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Justice Minister issues decision to set up Ramadan Moon-sighting Committee

Posted on 24/06/2014

Dr. Hadef bin Jowan Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, has issued a decision to set up the Moon-sighting Committee for the Holy Month of Ramadan in Hijri 1435, corresponding to 2014. The committee, chaired by the Minister of Justice, includes Sultan Saeed Al Badi, the Under-Secretary of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, along with a number of officials. The decision called on all the Sharia Courts nationwide to detect the crescent moon and inform the committee. The committee will hold a meeting ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid amends law concerning security service providers in Dubai

Posted on 13/06/2014

In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued Law No. 10 of 2014 amending provisions of Law No. 24 of 2008 concerning security service providers and users in the emirate of Dubai. The new Law replaces Articles II, VI, X, XII of Law No. 24 of 2008. Article II of the new law amends wording indications and definitions of: security service provider, important business sectors, important ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi launches courtroom aboard double-decker bus

Posted on 27/04/2014

A mobile courtroom housed in a double-decker bus has been launched in Abu Dhabi as part of efforts to improve judicial system. The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department said that the vehicle is fully equipped to accommodate trials, with room on board for the judges, prosecutors, clerks. While on its top floor, the bus will house an administrative office upstairs where staff will answer public inquiries. It will serve as an official court in cases regarding people who cannot make the main courtroom ...  >>MORE

UAE President issues federal Law No. 2 of 2014 on Small and Medium Enterprises

Posted on 14/04/2014

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Law No. 2 of 2014, for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector, in order to regulate the relationship between all government institutions and entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises sector - a key component of any successful knowledge-based economy. Commenting on the new law, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, in a statement, confirmed that the Federal Law No. 2 of 2014, concerning small ...  >>MORE

New case management system to speed up Dubai Courts' processes

Posted on 06/04/2014

The Dubai Courts has launched a new interactive system for case management of the Commercial Court of First Instance reducing the first hearing date from thirty to nine days. Inaugurated by the Director of the Courts, Taresh Eid Al-Mansouri, the system comprises the activation and utilisation of modern technology, including a defendant notification service via e-mail, SMS and telephone contact. Judge Mohammed Al-Sabousi, Head of the Commercial Court of First Instance for Dubai Courts, ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues law to protect rights of people with disabilities in Dubai

Posted on 12/03/2014

Vice-President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has issued a law to protect the rights of people with disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai. This law supports Federal Law No. 29 of 2006 concerning the rights of people with special needs. It confirms the attention given by Dubai to this important segment of the community and its leading role in the process of continuous building and development. The new law brings ...  >>MORE

UAE's zero tolerance position on corruption and bribery pays rich dividends

Posted on 14/01/2014

The UAE's zero tolerance approach to crimes of corruption and bribery has paid rich dividends with the country being ranked as the least corrupt Arab country in the annual Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International. The 2013 Index ranks the UAE at No. 26 globally out of total 177 countries surveyed, ahead of a number of developed countries. According to 999 Magazine's latest edition, this year's rankings confirm that the UAE remains a guiding light and a model of ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues decrees on Dubai World and Misbah Al Fattan Charity Establishment

Posted on 31/12/2013

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued Decree No 46 of 2013 forming the Board of Directors of Dubai World under the chairmanship of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation. The new formation of Dubai World's board is composed of Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler's Court, Abdelrahman Saleh Al Saleh, ...  >>MORE

Law on Dubai government services fees issued

Posted on 26/12/2013

The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has issued Law No. (14) of 2013 amending some provisions of Law No. (14) Of 2009 on the pricing of government services in the Dubai. The new amended Law aims to give more flexibility on the implementation of fees, the prices and tariffs for commodities and services provided by government agencies to individuals, companies and institutions on a commercial and ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues Decree to create online system for event licensing and ticketing

Posted on 24/09/2013

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued Decree No. 25 of 2013, concerning the creation of a fully integrated e-Licensing and Ticketing system for all events in Dubai. With the objective of supporting and developing the events sector and its contribution to tourism growth, the decree dictates that Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) will be responsible for the development ...  >>MORE

Lehman collapse remarked a turning point in UAE legal structure

Posted on 10/09/2013

The direct effect of Lehman Brothers collapse was not dramatic in the UAE, but the bank's collapse was a turning point in the emirate's financial, business and legal structure. The UAE had witnessed an unprecedented boom before 2008, and the world economic crisis came as a wakeup call to the local market. The economic fallout from Lehman Brothers collapse led to the UAE recognising the need to upgrade and revised a number of laws and legislations addressing issues such as commercial ...  >>MORE

UAE's new land transport law goes into effect

Posted on 01/09/2013

The UAE's Land Transport Act has gone into effect in coordination with relative all federal and local authorities. The implementation of the Law No. 9/2011 is in line with the vision of the wise leadership and is being followed up by Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the National Transport Authority (NTA). "The implementation of the law aims to keep up with the economic growth of the UAE. The team in charge is trying to overcome any ...  >>MORE

Cabinet nod for Haj, Umrah draft law

Posted on 15/07/2013

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has said that the Arab community in the UAE lives in unity, solidarity and tolerance during the holy month of Ramadan, the month of serenity, fraternity, social networking and hard work. Sheikh Mohammed made his remarks during the ordinary Cabinet meeting held at the Presidential Palace on Sunday evening. The session was attended by Lt-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ...  >>MORE

UAE’s justice system guarantees transparency

Posted on 01/07/2013

The State Security Court is set to give a ruling on Tuesday in the biggest court hearing in the UAE's history, legal sources said. The verdict will be final and may not be appealed, the sources said. The magnitude of the "sedition trial” is reflected in the fact that for the first time in the country's history a group of 94 Emiratis are on trial for belonging to an illegal organisation and plotting to overthrow the government, the sources explained. The trial, which began in March, is part ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues notary public law

Posted on 12/06/2013

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued law No. 04 of 2013 regarding the notary public. The law regulates the profession of the public and private notary public, and sets out terms of reference, requirements, conditions and years of expertise for persons wishing to take up the position. The law stipulates that special administration for the notary public be established at Dubai Courts ...  >>MORE

UAE to tighten disclosure law

Posted on 30/05/2013

The Abu Dhabi Finance Public Prosecution has submitted proposals to the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee to amend some articles to add more teeth to Federal Law No 4 of 2004. Hassan Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Finance Public Prosecution in Abu Dhabi, said the present law covered disclosure of funds entering the country but not outgoing funds or metals, jewellery and precious stones. However, the Central Bank had already instructed banks, exchange houses and exit points to get as much ...  >>MORE

The bus that takes justice to the people of Abu Dhabi

Posted on 30/05/2013

A mobile courtroom housed in a double- decker bus could be dispensing justice across the emirate. On its lower floor the bus has a courtroom big enough to accommodate trials, along with the requisite judges, prosecutors, clerks and other parties. Meanwhile, an office on the upper floor will provide administrative services such as registering cases, taking fee payments and answering public inquiries. A touch-screen computer will also serve as an information portal. During its first few ...  >>MORE

International Criminal Court judge praises UAE legal system

Posted on 23/05/2013

Howard Morrison, one of the judges of the International Criminal Court, has declared that the legal system of the UAE is in line with international laws that lead to the achievement of justice and the rule of law. He made the statement during his participation in a conference concerning criminal and international humanitarian law in the Arab Gulf region, entitled "Necessity or Choice", organised by the Emirates Association for Lawyers and Legal Experts under the patronage of Dr. Hadef bin ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution achieved record rate of case processing in 2012

Posted on 10/03/2013

Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution (ADPP) achieved a case processing rate at 99.99% for the five year running, according to Yousef Saeed Al Ibri, Abu Dhabi Attorney General. Reviewing annual performance report for 2012 and strategic commitment to Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 at a high-level annual meeting, Al Ibri, said that number of cases filed with different public prosecution offices all over the Emirate rose to 85,685 in 2012, an increase of 10,679 cases over 2011. Performance indicators at public ...  >>MORE

Wudeema's Law illustrates solid commitment by Govt and Rulers to safeguard children's rights, UAE paper

Posted on 15/02/2013

With the court of first instance pronouncing its verdict on the murder of eight-year-old Wudeema a death sentence against her father and life sentence against his girlfriend the message is now fairly clear: judiciary can always be relied upon, in its wisdom, to ensure that rights and values are upheld against those who are trying to tear apart the basic values of society by operating contrary to the roles that they have been bestowed with, commented a local daily. The Emirates Human Rights ...  >>MORE

UAE bankruptcy draft law on anvil

Posted on 29/01/2013

Younis Haji Al Khouri, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance has said the Ministerial Council for Services had issued the decision, authorising the Ministry of Finance to study how best to implement the bankruptcy law in line with the UAE strategy 2021. He added the ministry had surveyed the opinions of competent authorities in this respect. Al Khouri told Abu Dhabi TV in an interview that the new draft law was prepared two years ago, noting that the main point in the new draft law is ...  >>MORE

Minister of Justice sets up three reconciliation committees

Posted on 29/01/2013

Justice Minister Dr. Hadef Al Dhaheri has issued a resolution setting up three reconciliation committees at courts of Dhaid, Diba Al Hisn and Diba Fujairah as part of the ministry's strategy to facilitate alternative litigation options in virtue of federal law No. (6) of 1999. The mandate of these justice bodies is to recommend reconciliation before the case goes to the court in line with article 74 of the procedural law. In case of accord, the litigants sign the reconciliation minute before ...  >>MORE

UAE ranked 5th in order and security globally

Posted on 29/11/2012

The United Arab Emirates is ranked fifth in the world in terms of order and security, according to the latest Rule of Law Index released by the World Justice Project. The UAE was ranked number one in the region in half of the eight main categories that contribute to the overall rankings. The Rule of Law Index said that in the region, the UAE ranked number 1 in terms of 'Absence of Corruption', 'Order and Security', 'Regulatory Enforcement' and 'Criminal Justice'. The WJP Rule of Law Index is ...  >>MORE

Cabinet approves issuing of a draft federal law on Child's Rights

Posted on 14/11/2012

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, stressed yesterday that all children have the right to live a safe life in a stable environment. He made his remarks while chairing the Cabinet meeting held this morning at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, during which a draft federal law on the protection of children was discussed. The meeting was also attended by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues Federal Legal Decree No. 5 for 2012 on combating cyber crimes

Posted on 13/11/2012

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Legal Decree No. 5 for 2012 on combating cyber crimes. The new decree includes amendments to Federal Legal Decree No. 2 for 2006 on cyber crimes. Articles of the new decree provide legal protection of privacy of all information published online, including all data, information, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and details as well as all online and electronic payment methods. The decree protects privacy of ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues law on local military human resources in Dubai

Posted on 27/09/2012

The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, law No. (6) of year 2012, on the local military human resources in the Emirate of Dubai. The law covers all the local military personnel, Emiratis and expatriates, who work at the departments specified in the resolution No. (3) of year 2008, in addition to other departments to be specified by a decision from the Head of Police and Public ...  >>MORE

Online backing for UAE dress code law

Posted on 16/06/2012

Emiratis as well as expatiates believe people dressing immodestly in public is a serious issue, according to online research carried out by The National, with almost 70 per cent saying a dress code law is required. So far 2,294 people have voted in our poll which asked respondents to vote on the law with either 'Yes, there needs to be more respect for the nation's culture' or 'No, it is better to educate than criminalise'. To date 1,580 votes, or 68.8 per cent, picked yes. Meanwhile in a more ...  >>MORE

Law on UAE dress code; UAE culture minister to be quizzed on dress code

Posted on 11/06/2012

The Federal National Council is to demand at Tuesday's session that a law be issued on a UAE dress code so that local culture and sensibilities be respected by force of the law. Hamad Ahmad Al Rahoumi, a member from Dubai, will be quizzing Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, on the issue. Al Rahoumi told Gulf News there has to be a law and it has to be respected. "There has to be respect for the people in the UAE. Residents and tourists ...  >>MORE

Key UAE laws by year-end

Posted on 15/05/2012

The UAE is expected to finalise an insolvency and bankruptcy law by the end of 2012, Minister of Justice Dr Hadif bin Jowan Al Dhahiri said at the Global Policy Conference in Dubai on Monday. "It is in the final stages, but it has to get the approval of other government entities. We are still in discussions with the Ministry of Finance about the current draft,” Al Dhahiri told reporters on the sidelines of the conference. He hopes that it would be ready by the end of this year. Earlier, ...  >>MORE

Sport court to open in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/05/2012

A court to rule on sports cases according to international laws is one step closer to opening in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Centre of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was officially launched yesterday. It is to educate judges on international sports law, and hold seminars and other meetings between sports federations in the country to prepare them for the new court. Mohammed Al Kamali, secretary general of the UAE National Olympic Committee, believes that the court will be up and ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s legal system improves competitiveness

Posted on 07/03/2012

Dubai's legal system gives foreign investors confidence and supports emirate's competitive business environment, said senior officials on Tuesday. Dr. Ahmed bin Hazeem, Director General, Dubai Courts, said Dubai's legal system not only contributes to providing stability necessary for the development of trade but also helps in attracting global investors to the emirate's safe business environment. He was speaking at a CEO roundtable on the current trends in the Emirate's legal system ...  >>MORE

Justice Minister sets up new circuit courts in Abu Dhabi to hear intellectual property rights disputes

Posted on 19/12/2011

Minister of Justice, and Chairman of the Federal Supreme Judicial Council Dr. Hadef Jouan Al Dhahiri has signed an ordinance setting up two new circuit courts in Abu Dhabi to look into intellectual property rights disputes cases, in which federal government entities are parties. The new circuits, at primary and appellate court levels, will try all disputes within the periphery of the intellectual property rights, which include trademarks, copyrights, the industrial property law and patents. ...  >>MORE

UAE law on bankruptcy nears final approval

Posted on 24/11/2011

A draft bankruptcy law designed to support companies in financial difficulties has been delivered to the Ministry of Justice as it reaches its final stages before enactment. The legislation will overhaul how the law deals with businesses and individuals with debt burdens they cannot pay. It is expected to map out a process for the restructuring of debt owed to creditors. "The Ministry of Finance expects that the new, untraditional features incorporated in this law will aid in promoting ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues decree amending Federal Law of Human Resources

Posted on 15/11/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a decree introducing amendments to the Federal Law on Human Resources. The Decree containing federal law No.9/Year 2011 amends a number of articles in the existing law (Law No. 11/2008) pertaining to types of employment and contracts. According to the amendment, each federal government entity is asked to formulate detailed contracts of employment specifying the rights and duties of every employee and the professional ethics ...  >>MORE

Dubai public prosecution magazine now on iPad

Posted on 10/10/2011

Dubai Public Prosecution's periodical, Dubai Legal, is now available as an iPad app. The department took the electronic leap yesterday and made its magazine downloadable on the popular Apple device when Dubai's Attorney General Essam Eisa Al Humaidan launched the new service. With this, Dubai Public Prosecution (DPP) has become the first department across the region to make its publication available on the iPad. "This achievement is a step towards our strategic goals of developing a ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues decree to include female breadwinner in the social allowance system

Posted on 23/12/2010

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a decree to amend the social allowance system for the sons of the employees in the federal government to include offering, a widow employee who sustains her Emirati children from her husband who is unable to earn his living or unemployed, social allowance for children who are dependents The review aims at offering financial assistance to these families. The decree guaranteed ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mansour issues ordinance restructuring courts in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/11/2010

HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has issued an ordinance restructuring the circuit courts in the emirate and establishing new specialised circuits. The ordinance contains the details of the new circuit courts which have been introduced, in addition to the existing civil, commercial, administrative, labour, criminal and personal status circuit courts. The ordinance sets up ...  >>MORE

UAE law on your fingertips

Posted on 28/04/2010

"Ignorance of law is no defence,” goes an old saying in jurisprudence. The UAE has just made it easier to know. Expatriates, visitors and nationals will be able to access the laws and legal procedure of the UAE by merely touching their mobile phone screens. Thanks to the Dubai Public Prosecution's technical initiative, they have been uploaded on iPhones through the Apple Store and can be downloaded at will. The initiative was announced in November last year, but it was officially launched on ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Economy to revamp business laws

Posted on 11/04/2010

The Ministry of Economy is in the process of developing new laws as part of the modernisation of the legislative system and the enhancement of the business environment, in line with the UAE strategic vision for 2021. The new laws will cover Foreign Investment, Competition, Certificate of Origin, Arbitration, Industry Affairs Regulation, Amendment of Industrial Ownership, Anti Commercial Fraud, Auditors Profession Regulation and Companies' Law. The Competition Law will lay down mechanisms to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Judicial Dept begins Guide Service

Posted on 24/02/2010

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has rolled out a new service to guide clients to various sections called Murshid. Mohammed Hassan Al Shateri, Acting Undersecretary for Judicial Assistance, said the Murshid service will have a multilingual team to offer assistance to the clients. He said the guides had undergone training on the basics of customer's service. The gesture is aimed at delivering best services to the clients. – Khaleej Times ...  >>MORE

UAE to have circuits for cyber crimes

Posted on 05/01/2010

H.E. Dr. Hadef Jowan Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, issued today a ministerial resolution setting competent circuits at courts of first instance across the country to hear criminal cases related to IT crimes and employ specialist judges within the vision of the federal cabinet for establishing specialised courts. Dr. Al Dhahiri said the holistic progress the UAE is witnessing in all walks of life - in particular the economic and financial sectors, the ICT and knowledge revolution - had made ...  >>MORE

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Justice Minister issues decision to set up Ramadan Moon-sighting Committee


Mohammed bin Rashid amends law concerning security service providers in Dubai


Abu Dhabi launches courtroom aboard double-decker bus


UAE President issues federal Law No. 2 of 2014 on Small and Medium Enterprises


New case management system to speed up Dubai Courts' processes


Mohammed bin Rashid issues law to protect rights of people with disabilities in Dubai


UAE's zero tolerance position on corruption and bribery pays rich dividends


Mohammed bin Rashid issues decrees on Dubai World and Misbah Al Fattan Charity Establishment


Law on Dubai government services fees issued


Mohammed bin Rashid issues Decree to create online system for event licensing and ticketing


Lehman collapse remarked a turning point in UAE legal structure


UAE's new land transport law goes into effect


Cabinet nod for Haj, Umrah draft law


UAE’s justice system guarantees transparency


Mohammed bin Rashid issues notary public law


UAE to tighten disclosure law


The bus that takes justice to the people of Abu Dhabi


International Criminal Court judge praises UAE legal system


Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution achieved record rate of case processing in 2012


Wudeema's Law illustrates solid commitment by Govt and Rulers to safeguard children's rights, UAE paper


UAE bankruptcy draft law on anvil


Minister of Justice sets up three reconciliation committees


UAE ranked 5th in order and security globally


Cabinet approves issuing of a draft federal law on Child's Rights


Khalifa issues Federal Legal Decree No. 5 for 2012 on combating cyber crimes


Mohammed bin Rashid issues law on local military human resources in Dubai


Online backing for UAE dress code law


Law on UAE dress code; UAE culture minister to be quizzed on dress code


Key UAE laws by year-end


Sport court to open in Abu Dhabi


Dubai’s legal system improves competitiveness


Justice Minister sets up new circuit courts in Abu Dhabi to hear intellectual property rights disputes


UAE law on bankruptcy nears final approval


Khalifa issues decree amending Federal Law of Human Resources


Dubai public prosecution magazine now on iPad


Mohammed bin Rashid issues decree to include female breadwinner in the social allowance system


Sheikh Mansour issues ordinance restructuring courts in Abu Dhabi


UAE law on your fingertips


Ministry of Economy to revamp business laws


Abu Dhabi Judicial Dept begins Guide Service


UAE to have circuits for cyber crimes