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.
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.
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.
Organ donation from deceased now legalized in UAE
Organ donation procedures in the UAE must be in accordance with Law No. 15 of 1993 Regulating the Transfer and Transplant of Human Organs, Ministerial Decision No. 566 of 2010 on Implementing the Regulation of Federal Law No. 15 of 1993 Regulating the Transfer and Transplant of Human Organs and Unified Guide to Organ Transfer and Transplant in the GCC.
The law prohibits trafficking of human organs. Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi is the only authorised organ transplantation centre in the UAE.
Qatar crisis: How you will be affected
As of June 5, 2017 the UAE has severed all relations with the State of Qatar, including breaking off diplomatic
relations, giving Qatari diplomats 48 hours to leave the UAE. This is in support of statements of Kingdom of Bahrain
and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Qatar.
Beware, new UAE traffic rules take effect this July
Maj. Gen. Mohammed Saif Al-Zafin, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police for Operations Affairs and Chairman
of the Federal Traffic Council, confirmed that the ministerial decision No. 178 of 2017 on the rules and procedures of
traffic control and the new traffic violations and fines are set to be implemented by July 1, 2017. Eating or drinking,
using mobile phone, putting makeup or adjusting the ghatra/scarf will result in a fine and four black points.