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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
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
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