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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
How Saudi Arabia got itself ready for VAT
Saudi Arabia, along with its five GCC peers, are introducing taxes and undertaking fiscal reforms to cope with the low oil price environment which has slashed government income from hydrocarbons. Saudi Arabia will have a relatively easy time implementing value added tax than its Arabian Gulf neighbours, largely due to its history of imposing taxes and because the 5 per cent levy to be introduced on January 1. Read article...
26.12.2017 Saudi Arabia
Online drone registration system launched by authorities
Distributors and importers of unmanned aerial systems in the UAE are now required to register their drone products online using a new national registration system called My Drone. The platform will be hosted on the Emirates Standards and Metrology Authority (ESMA) website and will simultaneously register the drones with four government entities that oversee the ownership, use, safety Read article...
18.12.2017 United Arab Emirates
Saudi allows women to drive trucks and motorcycles
Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to operate commercial vehicles, drive trucks and ride motorcycles on the kingdom's roads next summer, according to authorities in Riyadh. Months after the historic decision to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia, the traffic department issued new details on the law expected to come into effect next year, said the state-run Saudi Press Agency (Spa). Read article...
17.12.2017 Saudi Arabia
Dubai police Expect Visitors to respect the UAE's rules
As the peak holiday season gets under way and New Year’s Eve approaches tourism police are urging holiday makers to pay heed to the UAE’s culture and rules. “Most problems facing tourists are related to misunderstandings, lack of knowledge about the country’s culture and rules and linguistic barriers,” said Maj Mousa Mubarak, acting director of the Tourism Security Department at Dubai Police. Read article...
18.12.2017 United Arab Emirates
Iraqi parliament rejects changing child marriage law
The proposed amendments to Iraq's personal status law, which were introduced by the council of representatives on November 1, would codify marriage, divorce, inheritance and child custody procedures under religious law. As a young girl she would talk to her doll about the troubles and miseries she felt. She remembers not knowing "what marriage was or any of its responsibilities”. Now 30 years old, the Iraqi woman recalls how her childhood was taken away from her after she was forced to marry at the age of 12. Read article...
15.12.2017 United Arab Emirates
Daman Recap wins dispute with oger in Dubai Courts
Daman Real Estate Capital Partners ( Daman Recap) has won a favourable judgment in the Dubai Courts of Appeal in its long-running dispute with contractor Oger Dubai, relating to the Burj Daman real estate project in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Representatives of Daman Recap, a special purpose vehicle set up for the development of the 3.2 million square foot project, said the Court of Appeal declared null. Read article...
17.12.2017 United Arab Emirates
M&P Welcomes Dr. Sara Corradi
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sara Corradi joint our Dubai office. Today we use this opportunity to give her a chance to introduce herself to you: Born and raised in Piacenza, Italy I graduated there from Liceo Ginnasio Melchiorre Gioia and continued my formation in Legal Studies in Catholic University of Sacred Hearth. Read article...
13.12.2017 United Arab Emirates
The introduction of VAT in the UAE requires Professional Assistance!
The introduction of VAT in the UAE requires Professional Assistance! Seminar 27.11.2017 - 9 am - Dubai World Trade Club. Currently “VAT” is “the” most discussed and yet at the same time the most precarious topic for any company doing business in the UAE. Read article...
22.11.2017 United Arab Emirates
HAPPY NEWS For EXPATS! NOW you can Legally work PART TIME in UAE while you’re working for another COMPANY!
There is often a misconception that nobody can work part time in UAE and you might be flouting law while doing so. Let us clear that the (MOHRE) Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation allows you to go for a part-time job by obtaining a part time work permit. Read article...
20.11.2017 United Arab Emirates
UAE Ministry of Finance Announces Executive Regulation for Federal Decree-Law No. 8 of 2017 on VAT
The UAE Ministry of Finance has announced the Executive Regulation for the Federal Decree-Law No. (8) of 2017 on Value Added Tax at a Cabinet meeting on 7 November 2017, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. Read article...
14.11.2017 United Arab Emirates
Sheikh Mohammed issues Law regulating inheritance, wills and probate for non-Muslims
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued Law No. 15 of 2017 regulating inheritance, wills and probate for non-Muslims. The Law, which is applicable to the wills and assets of non-Muslims based in Dubai including the Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, creates a clear legal framework for non-Muslims to create wills according to their wishes. Read article...
06.11.2017 United Arab Emirates
The introduction of VAT in the UAE requires Professional Assistance! M&P Announces the Cooperation with the Tax Law Expert Mr. Markus Bohnen
Currently “VAT” is “the” most discussed and yet at the same time the most precarious topic for any company doing business in the UAE. For the time being the only certainty appears to be that Value Added Tax (VAT) of 5 % will be introduced in the UAE to most products and services from 01.01.2018. Read article...
25.10.2017 United Arab Emirates
New UAE tax law brings clarity on VAT
The UAE had announced its intention to the introduce value added tax (VAT) in the country starting January 1, 2018. The issuance of the final tax law has set the stage for implementation of VAT and meeting the implementation deadline. Read article...
01.08.2017 United Arab Emirates
New legislation in Abu Dhabi for divorce, marriage and inheritance matters
Regulators in Abu Dhabi will offer the option for non-Muslim expatriates in family and inheritance matters to move away from the otherwise mandatory application of Shariah law. The National reports that with a new marriage mediation law non-Muslim couples in Abu Dhabi will be able to get married and divorced through churches and religious leaders of their own faith. Already earlier a personal affairs court was established for non-Muslims, with a registry that enables expatriates to register a will and to freely determine who should be the beneficiary of their assets. Read article...
16.07.2017 United Arab Emirates
Exemptions from VAT
Residential property in the UAE, some financial services, undeveloped land and local transport will be exempt from value-added tax (VAT), which will be introduced at a rate of 5 per cent on January 1 next year and is expected to boost GDP by about 1.5 per cent. Whereas supplies (including sales or leases) of commercial properties will be taxable at the standard VAT rate, supplies of residential properties will generally be exempt from VAT. This will ensure that VAT would not constitute an irrecoverable cost to persons who buy their own properties. Read article...
16.07.2017 United Arab Emirates
Expanding DIFC’s Jurisdiction
The Dubai International Financial Centre has announcement the expansion of DIFC’s jurisdiction to include a project called Emirates Towers Business Park.
The development is the result of mutual collaboration between Dubai Holding and DIFC, in response to the increasing demand from international corporations looking to set base in Dubai’s thriving business environment and benefit from the Centre’s world-class legal and regulatory framework. Read article...
05.07.2017 United Arab Emirates

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