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Welcome to the September edition of the Hadef & Partners newsletter.

Date Posted: Wed, 14 Sep, 2022

Welcome to the September edition of the Hadef & Partners newsletter.

Read what Hafef & Partners have to say on the new or updated laws in the UAE.

Emiratisation – Act, Don’t React!
Emiratisation (or Emiratization) is a United Arab Emirates (UAE) government initiative to ensure employment of citizens in a meaningful and efficient manner in both the public and private sectors. The UAE government recently approved measures to increase the Emiratisation rate for private sector employers by 2% annually, in respect of skilled jobs within private sector companies, with the aim to meet an overall target of a 10% increase by 2026.

Employers are urged to act and not react to fundamental changes in the UAE Emiratisation initiative. In this article, Rachel Hill, Head of Employment at Hadef & Partners guides employers through the requirements of compliance and warns of the sanctions for noncompliance.

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Dubai Real Estate Law Update – New Incentives For Real Estate Funds In Dubai
Dubai has issued a new decree (Decree No. (22) of 2022), introducing incentives for property investment funds in Dubai. Ashraf Sayed, Partner, Head of Real Estate and Manali Sangoi, Associate at Hadef & Partners discuss the key features of the Decree and its potential impact on real estate investments in Dubai.


Cybercrimes and the Digital World – A UAE Perspective
With the world shifting to the increased use of cyber information technology, electronic information systems, and other information technology platforms for business, communication, entertainment and social interaction purposes, the incidence of cybercrimes is on the rise.

In light of this, the UAE bolstered its cyber protection laws through the enactment of UAE Federal Law No. 34 of 2021 on Countering Rumors and Cybercrimes (the Cybercrimes Law).

In this article, James Dunne, Head of Trade Marks and Brand Protection and Maria Lezala, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution at Hadef & Partners, discuss some of the key provisions of the Cybercrimes Law which may be encountered by the average person, the penalties that apply, and the need to ensure that laws governing our digital activities are adhered to in similar manner to those which apply to ‘real world’ activities.


IPBA Annual Meeting & Conference, Dubai, 7-10 March 2023
The 31st Annual Meeting & Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), will be held for the first time in Dubai from 7 - 10 of March 2023 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Business Bay, Dubai.

The Inter-Pacific Bar Association ("IPBA") is an international association of business and commercial lawyers who live, or otherwise have a strong interest, in the Asia-Pacific Region. It was established in April 1991 and has grown to become the pre-eminent legal association in Asia-Pacific region, with a worldwide membership of 1200 members from over 60 jurisdictions. It is anticipated that 800+ lawyers will attend the Dubai conference.

The Conference is titled ‘One World: Law and the Environment Beyond Covid’. It is vital for lawyers and the legal industry to approach new challenges which businesses now face with both optimism and clarity of vision; accepting and embracing the changes of the new commercial landscape.

Our Executive Partner, Richard Briggs, President of the IPBA and Chair of the Organising Committee for the IPBA Annual Meeting & Conference 2023, says: “it is with great pleasure that I invite you to this ground breaking Conference, which brings this unique and inclusive organisation to the Middle East for the first time”.

The Conference programming and social agendas will enable delegates to explore and discuss updated developments of the current global legal practice. Delegates will see the advantageous role that Dubai and the Middle East region can play in contributing to and facilitating business and commercial endeavours globally.

Please visit Home: The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for the latest information regarding the Conference programme and social events available.


UAE Competition Regime
Practices which can be regarded as preventing, restricting or distorting competition within the internal market can cause significant damage. Corporate partner, Ahmed Hadeed and Head of Commercial, Victoria Woods discuss the UAE competition regime and anti-competitive practices.



Recognition and enforcement of foreign court judgments and foreign arbitration awards in the UAE
With ever-increasing cross-border disputes and a fast-evolving judicial co-operation landscape, a recurring question haunting judgment creditors is that of the viability of enforcement of a foreign court judgment or a foreign arbitration award in the UAE. The UAE courts have recently been seen taking and increasingly pro-enforcement approach provided that the procedures established by law and the pre-requisites governing recognition and enforcement are met.

In this article, Dispute Resolution Partner, Walid Azzam and Associate Abdul Hannan Mian discuss some options that may be available to litigants who have established their rights in a foreign jurisdiction when it comes to enforcement in the on-shore UAE courts and the DIFC court.