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United Arab Emirates: New Law to Support Domestic Workers

(Nov. 9, 2017) On September 26, 2017, Sheikh Khalifa, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), issued Federal Law No. 10 of 2017.  The new Law is aimed at strengthening the legal measures for the protection of domestic service workers. (President Issues Law on Support Service Workers, Cabinet of the UAE website (Sept. 26, 2017).) […]

United Arab Emirates: New Law Issued Creating Value-Added Tax on Transactions

(Oct. 3, 2017) On August 28, 2017, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Finance announced the issuance of Federal Law No. 8 of 2017 on Value-Added Tax (VAT). (Federal Law No. 8 of 2017 on VAT, UAE Ministry of Finance website (Aug. 28, 2017) (click on the PDF icon to view text of the law).) […]

United Arab Emirates: Good Samaritan Pays Blood Money to Save Young Men from Execution

(June 15, 2017) An appeals court in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, issued a decision on May 25, 2017, absolving ten young Indian men from Punjab of the murder of a Pakistani fellow worker. The men were pardoned after a Dubai-based businessman paid blood money to the victim’s father.  (Anju Agnihotri Chaba, Back from Death […]

UAE: Possible New Regulations for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

(Oct. 19, 2016) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reportedly working on enacting new laws to more tightly regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.  Mohammed Faisal al-Dossari of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been quoted as saying “[t]he Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (Esma) is working on laws that will […]

United Arab Emirates: New Law Banning Discrimination

(July 22, 2015) On July 20, 2015, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of religion or ethnic identity. The law also bans discrimination on the grounds of caste, doctrine, color, or race. (Steven Wildberger, UAE Issues Religious Tolerance Law, PAPER CHASE (July 21, 2015).) The Attorney-General of the […]

United Arab Emirates: Anti-Terrorism Law Approved

(Aug. 27, 2014) On August 21, 2014, the Prince of the United Arab Emirates approved Law 7-2014 on combating terrorism and terrorist activities. The new law is aimed at preventing citizens of the United Arab Emirates from joining or establishing terrorist organizations inside the country or abroad. (Anti-Terror Law Approved by the United Arab Emirates […]

United Arab Emirates: New Law Imposes Sanctions on Online Demands for Regime Change

(Nov. 19, 2012) On November 13, 2012, the United Arab Emirates amended Federal Law 2-2006 on electronic crimes. The amended legislation includes provisions that punish anyone convicted of using digital means to call for a regime change, to tarnish the reputation of the federal government, or to post sarcastic comments about public officials. The new […]

United Arab Emirates: Special Human Trafficking Court to Be Established in Dubai

(Oct. 28, 2010) According to a statement given recently by Judge Ahmed Ibrahim Saif to the EMARAT AL YOUM newspaper, Dubai is planning to set up a special court to handle cases of human trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation. It will be an extension of the Criminal Court and is designed to increase the […]

United Arab Emirates: Three Arabs Accused of Human Trafficking in Dubai

(Aug. 25, 2010) On August 18, 2010, the Criminal Court of Dubai tried three individuals from Egypt, Morocco, and Lebanon for smuggling Moroccan women into Dubai to work as prostitutes. The women had been told that they would be working as house maids in the United Arab Emirates. Once the women arrived in Dubai, the […]

United Arab Emirates: Refusal to Appoint Non-Muslims to Judiciary

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, a consultative body, held a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend, in which a proposed amendment to the law of the judiciary was discussed. Sources revealed to the newspaper ASHARQ ALAWSAT that the Council did […]