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Today, 4 November 2020, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (“MHRSD”) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia launched the Labor Reform Initiative under the National Transformation Program to enhance the contractual relationship between employees and employers in the Kingdom. It applies to all foreign national employees working in the private sector and will come into effect on 14 March 2021. Key features include: Transfer of employee without the current employer’s consent.Travel outside the…

In the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis, working-from-home has become the new normal, however, it does present a number of practical challenges, including how to execute legally binding documents. It has long been common practice for deal documents to be signed in counterpart, on different days, by signatories in different corners of the globe, but with our freedom of movement curtailed and home printing capabilities limited, feasible options are often restricted. Electronic contract execution…

What has changed? The Ministry of Commerce and Investment in Saudi Arabia (MoCI) adopted the Implementing Regulations of the E-Commerce Law, with immediate effect on 31 January 2020, to accompany the recent shift towards electronic transactions that commerce is experiencing globally which helps achieve the strategic objectives of Vision 2030. Objectives The new regulations aim to (i) increase confidence in e-commerce transactions; (ii) provide consumers necessary protections against fraud, deception and misinformation; and (iii) boost…

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.