Ghada El Ehwany


The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has published a new policy regulating services and devices associated with the Internet of Things (IoT Policy). The IoT Policy’s introduction reflects a growing regional trend to regulate specific market sectors and technologies in response to their increasing prevalence and the perceived risks they present.

Important changes are coming for anyone who collects, processes or transfers electronic health data originating in the UAE. Besides a host of new data protection measures and new rules around use of a centralized database managed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Health, a general prohibition on transferring health data outside the UAE may have a significant impact on healthcare service providers and life sciences companies operating locally.

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) which regulates the information communications and technology (ICT) sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has issued a revised version of its regulatory framework for cloud services, which simultaneously reduces the compliance burden on cloud service providers (CSPs) and enhances the statutory protection afforded to them.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently¬†issued the long-anticipated Federal Law No. 19 of 2018 on Foreign Direct Investment (the FDI Law), which further opens up the UAE mainland market to foreign investors and strengthens the country’s position as the leading foreign investment destination in the region. This follows the announcements made by the UAE in May 2018 regarding plans to boost foreign investment into the country.