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How tourists can get VAT refund
From now, tourists visiting the UAE will be able to claim a refund on the tax they pay while shopping. So here’s how you can get your five per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) back. First, you can only claim a refund if you live outside the GCC. Read article...
19.11.2018 United Arab Emirates
Update: No approval needed for regular medicines
Dubai: Residents and tourists travelling to the UAE do not need prior approval to carry regular medicines for personal use, the Ministry of Health and Prevention has clarified on its website, laying to rest several queries that had arisen due to the ministry spokesperson’s earlier statements, Read article...
03.11.2018 United Arab Emirates
New visa rules for UAE visitors from October 21
Abu Dhabi: A new visa system that will extend the residency period for widows, divorcees and their children without a sponsor, for a period of one year from the date of death or divorce, will come into effect soon. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship said on Wednesday that visit and tourist visas will also be extended without the need to leave the country, Read article...
18.10.2018 United Arab Emirates
Low cost insurance system for employees comes into effect
Abu Dhabi: A new low cost insurance system providing coverage of Dh20,000 for employees officially came into effect on Monday. Announced back in June by the UAE Cabinet, the new policy replaces the compulsory Dh3,000 bank guarantee that companies had to spend for employees. As part of the new move, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) will start refunding bank guarantees to employers worth up to Dh14 billion in total. Read article...
17.10.2018 United Arab Emirates
Approval needed for personal use medicines
Dubai: All tourists and residents of UAE will now be required to fill in an electronic form to get approval to carry any kind of medication for personal use, said a top Ministry of Health and Prevention official. The Import of Personal Medication service was launched at Gitex 2018. Travellers now required to fill in electronic form to get approval to carry medication, Read article...
16.10.2018 United Arab Emirates
Legal Forum 2018 – FOR FREE
Fur ClubMitglieder, einmal im Jahr richtet der German Emirates Club ein Legal Forum aus um Sie, liebe ClubMitglieder, zu bedeutenden rechtlichen Themen und über Gesetzesänderungen zu informieren. Read article...
08.10.2018 United Arab Emirates
All you need to know about UAE amnesty 2018: Eligibility, procedure, where to do it, fees and visas
How to make use of the amnesty for residency law violators, announced by the UAE Government, The amnesty announced by the UAE Government for residency law violators started on Wednesday. Amnesty seekers can escape legal action, including a fine, by either leaving the country or regularising their status from Wednesday, August 1, until October 31. Read article...
01.08.2018 United Arab Emirates
Cabinet approves VAT cash back for tourists visiting UAE
Tourists will be able to claim VAT back on goods bought in the UAE starting from later this year. The UAE Cabinet approved a plan to create a refund system for tourists on Wednesday. The tax refund system is designed to support the growth of the UAE’s tourism sector, according to a statement on Wam, the UAE’s state news agency. Read article...
15.07.2018 United Arab Emirates
UAE signs Multilateral Instrument
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Multilateral Instrument or MLI). Earlier this year, the UAE was removed from the European Union's list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. The signing of the MLI by the UAE on June 27, 2018 will reinforce its position as a cooperative and transparent jurisdiction. Read article...
10.07.2018 United Arab Emirates
Hamdan orders no increase in Dubai government fees for the next three years
Investors and analysts cheer decision to freeze government fees, move seen boosting economic growth and private investments.Dubai government fees will not be hiked over the next three years. The move is in line with the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Read article...
25.06.2018 United Arab Emirates
Lower municipality fees to benefit hotels
Move to discount fees 30% aimed at spurring Dubai’s tourism and hospitality sectors. Dubai Municipality has confirmed that it will implement the government’s decision to cut 30 per cent of municipality fee applicable in hotels and certain other hospitality firms from July 1. Fine dining, hotel stays, and all other hotel services will be cheaper in Dubai from next month. Read article...
23.06.2018 United Arab Emirates
New UAE labour insurance policy protects expat workers from job loss
The initiative will ensure gratuity, holiday and notice period payments are made if an employer is unable to meet them. Payouts on the Dh60 insurance policy are capped at Dh20,000 making them more beneficial for low-income workers. New UAE legislation that replaces bank guarantees for private sector labour recruitment with a low-cost insurance policy will reduce costs for employers and offer better protection to vulnerable low-income expat employees. Read article...
20.06.2018 United Arab Emirates
Dubai Land Department to enable fully-digitised real estate transactions
The Dubai Land Department is creating a ‘smart’ digitised platform that will eliminate the need for paper documentation of sales and rental transactions and other conveyancing by 2020, it said on Monday. “By removing many traditional limitations in the real estate transaction process, the smart real estate system allows landlords to trade and sell their properties anytime and from anywhere in the world,” said DLD director general Sultan bin Mejren in a statement. Read article...
30.05.2018 United Arab Emirates
New UAE student visa will give families relief, says official
Dubai: The new long-term visa for students in the UAE will have a positive social impact, besides making the country a more attractive destination for foreign students and universities, a senior official said. In an interview, Mohammad Abdullah, managing director of Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), said the five-year residence visa for students will bring an added sense of security and stability to youth and their families. Read article...
27.05.2018 United Arab Emirates
UAE's new visa regulations: what we know
Cabinet decision paves the way for long-term stays and seemingly means companies based outside of free zones to no longer require an Emirati partner. Major changes to the way expats are employed, their legal residency status and the ability for foreign companies to be owned without a local partner were outlined on Sunday night.The decision by the UAE Cabinet could have far reaching consequences - but raises many complex questions. Read article...
23.05.2018 United Arab Emirates
Trademark Protection and Registration in the UAE
Awareness of the importance to protect trademarks is continuously growing all over the globe due to the enormous losses sustained by the industrial countries because of the spread of counterfeit trademarks and products. This requires a permanent effort for fighting counterfeit or infringement the trademarks. Therefore, it is a necessity to be continuously on the lookout over all industrial property legislation worldwide to achieve optimal success in IP-Protection. Read article...
07.05.2018 United Arab Emirates
As Ramadan moves into prime tourist season, Dubai's relaxed licensing rules offer boost for businesses
Authorities allow establishments to serve alcohol and food during the day after success in trials, Many bars and restaurants in Dubai will be allowed to to sell food and alcohol during the day this Ramadan. The city's tourism authority said there is a need to "strike the balance" to ensure residents and tourists are catered for while ensuring there is respect given to those fasting and observing the Holy Month. Read article...
01.05.2018 United Arab Emirates
UAE postpones good conduct certificate requirement for job visas
Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announces postponement of new requirement, The requirement for a good conduct certificate was first enforced on February 4, after the UAE government announced that all expats applying for a job in the UAE must first obtain a certificate of good conduct in order to be issued a work permit. Read article...
02.04.2018 United Arab Emirates
Safe drivers in UAE entitled to no-claims discounts of up to 20%
Those with clean records can now demand their insurer offers them a better deal when renewing their policy, Courtesy Dubai Police. Safe drivers must demand no-claims discounts on their car insurance, experts advise, after new regulations from the UAE Insurance Authority came into force at the start of the year. Read article...
27.03.2018 United Arab Emirates
Now, do multiple UAE jobs without employer's consent
Companies in the UAE can now hire employees on part-time contracts from both inside and outside the country. A new system implemented by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation allows employees - both Emiratis and foreign workers - to work for more than one employer without having to obtain an approval from their primary employer. Read article...
25.03.2018 United Arab Emirates
VAT Legislation Seminar in UAE
Meyer-Reumann & Partners and The Nautical Institute UAE branch are pleased to welcome you to our first Presentation of the year 2018. We look forward to seeing you in large numbers at this very interesting and Topical Presentation which has gripped UAE. Details of which are appended in Read article...
05.03.2018 United Arab Emirates
UAE good conduct certificate requirement postponed for Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers
A new requirement for foreign workers to provide a "good conduct and behaviour certificate" from their home country before they can obtain a work visa has been postponed for domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has issued a circular to Tasheel Service centres postponing the implementation of the certificate until June of this year. Read article...
20.02.2018 United Arab Emirates
Oman has announced new tourist visa rules
Planning a spontaneous weekender in Oman? A little more planning ahead may now be necessary, as you will no longer be able to rock up and apply for your visa at one of the service desks on arrival. Instead, all applications for tourist and express visas will now have to be made online in advance via the Royal Oman Police eVisa website, these changes will come into effect on March 21. Read article...
20.02.2018 Oman
Free zone: no legal basis for companies refusing to work with freelancers over VAT
Authority responds as firms avoid self-employed professionals that are not even required to register. That was the assessment of one free zone as it responded to reports that companies are telling self-employed individuals they won't work with them unless they have a VAT registration number. Read article...
24.01.2018 United Arab Emirates
IHK Spezial: GCC-Staaten
Die Geschäftschancen für schwäbische Unternehmen in den arabischen Golfstaaten (GCC) sind vielfältig. So sind wieder zahlreiche öffentliche und private Groβprojekte in Planung, zudem besteht ein hoher Bedarf an ausländischem Know-how und Produkten. Der geschäftliche Erfolg hängt dabei davon ab, den Markteintritt nicht nur in wirtschaftlicher Hinsicht vorzubereiten, sondern speziell auch die gegenwärtigen rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen zu kennen. Read article...
22.01.2018 Germany
M&P welcomes Mrs. Mariem Al-Ssayrafi
We are please to announce that Mrs Mariem Al-Ssayrafi joined our team in our Dubai office. Today we use this opportunity to give her a chance to introduce herself to you: “The wish to become a lawyer arose early, already in my childhood, and I am happy to be able to fulfill this dream now at Meyer- Reumann & Partners in their Dubai office. Read article...
21.01.2018 United Arab Emirates
Important Information for Consumers Regarding VAT
The Ministry of Economy and The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) to protect consumers from profiteering over VAT, On Sunday has been launched an “integrated programme” to prevent businesses from taking advantage of VAT to increase prices and protect consumers’ rights and prevent profiteering. Read article...
21.01.2018 United Arab Emirates
Twenty free zones told they are exempt from VAT
Twenty free zones in the UAE will be exempt from VAT, bringing an end an anxious wait for businesses unsure if they they would be affected or not. Areas such as the Free Trade Zone of Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali Free Zone are among those that are exempt. The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) published a document from the Cabinet on Tuesday January 9 - a week after the country saw the introduction of the five per cent levy on January 1. Read article...
11.01.2018 United Arab Emirates
How to apply for 'Good Conduct' certificate to get your work visa
The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority on Sunday called on businesses who haven't registered for VAT to do so to avoid fines and legal proceedings. The UAE began implementing 5 per cent VAT on January 1, but some businesses have failed to register for the levy. Khalid Al Bustani, the director general of the FTA, said in August that an estimated 350,000 companies were subject to VAT and should register before December 4. Read article...
11.01.2018 United Arab Emirates
VAT Penalties warning for unregistered companies
The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority on Sunday called on businesses who haven't registered for VAT to do so to avoid fines and legal proceedings. The UAE began implementing 5 per cent VAT on January 1, but some businesses have failed to register for the levy. Khalid Al Bustani, the director general of the FTA, said in August that an estimated 350,000 companies were subject to VAT and should register before December 4. Read article...
08.01.2018 United Arab Emirates

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