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Update on regulatory framework for crowdfunding platforms in the UAE

By Yi Ling Wong and Samarth Chaddha In the June-July 2016 edition of Al Tamimi’s Law Update Article (, we have previously provided an overview on the Crowdfunding Platforms in the UAE and highlighted some of the key regulatory issues commonly encountered. In an effort to facilitate the growth of the SME sector and FinTech […]

GDPR: Guide to implications for Middle East marketing activities

By Fiona Robertson The GDPR is intended to protect the data of residents of EU countries but in doing so, there are claims that it has the capacity to extend beyond the jurisdiction of the European Union to the operations of entities outside that region. The intention of this article is not to provide an […]

A beginner’s guide to smart contracts

Smart contracts will have a disruptive effect on traditional contractual performance, both practically and conceptually. However, are smart contracts actually “contracts” and are they really “smart”? What are smart contracts?

The regulation of electronic transactions in Oman

By Ahmed Al Barwani With the fast development and implementation of technology and the internet in processing operations in private and public sectors, and concluding transactions locally and internationally online or electronically on a cross-border basis, it has become essential to develop a legal framework to safeguard the rights and interests of stakeholders utilising such […]

The growth of the gig economy in the UAE

By Sabrina Saxena The UAE is not as flexible as other jurisdictions and does not accommodate many types of business models. Before an expatriate is eligible to work in the UAE, they must receive approval from the UAE immigration and labour authorities and are required to obtain a residence visa and work permit. As part […]

Dubai: Key terms of a venture capital deal

By Kareem Zureikat The number of e-commerce startups in Dubai is burgeoning; so the Emirate has seen a significant increase in the number of private investors and venture capital funds active in this field. Growth during the early stages of a startup’s cycle requires significant funding, and banks usually step away from investments which are […]

Bahrain’s pitch for start-up success

By Rad El Treki and Hussain Osman Since the launch of Bahrain’s Labour Fund 12 years ago, and as part of Bahrain’s continued move to diversify its economy, the government of Bahrain has placed considerable emphasis on the development of a digital, knowledge-based economy, focusing on SMEs and start-ups as well as seeking to empower […]

New requirements for conducting commercial agency

By Jawad Khalaf and Ali Al Dabbagh In line with other efforts to ease and facilitate trade, the Iraqi government recently issued Law No. 79 of 2017 on regulating commercial agencies. The new commercial agency law was published in the Iraqi official gazette on 13 November 2017 and became effective on the same date. It […]

Forensic accounting in light of the new experts law in Qatar

By Diana Abu Al Adel The combination of two scientific backgrounds by the same person can lead to significant specialised understanding and amazing results. An interesting example closely related to litigation is that of Forensic Accounting, a unique combination between law and accounting. This combination has been introduced in Qatar by the implementation of the […]

Domain name strategies for brand owners

by Stephen Jiew Having a website is essential for any business wishing to have an online presence. In doing so, brand owners are well advised to take control of their domain name management. It is a truism that any brand worth protecting is worth hijacking and nowhere is it easier to misappropriate than in cyberspace […]

Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, real estate and the UAE

By Ian Arnott Dubai has announced its intentions to be the first blockchain powered government and be a leading centre for blockchain development. The Dubai Blockchain Strategy was announced in late 2016 and built upon the three pillars of: government efficiency; industry creation; and international leadership. As part of this strategy, the Dubai Land Department […]

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