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On 31 March 2022, the Ministry of Commerce published for consultation a draft Consumer Protection Law (“Draft Law”) on the Public Consultation Platform, which will close for comments on 15 May 2022. The Draft Law is intended to be administered by a yet to be defined competent governmental authority, presumably a department within the Ministry of Commerce (“Competent Authority”). The scope of the Draft Law is limited to business to consumer (B2C) transactions, as it…

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.…

On 25 May 2020, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, has announced the gradual reopening of business activities in Dubai and removal of all movement restrictions between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm, as of 27 May 2020. The sectors allowed to resume activities include retail and wholesale outlets, airports, clinics, educational and training institutions, sports academies, cinemas, entertainment and leisure attractions,…

On 15 April 2020, based on a study presented by the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA), the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 17/2020 fixing the prices of some products needed to combat COVID-19 for at least three months ending on 14 July 2020 (the Decision). This Decision is the first successful implementation of Article 10 of the Egyptian Competition Law (ECL), which grants the Council of Ministers the right to fix the prices of strategic/essential product(s)…

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.