Coronavirus in the UAE – Force Majeure or Hardship?

The coronavirus is the undefeatable proof that we live in a globalized world.  There’s uncertainty as to whether the Covid-19 will be treated under Article 273 (which regulates Force Majeure contentions) or Article 249 (which covers hardship circumstances) of the UAE Civil Code.  In very brief, the key decision maker will be to assess whether

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Can the ongoing coronavirus-led limitations impact signed UAE labor contracts?

The coronavirus is having a global legal impact. We have received a number of parallel inquiries with respect to postponements or cancellations of offer letters or unofficial labor contracts set to start imminently.  Employees are left with an announced departing date at previous positions and a postponement of months prior to supposedly start the position.

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Viajar a España y hacer negocio en España es cada vez más habitual por el atractivo del país en términos de cultura, ubicación, clima, el factor Schengen y la inestabilidad en otras zonas carentes de seguridad jurídica y estabilidad política.  La inmensa mayoría de nuestros clientes llegan a España a bordo de vuelos Emirates provenientes

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Do I need to apply for a visa before visiting Egypt?

When visiting Egypt all foreign nationals must consider applying for an Egyptian visa.  There are only 9 countries worldwide that can visit Egypt without any type of visa. These countries are: Bahrain  Hong Kong Kuwait Lebanon Macao Oman Saudi Arabia UAE Malaysia If you do not have a passport issued from the countries stated above you will need to

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When will I get the money? (After a DIFC based arbitration…)

This is the usual first question once we inform clients about a positive arbitration award. The answer bears a huge ‘depends’: (1) depends on whether or not the award debtor pays after the release of the award; (2) further depends on the process to obtain  the ratification and enforcement of the award; and (3) ultimately depends

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Arbitration Agreements: What? Why? Where? When? How?

What is it? In very brief, an arbitration agreement is a parties’ common intention documented generally via a clause in a commercial contract to bypass national court jurisdictions and refer to an arbitral tribunal to decide a potential dispute.  Why is important? It is important for parties who seek expertise, quickness, confidentiality, neutrality, being able

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Diplomatic Crisis and Sanctions – Qatar & UAE – Arbitration Impact

 The Middle East is a country heavily affected by economic sanctions. The recent Qatari crisis will lead to implications in the practice of arbitration in the region considering the upcoming World Cup 2022 and the Expo 2020. Existing underlying contracts could be impacted by the sanctions and should be looked at with the aim to

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Islamic law

Will intro the Islamic Law

Succession in Dubai has always been a sensitive issue for expats. Even though local regulations apparently allow the application of the resident’s national law, the uncertainty of the relevant articles has led local courts to not always grant the foreign treatment over the Islamic Law. AS A CONSEQUENCE: An important number of residents opted to

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