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
Following several months of public consultations on draft decisions relating to the Personal Data Protection Law (Law No. 30 of 2018) (“PDPL”), the Bahrain Personal Data Protection Authority (currently the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Waqf) (“Authority”) issued ten (10) decisions supplementing and giving effect to several provisions under the PDPL. The decisions relate to:-
The most notable concepts / procedures under the decisions include:
While all ten (10) decisions became effective on 18 March 2022, it is yet to be clarified whether in practice, businesses subject to the law will be provided with a grace period for compliance before the Authority takes enforcement action(s). We note that the forms for submitting notifications or requests from the Authority have not been issued yet.
Businesses must, as soon as possible, ensure that they:-
We will be scheduling a webinar in the near future to discuss the PDPL and the new decisions.
As a leading law firm in the Middle East & North Africa Region and with a reputable and dedicated Digital & Data practice, Al Tamimi & Company is well placed to assist you with assessing the probable impact of the PDPL and its implementing regulations on your organisation.
If you would like to further discuss the contents of this update, please contact Al Tamimi & Company in Bahrain.