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Help! I have got a labor ban

by Al Mubasheri | January 2017

It may be noted that usually employment bans are not imposed on individuals who have completed one year of continuous service in their previous employment. But unfortunately, in your case, the period…read more

China Stays on Guard Against Protectionist Action from

Trump

by Al Mubasheri | December 2016

Beijing // The US president Donald Trump’s inaugural speech has concerned Chinese officials that his past threats about imposing restrictions on Chinese business was not merely election rhetoric and he might actually implement them.Chinese state media claims he is using political issues such as Taiwan and the South…read more

New UAE Law Brings Options for First-time Drug Offenders

by Al Mubasheri | October 2016

ABU DHABI // Use of illegal drugs has been downgraded to a misdemeanour and options other than jail have been provided for first-time offenders, under changes to the anti-narcotics law.The minimum four-year jail sentence has been reduced to two, and the Attorney General has the power to send an offender for treatment without….read more

UAE and South Korea Agree to Visa-Free Travel

by Al Mubasheri | September 2016

Emiratis looking to travel to South Korea no longer need a visa after an agreement was signed between the two governments last week. The agreement, effective immediately, was signed last week by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and South Korean….read more

UAE Law Grants Child Rights Officer Power to Take Child Away From Abusive Home

by Al Mubasheri | August 2016

Child protection specialists have been given the authority to enter a home and remove a person under 18 years of age who is being abused or neglected. Any person who hinders a specialist in their work can be fined up to Dh50,000, according to Article 61 of Wadeema’s Law. The child protection specialists can intervene when the child’s health, physical or psychological, is threatened.

Child abuse, as defined by law, covers not just physical…..read more

Moral Education to be introduced to UAE School Curriculums

by Al Mubasheri | July 2016

"Moral education" will be introduced to school curriculums in an initiative from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.The subject aims to promote ethics, personal and community growth, culture and heritage, civic education, and rights and responsibilities.

"Through reinforcing values that have enabled the UAE to become what it is now, and through highlighting our…..read more

 

UAE Child Protection Law to take effect on June 15

by Al Mubasheri | June 2016

A new law takes effect on Wednesday to protect children from abuse and neglect, and support their right to safety, shelter, health care and education. For the first time, anyone in contact with a child – from parents and teachers to doctors and nurses – can be held accountable for causing harm, and is legally obliged to report cases of suspected abuse.

In Dubai, two child protection centres have…..read more

 

Basic Food Prices Slashed in the UAE for Ramadan

by Al Mubasheri | May 2016

Prices of 5,000 food items will be reduced by up to 70 per cent at supermarkets this Ramadan, the Ministry of Economy said on Wednesday.

More imports, agreements with suppliers and hundreds of inspections are among the measures to ensure the prices remain low in the holy month, said Dr Hashem Al Nuaimi, director of the ministry’s consumer protection department. Dr Al Nuaimi said…..read more

 

Labour Law Awareness Campaigns to soon target UAE Employers

by Al Mubasheri | April 2016

Employers will soon be targeted in a campaign to improve their relationships with workers after more stringent labour laws took effect this year. Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, made the comments to a group of 400 workers at an Abu Dhabi labour camp while launching the second phase of the Know Your Rights campaign. The spreading of knowledge about labour laws will help establish….read more

 

Sharjah Suburb Cleared of Single Men

by Al Mubasheri | March 2016

Emirati families living in the Sharjah suburb of Samnan say they are now enjoying peace and quiet because the area has been cleared of single men. The decision to force bachelors and labourers, who often lived in crowded and unsafe villas, to relocate was made in August by Sharjah Ruler Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.

Retiree Awad bin Ali, who has lived in the area for 13 years, said……read more

 

Changes to Federal Government, as announced by Shiekh Mohammed Bin Rashid

by Al Mubasheri | February 2016

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced changes throughout the federal government during a “Dialogue of the Future” on Twitter that lasted for three hours on Monday evening.

Approved by President Sheikh Khalifa, these amount to the largest structural change in the UAE government’s history, Sheikh Mohammed said, and encompass sweeping adjustments across…..read more

UAE Employment Contracts Now Offered In 11 Languages

by Al Mubasheri | January 2016

The Ministry of Labour is now offering labour contracts and other employment documentation in 11 languages. “Arabic and English are obligatory in the job offer, contract and annexes, in addition to a third language comprehensible to the worker wishing to come to the United Arab Emirates, to change establishments or who was upgraded and requires a new labour card. The same is applicable….. read more

Tighter Regulations for Abu Dhabi Real Estate Workers to take Effect in 2016

by Al Mubasheri | December 2015

Property professionals must take part in training and obtain a permit from the Government before they can do business in Abu Dhabi, under a new law. As part of tighter regulations for the industry, the Department of Municipal Affairs will begin issuing the permits for developers, brokers, surveyors and auctioneers, the Government announced yesterday. Others affected include assessors and managers of….read more

First UAE Local Elections set for Sharjah in January

by Al Mubasheri | November 2015

The first elections to the Sharjah Consultative Council will begin on January 30 and last for two days. Those elected to the 21 seats will serve a four-year term. The Sharjah Ruler, Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, in June announced that half the consultative council would be elected, with the other 21 seats filled by Ruler appointees. Six seats are for Sharjah city citizens, while nine seats are distributed evenly…read more

Dubai Law to Ease Data Sharing between Government Agencies and Private Sector

by Al Mubasheri | October 2015

A new law to ease data sharing between Government agencies and the private sector was launched on Saturday as part of the emirate’s Smart City initiative. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced details of the Dubai Data Law through his Twitter account, @HHShkMohd. “We issued today Dubai Data Law, which will allow sharing of Government data with private sector for a better Smart City of Dubai,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted. “ Dubai….read more

 

UAE Retirement Age and Pensions Rumours Denied

by Al Mubasheri | September 2015

Abu Dhabi, The General Pensions and Security Authority (GPSSA) has denied reports that the age of retirement will be raised and pension fund deductions increased. “The retirement age is still 60 and not 65 as the circulated reports claim,” said Mohamed Al Hameli, the acting director of the authority. “Anyone who retires before the age of 60….read more

Pension Authority issues Statement about Amendments to Retirement and Pension Laws

by Al Mubasheri | August 2015

The General Pension and Social Security Authority has issued a statement about amendments to retirement and pension laws in light of rumours circulating online. “Information is circulating online about the new pension laws taken from a link about the new law from our website,” the authority said on Wednesday. “This information contains an abbreviated explanation of the current law issued in 2007. We ask the general public to verify information before….read more


UAE Anti-discriminatory Law bans Hate Speech, Promotion of Violence

by Al Mubasheri | July 2015
 
The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law against any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, color or ethnic origin following a decree by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The new law criminalizes any act that stokes religious hatred and/or which insults religion through….read more

Sheikh Khalifa issues Law Regulating Abu Dhabi Real Estate

by Al Mubasheri | June 2015
 
Abu Dhabi, President Sheikh Khalifa has issued a law regulating the property sector in the emirate. The law includes a provision to protect the rights of buyers when units are sold before completion and specifies the jurisdiction of the Department of Municipal Affairs regarding property issues. Other provisions include….read more

UAE must enact Child Protection Law, FNC Member says

by Al Mubasheri | May 2015
 
Abu Dhabi, A leading children rights campaigner has called for a comprehensive social support system, backed by law, to care for abused children. The child protection law was passed by the FNC last year but is awaiting final approval. It has clauses that give child specialists, under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice, the authority to….read more

FNC Passes New Customs Law That Highlights Reform

by Al Mubasheri | April 2015
 
Abu Dhabi, A Federal Customs Authority law was passed during a Federal National Council session. The aim of the law is to monitor customs activity, combat smuggling operations and fraud, and ensure proper oversight. There were challenges in the customs sector because of the delay in creating legislation and because….read more

UAE Drafting Law for 100% Foreign Ownership of Firms

by Al Mubasheri | March 2015
 
UAE drafting a foreign investment law that would allow 100 percent foreign ownership of businesses in some sectors, the economy minister said on Monday. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, speaking at an international investment conference in Dubai, did not specify the sectors or say when the law might be passed. The initiative may mark a more aggressive push by the Arab world's second biggest economy to…read more

UAE Companies Commercial Law

by Al Mubasheri | February 2015
 
UAE company law has evolved over time with the promulgation and implementation of the Company Law in 1984. Prior to this law, companies were established according to the local laws and practices of the Municipalities and local authorities in the emirate they were established in. these laws, rules and practices provided that any person or entity intending to…read more

UAE Immigration Law

by Al Mubasheri | January 2015
 
Every country has a bunch of laws and regulations to control the flow of foreigners in and out of its bounders. In UAE, the law governing immigration is contained in The Federal Law No.6 of 1973.The general rule regarding foreign visitors to the UAE is that all visitors require visas apart from those who are no transit ــ they are passengers who do not leave…read more

Purchasing Property in Dubai

by Al Mubasheri | December 2014
 
Purchasing property in Dubai is a relatively straightforward process. Property development companies will readily sell you property without an agent. However, you should always find an agent to help you with the purchase process because laws and regulations may change quickly. Real estate companies that will help you find agents and brokers in Dubai include Better Homes or Smith and Ken. These companies…read more

Driving Licenses in Dubai

by Al Mubasheri | November 2014
 
Anyone who wishes to drive in Dubai needs a valid driving license. This also applies to tourists and temporary residents, who can drive with an International Driving Permit as long as they hold a valid license issued by one of a number of approved countries. Those who plan to become residents of Dubai must apply for a Dubai license. Expatriates from certain countries are able to exchange their existing license for a Dubai one, but new drivers, anyone without a valid Dubai…read more

UAE Labor Law

by Al Mubasheri | October 2014
 
Labor matters in the UAE are governed by Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 Regulating Labor Relations as amended by Federal Laws No. 24 of 1981, No.15 of 1985 and No.12 of 1986 (the “Law”). There are special labor related regulations applicable in some of the free zones in the UAE, such as the Jebel Ali Free Zone. According to Article 3 of the Law, the Law applies to all staff and employees working in the UAE, whether UAE nationals or expatriates. However, there are certain categories of individuals who…read more

Debts and Bounced Cheques in Dubai: Civil and Criminal Implications under the UAE Law

by Al Mubasheri | September 2014
 
The growing need of expatriates and nationals alike, for quick solutions from managing mundane expenses to business survival essentials has been remarkable along with the country’s progressive rise throughout the years. Methods of acquiring loans and credits have significantly influenced the lives of people in the gulf. Credit card utilization for example, records the highest penetration in UAE in 2011 as reported by Lafferty group with figures of 199.4 credit cards…read more

Rights of Women after Dissolution

by Al Mubasheri | August 2014
 
Divorce has been made quite complex for the women to attain according to the law. While men remains to have divorce rights without legal intervention, women, in contrast may only be permitted such through a court and are required by federal law to go through guidance and arbitration in all emirates before such divorce is granted…read more

Divorce Facts in UAE

by Al Mubasheri | July 2014 
 
Throughout the decade, a significant rise on divorce cases has been apparent for UAE making it one of the largest Arab economies to have the highest divorce rate among the GCC Nations. Most recent statistics obtained was from 2012 exhibiting 25.6% rise in total incidence in the country. There is also a noticeable ascend in the number of divorce among …read more

Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) Offshore Company Formation

by Al Mubasheri | June 2014
 
United Arab Emirates is one of the fastest developing countries in the globe. It has since showed promising stability in providing international business investors with substantial economic growth throughout the passing years with market trends offering diverse prospective opportunities. Dubai offshore company formation is one of the excellent approaches for tax savings and protection of assets. Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) is the regulatory authority…read more

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