Legal 500: UAE Litigation Chapter 2021

Originally published as a Country Specific Q&A on Legal 500, Partner, Abdullah Ishnaneh provides an overview of litigation laws and regulations applicable in UAE, answering such questions as: What are the main methods of resolving commercial disputes?     The main method of resolving commercial disputes is litigation before the local courts. However, there are other means…

GCC Restructuring & Insolvency Report

The worldwide economic distress caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has certainly not spared the GCC region. The pandemic has exacerbated the region’s pre-existing economic challenges, many of which date from the prior distresses that occurred ten years ago and were never fully remediated. This has led to a knock-on effect whereby many corporate interests…

Companies in violation of UBO Regulations may face up to AED 100,000 fine

The Federal Cabinet issued the Cabinet Resolution No 58/2020 (the “UBO Regulations“) last year. The UBO Regulations applies to: mainland (or onshore) companies (the “Mainland Companies“); and companies incorporated in non-financial free zones such as Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, Jebel Ali Free Zone, etc. (the “Non-Financial Free Zone Companies“). There are separate set of regulations…

Consumer protection, insurance, UAE Central Bank

How the new Consumer Protection Regulations impact insureds

The laws around consumer protection in the UAE are continuously evolving and on 25 November 2020, the UAE Central Bank issued the Circular No 8 of 2020, Consumer Protection Regulations (Consumer Protection Regulations), which are applicable to all “Licensed Financial Institutions”. This was further supplemented by Consumer Protection Standards (Consumer Protection Standard) issued by the…

Update Saudi Companies Law

Update to the Saudi Companies Law,Reporting of losses in Saudi Companies, Appointment of auditors, and Remote Board of Directors Meetings As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Saudi Arabian companies have been struggling economically and facing difficulties implementing some requirements under the Saudi Companies LawNo. (M/3) dated 10/11/2015G. As such, on 02/11/2020G, the Saudi…

New SME Market Conduct Regulation

In late January 2021, the Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) Market Conduct Regulation (“Regulation”) was circulated to all banks and finance companies licensed by the Central Bank in the UAE (“Financial Institutions”). It comes as the UAE seeks to improve and enhance the financial services received by small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) in the UAE,…

Dubai Rent Freeze

The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has stated that a new draft law is set to keep rents in Dubai unchanged for a three-year period. This follows a prediction by the DLD’s Director General in early January this year, after the DLD’s recommended clauses for the new law were accepted. No date has been set for…