Welcome to the Saudi Arabia focus edition of Law Update.
One of the key markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that continues to lead from the front is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). As the largest country in the Middle East and the 18th largest economy in the world, the progress KSA continues to make is underpinned by its Vision 2030 that envisions developing the country as an investment powerhouse and hub that ultimately connects Asia, Europe, and Africa. Given Saudi Arabia’s significance to the regional economy, our team of experts have prepared a range of pertinent articles that provide insights into new laws, regulations, and the legal landscape in the Kingdom.
This edition will provide you with an up-to-date guide on matters such as; the framework issued by the Saudi Central Bank on IT governance, the anti-corruption landscape under Vision 2030; we also provide practical tips for dispute avoidance. This is only a snapshot; there are many more articles within the KSA focus section for you to read, which we hope you will find valuable and enjoyable.Read the edition
The UAE Ministry of Finance has issued the much awaited UAE VAT law and launched a new dedicated tax website for the Federal Tax Authority.
The VAT law is based on the common principles agreed by all GCC countries in the GCC VAT framework agreement, which was published in the Official Gazette on 21 April 2017. The executive regulations, which will contain more details on the application of the VAT, are expected to be published during the final quarter of 2017.
The key highlights of the UAE VAT law are as follows:
As the VAT registration process will open on a voluntary basis from mid-September and there is only four months remaining for VAT to be effective in the UAE, it is important for you to undertake a VAT impact assessment to understand the impact of VAT on your business and to comply with your VAT obligations.
If you have any questions on the above or require any assistance with VAT implementation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Shiraz Khan, Senior Tax Advisor, Al Tamimi & Company
Ahmed Ibrahim, Partner & Head of Equity Markets, Al Tamimi & Company
Brinda Shroff, Associate, Al Tamimi & Company