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The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives in the UAE and other countries across the world. Declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation in March 2020, everyone’s primary concern is to minimise the spread of the virus, to mitigate its effects and to protect those most vulnerable in society.  

Businesses and organisations have a role to play and a responsibility to their own people. They also confront a wide range of practical, commercial and legal challenges associated with the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UAE

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01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
22/12/2020
Law and reg­u­la­tion of Cov­id-19 loan morator­i­ums in the UAE
1. De­scrip­tion of the le­gis­la­tion 1.1 Is there a morator­i­um on loans le­gis­la­tion im­ple­men­ted in your jur­is­dic­tion? No. 1.2 If no: Are there any on­go­ing dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial in­tro­duc­tion...
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13/10/2020
Man­aging the chal­lenges of the post COV­ID work­place
Few can deny the im­pact that the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had and is hav­ing on the way people work since the glob­al es­cal­a­tion of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic in March 2020. "We have seen massive changes take place...
07/08/2020
Treaty claims for can­celled or mod­i­fied in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in the...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has denied an in­vestor’s claim con­cern­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an air­port pro­ject in Latvia. The in­vestor was un­able to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of its pro­ject due to nu­mer­ous...
07/07/2020
Build­ing law and reg­u­la­tion in the UAE dur­ing Cov­id-19
1. Is there con­struc­tion-rel­ev­ant COV­ID-19 reg­u­la­tion? The UAE gov­ern­ment has not en­acted any con­struc­tion only COV­ID-19 laws or reg­u­la­tions at the present time. The Dubai Su­preme Com­mit­tee of Crisis...
01/07/2020
Leg­al guide for com­pany dir­ect­ors and CEOs in the UAE
The United Ar­ab Emir­ates (UAE) is a uni­on of sev­en Emir­ate states. Leg­al reg­u­la­tion across the Emir­ates broadly com­prises Fed­er­al Laws, which gen­er­ally ap­ply in all the Emir­ates, and loc­al laws, which...
17/06/2020
Law and reg­u­la­tion of rent­al agree­ments in the UAE dur­ing Cov­id-19
Up­dated on 31.03.2020 1. Is a less­ee eli­gible for rent re­duc­tion due to a sig­ni­fic­ant de­cline in foot­fall and con­sequently its turnover as a res­ult of COV­ID-19? If the rent, or at least part of it...
11/05/2020
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 3 – Du­ties in times of Fin­an­cial Un­cer­tainty
In­tro­duc­tion With glob­al eco­nom­ies fa­cing un­cer­tain times as a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, and many busi­nesses fa­cing sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenges to cash flow, rev­en­ue and bad debts, the pos­sib­il­ity of...
04/05/2020
In­ter­na­tion­al Law in times of crisis: COV­ID-19 and For­eign In­vest­ments
As the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to un­ravel without re­gard to na­tion­al bor­ders, coun­tries around the world are faced with both pub­lic health and eco­nom­ic is­sues on a scale not pre­vi­ously seen. In this...
17/04/2020
Vir­tu­al hear­ings: are they really the an­swer?
This is the second in a series of art­icles ex­plor­ing non-tra­di­tion­al ap­proaches that parties and tribunals may ad­opt in or­der to al­low ar­bit­ra­tions to pro­ceed, both in the short-term, in a world where...
14/04/2020
Cov­id-19 - the New Em­ploy­ment Res­ol­u­tion and Op­tions for UAE Em­ploy­ers 
1. In­tro­duc­tion The un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation many UAE em­ploy­ers now find them­selves in as a res­ult of the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic, and the res­ult­ing eco­nom­ic cli­mate, has raised vari­ous ques­tions re­gard­ing the...
09/04/2020
Cov­id-19 Pan­dem­ic – Can the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor pass the test?
Cor­rect as of 9am, 7th April. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. As of the date of this art­icle, re­new­able en­ergy (“RE”) pro­jects around the world in­clud­ing in the Middle East and North Africa...