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In brief The long awaited Federal Law No. 15 of 2020 on Consumer Protection (the Consumer Protection Law) has been issued on 10 November 2020 and is a major update which aims to revamp and repeal the old UAE consumer protection laws, being Federal Law No. 24 of 2006 (the “Old Law”). Due to the rapid rise of e-commerce globally, including in the UAE, the Consumer Protection Law now acknowledges and captures e-commerce service providers.…

Leading international law firm Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla has advised Dar Al Takaful (DAT), an innovative Islamic insurance company in the UAE, on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Noor Takaful General and Noor Takaful Family for a total consideration of AED 215 million in cash. The transaction has been approved by DAT shareholders, the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (ESCA) and the Insurance Authority, and is expected to be concluded by…

On 2 July 2019 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet announced the relaxation of foreign ownership restrictions for 122 business activities specifically in the manufacturing, agricultural and services categories. This follows the issuance of the new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Law in September 2018 to open up the UAE mainland market to foreign investors.

What has changed?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government intends to further relax foreign ownership restrictions, allowing international investors to own 100% of companies operating in the UAE mainland and granting long-term residency permits for foreign investors for the first time.