Fewer people tying the knot in Dubai

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 […]

Rights on changing jobs in UAE

A recent letter by a 7DAYS reader about changing jobs sparked a lot of debate. The reader was worried that their current employer would cause trouble for them if they tried to leave and the person wanted to know what their rights were.
Here, solicitor Nida Chaudhry answers some of the key questions about moving companies.
Can […]

BIDAYA Magazine Feature

Where there’s a Will

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has formed the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, which allows non-Muslim individuals owning assets within Dubai to freely dispose of their Dubai estate in the event of death.
Following her involvement with the creation of the registry, which starts today, Dubai-based solicitor Nita Maru answers key questions on the issue […]

Upcoming Wills and Probate Registry for Non Muslims – Early 2015

In a landmark move, the Dubai International Financial Centre (‘DIFC’) has set the ball rolling for the introduction of new rules relating to succession and inheritance matters of non-Muslims owning assets in the Emirate.
On November 16th 2014, the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority launched a month-long consultation with the public UAE legal community […]

Registry for Expats will set launch at DIFC

Legal uncertainties over expatriate wills in Dubai could become a thing of the past with the launch early next year of a new registry.
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) hopes that the new wills and probate registry – open to all non-Muslim expatriates – will benefit those wishing to hold financial and real estate assets […]

Will registry for expats launched by DIFC

DUBAI In a landmark move, Dubai has set the ball rolling for the introduction of new rules relating to succession and inheritance matters of non-Muslims owning assets in the emirate.
On November 16, the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) launched a month-long consultation with the UAE legal community and the public on a […]

UAE inheritance system

Q:How different is the UAE inheritance system with that of other countries?
In the UAE, inheritance for Muslim nationals is guided by Sharia laws(a system of Islamic law based on the Quran), while the law of the deceased’s home country can be applied for non-Muslim expatriates. Sharia is not a codified law and is capable of […]

Property inheritance matters

As if expat life were not fraught enough with challenges and complications, families of those who invest in properties here face further complications in the sad event that the property owner passes away intestate. Nita Maru of TWS Legal Consultants shares some legal advice regarding the above.
How different is the UAE inheritance system to that […]

Getting round to owning property in Dubai

From what began as a fledgling real estate industry way back in the early part of this century, the emirate of Dubai had definitely grown in leaps and bounds through the years, with its rapid growth halted only by the crippling global financial crisis.
And although the scars left by the property crash remain visible today, […]