Legal inheritance for non-muslim expatriates

The question of inheritance in the event of death is the ultimate apprehension of European expatriates residing in the UAE, especially considering the uncertainty and complexity of the rules that governs inheritance matters in the UAE. Whilst the UAE law expressly disposes that inheritance shall be governed by the law of the deceased at the…

What is the Jointly Owned Real Property Law?

As is evident from its skyline, many property units in Dubai are part of a tower development having multiple owners. Villas too are often part of a cluster of real estate units within a development. Understandably, not every owner has the same ideas and methodology in dealing with the management of developments nor bear the…

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…

UAE health care law opens new vistas

The UAE has updated its health care law to keep pace with the swift changing requirements in the sector. One of the important objectives has been to attract more talented medical professionals to work in the country. Recent changes to the laws on medical responsibility offer greater protection to medical professionals from liabilities over malpractice.…

Fines, jail for rogue driving in Oman.

Driving instructors who fail to honour contracts with learners could be fined up to OMR2,000 and put behind bars for a year, the Public Prosecution in Oman has warned. The message to stop breaking contracts with learners comes after a Times of Oman story revealing that many in the Sultanate had lost money to rogue…