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Dr. Habib Al Mulla

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In brief The recently issued Rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (the “New DIAC Rules“) have come into effect on 21 March 2022. Following the joint press release of the DIAC and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), all arbitrations, mediations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings submitted to the DIAC after this date will be governed by the New DIAC Rules. The New DIAC Rules also align with the procedural developments entrenched in…

A recent judgment by the Dubai Courts in favor of a major real estate developer has shed light on how the courts interpret the termination of a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) entered into by an investor for a hotel apartment specifically for investment purposes. The Court of Cassation recently handed down a distinct judgment: the purpose behind the purchase of a hotel flat or hotel unit is critical for determining the right to terminate…

In brief Following the issuance of Decree No. 34 of 2021 which abolished the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) have now confirmed the administration of DIFC-LCIA cases going forward. According to their joint press release issued on 28 March 2022, all cases commenced and registered with the DIFC-LCIA on or before 20 March 2022 will now be administered by the LCIA. Cases commenced…

Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International successfully represented a global e-commerce company in a series of appeals filed against administrative penalties imposed by the Federal Tax Authority (“FTA”) in connection with delayed payment of VAT due. The UAE Federal Supreme Court recently dismissed an appeal filed by the FTA to impose administrative fines and penalties against the company, and ordered that the FTA to repay the full amount…

Several modes of settlement of administrative penalties now introduced – pay 50% in cash or through a guarantee and your tax challenge will be admissible! The UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA) will today start implementing new procedures to facilitate the ease for tax registrants to submit reconsideration requests and objections to the FTA’s decisions, for implementing the decisions of the Tax Dispute Resolution Committee (TDRC), appeal procedures, controls for reducing administrative penalties, the payment of…