Q & A in UAE Employment Law

1. Does an employee’s resignation require the employer’s consent?

The resignation of an employee is valid under all circumstances and even where the employer does not approve of the resignation, the Labour Law does not require the consent of the employer for the employee to resign from their position. The employee should provide the requisite notice […]

UAE VAT Laws

The Federal Government of the UAE will introduce Value Added Tax (VAT) Law (“the Law”) with effect from 1 January 2018. VAT is a form of indirect tax and applies to the majority of transactions. A levy is imposed on all taxable supplies (including deemed supply) as well as imported goods meaning they shall be […]

New Dubai Law No. 15 – Nita Maru

New Dubai Law on Non-Muslim Wills and Administration of Non-Muslim Estates in Dubai.

Non-Muslim expats welcome a new law recently issued in Dubai which creates a legal framework for registration and enforcement of non-Muslim wills.  It outlines legal procedures that will encourage expat resident in Dubai or living abroad to prepare and register wills for assets […]

Employment Contracts: the difference between limited and unlimited contracts

Employers and employees often find themselves confused between the two types of employment contracts that exist in the UAE. One is known as a limited contract or term and the other is an unlimited contract or term. Commonly, individuals and companies are unaware of the main distinctions between the two types of contracts until a […]

FAQ’s on Divorce in the UAE – Nita Maru

When a couple decide to divorce, various issues arise which may be further complicated when you are residing in a foreign country where you are not aware of the local laws and procedures.
The laws governing divorce in the UAE are very different from the UK and for that matter, most other non-Sharia law jurisdictions. The […]

To the long life of your business – Nita Maru

On the business front, if you do not have a proper business succession plan or estate planning in place, you simply cannot be sure what will happen after your death: whether your family will be provided for, who will look after your business, and when and how your beneficiaries will stand to benefit from the […]

Fewer people tying the knot in Dubai – Nita Maru

Number of registered marriages falls from 5,090 to 4,457 in two years.

The number of marriages in Dubai has come down over the last couple of years, according to data released by the Dubai Statistics Centre. While a total of 5,090 marriages were registered in 2014, the number dropped to 4,851 in 2015 and 4,457 in […]

What You Need To Know Before Starting A Franchise Business

In basic terms, a franchise is a license, or permission to use the name and products of an existing business, as well as the trademark. The party that grants the franchise is known as a franchisor and the party taking the franchise is known as a franchisee. Once the franchisor grants the franchise to a […]

Where UAE contract law differs from abroad

Often when companies are doing business in the UAE; and, in particular, wishing to draft a contract, there is a temptation to go online and find a document to copy and paste. Many documents online originate from either the United States or the England, or countries following a similar legal system- the common law system.
However, […]

Start-ups Basics: Protecting Your Idea

Many IT companies start with an idea- some of them are good, some not so good. After the basic idea, it is often the case the people behind the idea, the tech guys, will start going around pitching the idea or the concept to potential investors- these could friends/family, incubators, banks, private equity groups, venture […]