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Signing of the “Al-Ula Declaration” ending trade and other restrictions against Qatar As reported in our previous client update, on 5 January 2021, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, along with Egypt, signed the “Al-Ula Declaration” at the 41st GCC Summit held in the city of Al-Ula. This marks the end of a three and a half year boycott…

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has won three awards at the Middle East Legal Awards 2020 hosted by industry leading media group Legal Week on 5 November 2020. During these unprecedented times of market disruption brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and other geopolitical developments, the firm continues to cement its leading position in the legal industry, having won: “Arbitration Team of the Year” and “Real Estate Team of the Year” for the first time, and…

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz Alajlan & Partners alongside Baker McKenzie, London, have advised Saudi Arabian supermarket giant BinDawood Holding Company (BinDawood Holding) on its US$ 585 million IPO, with an implied market capitalization on listing of approximately US$ 2.9 billion. The deal was formally announced on August 31st this year and, following an institutional book building process and retail offering, BinDawood Holding was admitted to listing and trading today. The group operates two key retail grocery brands –…

In brief Our Middle East Tax Newsletter aims to provide you with regular updates, insights and practical guidance on the tax implications of doing business in the region. In this issue, we provide a roundup of the current status of Value Added Tax (VAT) and the most recent tax related developments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as well as their implications on the financial position of businesses. Oman VAT On 12 October 2020, it…

In brief Recent developments in the labour laws of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have been issued to bridge the gender- pay gap between men and women. The updates have been in relation to: (i) prohibiting discrimination, whether in pay or otherwise, between male and female employees who carry out the same job in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain; (ii) introducing paternity leave in the UAE; and (iii) granting female…