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In brief As the Dubai real estate market continues to break pre-pandemic transaction records, a new real estate law has been introduced to further support the growth of property investment funds in Dubai. With the issuance of Decree No. 22 of 2022 (the Property Investment Funds Law), a new register (the Register of Property Investment Funds) has been established at the Dubai Land Department (the DLD) which entitles registered funds certain rights to facilitate their…

Increasing the number of UAE nationals in the private sector has long been a key objective for the government. In the past, the UAE government has launched a significant number of laws and initiatives to support the localisation of the workforce. The government has recently increased its efforts in this regard and introduced a suite of new laws, including an obligation to recruit Emirati employees at the rate of 2% per year, to drive forward…

In brief The UAE Ministry of Finance (“MoF”) announced on 28 April 2022 a public consultation on the proposed federal corporate tax (“CT”) framework. The consultation will run until 19 May 2022 and businesses are encouraged to make their submissions online. The submission link can be found here: https://www.mof.gov.ae/en/resourcesAndBudget/Pages/Corporate-Tax-Submission-Public-Consultation.aspx It should be noted that the content of the public consultation document is not intended to reflect the final view of the UAE government. Therefore, the…

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…