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Welcome to the latest edition of Law Update titled “Rise of Generative AI.”
In this edition, we dive into the dynamic world of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. TMT continues to play a vital role in positioning the region as an international business and social hub, driving significant growth and innovation.
Our focus in this Law Update is on the sector’s ongoing potential to advance and propel the region toward a more digital economy. We explore the benefits of embracing a digital transformation and how local authorities have responded by enhancing regulations to accommodate the evolving TMT landscape.
This edition covers a range of topics, including – the new Telecommunications & Information Technology Law in Saudi Arabia, the intricacies of trademarks in the Metaverse, and the legal challenges faced by the video game industry. Additionally, we take a regional perspective, discussing jurisdictions such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, and Bahrain to provide a comprehensive understanding of the TMT landscape.
We hope you thoroughly enjoy this packed issue of Law Update, filled with captivating articles that address key legal issues within a vital sector for the region.Read the full edition
These new Laws have been anticipated for some time and are as follows:
1) The Execution / Enforcement Law
2) The Finance Lease Law
3) The Real Estate Mortgage Law
4) The Real Estate Finance Law
5) The Law on Supervision of Finance Companies.
Currently, copies of these Laws are not yet published; however, The Minister of Finance has announced that they will take effect 90 days after the Royal Decree which was issued on 1 July 2012, although the earlier drafts of these Laws indicated that they were to come into effect after 90 days from the date of publication in the Official Gazette.
The Minister of Finance has also announced that the implementing regulations of the Finance Laws (which is likely to refer to the Finance Lease Law, the Real Estate Finance Law and the Law on Supervision of Finance Companies) are to be drafted by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (the KSA Central Bank).
Commenting on the new laws, Hesham Al Homoud, the Head of Al Tamimi’s Corporate and Commercial Department in Riyadh said: “The introduction of these new Laws has been keenly awaited for some time. A draft of the Real Estate Mortgage previously sighted by us, provided for the introduction of a system under which mortgages over Saudi land could be registered in favour of financiers and the registered mortgagee would have priority rights against third parties.” He further added: “We also expect the other Laws included in the package to have a very significant impact upon the Finance Industry in KSA, both in terms of regulation and the way in which banks and other finance providers conduct business in KSA.”
As the largest law firm in the Middle East, Al Tamimi & Company continues to be at the forefront of breaking legal news and innovation. The Riyadh team has a deep understanding of Saudi Arabian business, legal and regulatory systems and consists of Saudi, Arab and Western national lawyers fluent in both English and Arabic and is fully supported by the Al Tamimi network of 10 offices in the region.
Al Tamimi will provide further updates once the publication takes place.
For further information please contact:
Hesham Al Homoud,
Partner, Al Tamimi & Company, KSA
phone +966 1 416 9666
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