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The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia adopted a resolution dated 03/06/1444H (corresponding to 27 December 2022G) clarifying the consequences in terms of eligibility to compete for government contracts for companies that fail to locate their Regional Headquarters (“RHQ”) in Saudi Arabia. This clarification has been anticipated for some time, since the Kingdom first announced at the end of 2020 that multinationals wishing to continue contracting with the government would need to locate their RHQs…

In brief The UAE Government has recently announced legislation requiring employees in the Federal Government and private sector to register in an unemployment insurance scheme. The scheme is designed to provide financial support to employees in the event that the employee loses their job. What do employees need to do? Employees must register with an unemployment insurance scheme starting from 1 January 2023.Unemployment insurance schemes are provided by a number of selected insurance providers in…

What has changed? The maximum three-year limit for fixed term contracts has been removed. While contracts still require to be for a limited term, employers now have flexibility with regards to the length of the term. We have already prepared and have been using our new contract templates (and issued contract amendments converting unlimited term contracts to limited term contracts). Do we need to change all of our contracts again? Unlikely. We expect that the…

In brief The Government of Egypt has now expressly recognized the production, storage and export of green hydrogen and green ammonia among the areas falling within the state’s economic development strategy. It has also passed a decree that would allow green hydrogen and green ammonia projects to benefit from a wide range of state support under the country’s existing Investment Law No. 72 of 2017 (“Investment Law”), including tax incentives. This is a key development…

In brief The long-awaited Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 on Regulation of Labour Relations (the “New Labour Law”) is among a number of new legal developments introduced recently in the UAE. Over the course of the last few weeks we have also seen significant changes to the Data Protection and e-Transactions Laws, and of course, the change to the UAE weekend which has attracted significant attention worldwide. On Tuesday, 7 December 2021, the UAE Government…