurisdictions such as, Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, and the UAE. Each article is timely and provides insights into legal issues and cases that are affecting these sectors across the region.Read the full edition
Saudi Arabia recently issued its new e-commerce law. The E-Commerce Law, which will be administered by the Ministry of Commerce & Investment, comes into effect in late October 2019, 90 days following its publication in the Official Gazette on 24 July 2019. The associated Regulations are expected to follow shortly thereafter.
The Law focuses primarily on customer-protection related considerations, both in a B2C context and in a B2B context. It applies not only to e-commerce service providers who are merchants/traders registered in the Saudi Commercial Register, but also to other e-commerce practitioners – both in the Kingdom and elsewhere – who are not registered in the local Commercial Register. Specifically, e-commerce practitioners who are located outside the Kingdom, but who offer goods and services to customers based in the Kingdom, are subject to the Law.
The Law provides clarity for e-commerce service providers, although further clarity should follow when the Regulations are issued. In the meantime, e-commerce operators making goods and services available to customers in the Kingdom should prepare to review their customer terms and conditions and policies to ensure that they fit within the expectations set out in the Law.
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