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International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region

(Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]

Egypt and United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 Vaccine Ruled Permissible under Islamic Law

(Jan. 22, 2021) In December 2020, the official Islamic religious institutions in both Egypt and United Arab Emirates issued fatwas (Islamic rulings) permitting the use of the COVID-19 vaccine. Egypt On December 22, 2020, the secretary general of the Egyptian Dar al-Iftaa, the religious authority responsible for issuing religious decrees, announced that the COVID-19 vaccine […]

United Arab Emirates: Decree-Law Amends Current Family Law

(Dec. 22, 2020) On August 28, 2020, the president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, signed Decree-Law No. 5 of 2020, which amends a number of provisions of the country’s family law, Law No. 28 of 2005. Those provisions regulate issues of (1) financial support provided by the husband to the […]

UAE: Dubai Introduces New Rules for Food Establishments to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 24, 2020, the Municipality of Dubai, one of the nine emirates of the United Arab Emirates, issued Circular No. 45 of 2020 regulating the operation of food establishments, including restaurants, food courts, and cafes. The purpose of the new regulation, The National reported, is to combat the spread of COVID-19 while supporting […]

United Arab Emirates: New Decree-Law Abolishes Law on Boycott of Israel

(Sept. 9, 2020) On August 29, 2020, the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued Federal Decree-Law No. 4 of 2020, abolishing Federal Law No. 15 of 1972 on the Boycott of the State of Israel. The abolishment of Law No. 15 of 1972 comes after the UAE […]

Arab Gulf Countries: Preventive Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Pandemic Adopted

(Apr. 14, 2020) During the month of March 2020, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, adopted a number of precautionary measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing a Coronavirus Center and Suspending Flights After […]

UAE: Law Allows Foreigners to Own Real Estate Properties in Abu Dhabi’s Investment Zones

(May 1, 2019) On April 17, 2019, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the governor of Abu Dhabi and the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a new, unnumbered law that amends Law No. 19 of 2005 regulating the ownership of real-estate properties. The new amendment allows foreign individuals and foreign legal entities to […]

UAE: Court Orders Doctors to Pay Blood Money to Patient’s Family

(Apr. 16, 2019) On March 29, 2019, the United Arab Emirates Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi upheld the rulings of a criminal court of first instance and an appellate court to grant the family of a deceased patient the right to receive blood money. The Federal Supreme Court issued a decision ordering two Asian […]

United Arab Emirates: Federal Supreme Court Orders Drivers to Pay Blood Money After Killing Pedestrians

(Aug. 22, 2018) The Federal Supreme Court of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered faulty drivers in two separate cases of traffic fatalities to pay compensation to the victims’ families. According to Islamic law, anyone causing the death or injury of another person accidentally or intentionally is required to pay a form of financial […]