Saudi Arabia: GAZT Issue Draft VAT Law

Saudi Arabia has been the first GCC state to put its draft VAT law out for consultation. Cyrille Naffah and John Peacock of the Saudi and UAE offices of BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP explain the key provisions. Analysis It is now common knowledge, that all the GCC states have signed the GCC…

How reasoned arbitration awards and expert opinions may help prevent Article 257 of the Penal Code being triggered

It is fair to say that last year’s revision of Article 257 of the Penal Code has sent ripples throughout the arbitration community that are still felt, seven months later. It was not long before visions of arbitrators and experts being locked behind bars for some alleged lack of impartiality flooded the UAE arbitration community,…

The Limits Of A Rent Increase

When your tenancy contract is nearing renewal and you begin negotiating with your landlord, it is useful to know your legal rights to avoid unknowingly being made to accept rental increases that are not enforceable. Unlike in many jurisdictions around the world where an annual rental increase is accepted due to normal inflationary trends, Dubai…