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Dealing with legal issues in Dubai

Expanding companies need to obtain legal consultation for a variety of business decisions; disputes, future planning, marketing, employment, finance and most importantly, contracts. It is important to choose the right law firm for the job, so be sure to speak with as many firms as possible to be sure you are getting the correct advice to avoid disputes from going to the courts.

There have been some landmark developments in Dubai in terms of law and regulation in various sectors including civil, commercial, companies, intellectual property, immigration, maritime, industrial, banking and employment law. Dubai has its own judicial system, independent of the other emirates. There are three primary sources of UAE law, namely federal laws and decrees (applicable in all emirates), local laws (laws and regulations enacted by the individual emirates), and Sharia’h (Islamic law).

Dubai’s judicial system is known to implement justice in Dubai through precision and promptness in judicial procedures. Dubai’s courts comprise a Court of First Instance, a Court of Appeal and a Court of Cassation.

Each of these courts have separate circuits namely:

  • Civil Court
  • Commercial Court
  • Criminal Court
  • Labour Court
  • Real Estate Court
  • Personal Status Courts
The DIFC Courts are an independent common law judiciary based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) with jurisdiction over civil and commercial disputes in or relating to the DIFC. For disputes involving companies based in DIFC, litigants on modest incomes can apply to get pro-bono (free legal advice) from a fund set up by the DIFC Courts. You will need to download the initial form from the DIFC Court's website.

In a bid to reduce the amount of litigation, Dubai Courts launched the Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes, mainly for SMEs and investors for claims of upto AED 20,000. The Centre aims for a fast and affordable resolution of disputes within one month with a mediator specializing in conflict resolution as well as qualified arbitrators. If a reconciliation is reached, it will be validated by all parties and approved by a judge, so that it becomes legally binding. In case there is no settlement, the dispute is referred to court. The Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes has been relocated from Dubai Courts to Entrepreneur Business Village, near the Clock Tower in Deira.
Business in Other UAE Free Zones

Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA)

Dubai Airport Freezone offers you three different types of companies that can be set up at Dubai Airport Freezone premises. Each offers you different options and benefits matching your specific business requirements. You can chose either: 1. Free Zone Establishment (FZE); 2. Free Zone Company (FZCO); 3. Branch Office of an existing company.

RAKIA FreeZone

RAKIA is ONE STOP SHOP for all the investor needs, providing statutory support like issue of licenses and company formation, project approvals, investor s visa, design approvals and construction permits, occupancy certificates etc. in addition to providing land for industrial activities, warehouses and industrial sheds, office space, labour and executive residences

Hamriyah Free Zone (HFZ)

Hamriyah Free Zone Authority was established by an Emiri decree issued in November 12, 1995. It is located in Sharjah, UAE, which gives the free zone a unique geographic and time zone advantage backed by a secure and fully convertible currency and a multi-access to neighboring and global countries through land, sea and air.

Dubai Internet City (DIC)

Dubai Internet City is the Middle East and North Africas largest Information and Communications Technology cluster. DIC provides a comprehensive ecosystem, infrastructure, and environment for companies who wish to set up their ICT business in the UAE. DIC offers a one-stop shop arrangement...