Commercial Real Estate in the United Arab Emirates: Overview

The Q&A gives a high-level overview of real estate investment structures; restrictions on foreign ownership; title; tenure; sale of real estate; real estate tax; real estate finance; leases; and planning law in the United Arab Emirates.


This Q&A is part of the global guide to corporate real estate law.

Venture Capital (UAE chapter), Lexology Panoramic

Historically venture capital has not played a large role in financing markets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), however this is changing rapidly. Venture capital and venture capital funds are increasingly becoming an integral part of the UAE’s corporate finance landscape. The importance of venture capital is expected to continue to grow in the coming years.

Shoosmiths Guide to Exiting Executives

A Guide to Terminating Senior Executives Around the Globe


This guide, spearheaded by Shoosmiths LLP in partnership with law firms around the globe (including Afridi & Angell for the UAE) outlines the key aspects to consider when it comes to successfully transitioning senior employees or executives out of businesses in countries around the world.


Participating jurisdictions include the UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, California (USA), Denmark, Finland, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Namibia, Norway, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates.

IT and Social Media Policies (United Arab Emirates)

A Q&A guide to IT and social media policies in the United Arab Emirates.


The guide provides an overview of all the key issues to consider when putting in place IT and social media policies in the UAE, some practical guidance for drafting and reviewing the policies.


It also considers the restrictions that an employer can place on employees in respect of their personal use and also any limitations on the employer’s ability to monitor their employees.

Foreign Investment Review (UAE chapter), Lexology Panoramic

A broad-ranging, multinational view of domestic governments’ powers to control and block foreign investment. Expert local insight in jurisdictions worldwide, covering: an overview of law and policy towards oversight of foreign investment, powers of the regulators to intervene on national interest grounds and threshold issues, procedure: notification and filing submissions, timelines for clearance, regulatory guidance, lobbying, assessment: tests for clearance, interagency and international consultation, remedies and appeals and detailed analysis of recent leading case law.

Arbitration in the Middle East: Dubai Court of Cassation clarifies the distinction between jurisdiction and admissibility for the first time

In arbitration, distinguishing between jurisdiction and admissibility can be complex. A recent Dubai Court of Cassation ruling clarified that contractual pre-conditions affect admissibility, not jurisdiction. This distinction is crucial, impacting both arbitration proceedings and the reviewability of awards, and signals a more arbitration-friendly approach in the UAE.


Read the full article here.

Arbitration (UAE chapter), Lexology Panoramic

This Q&A provides a multi-jurisdictional in-depth understanding of Arbitration. This particular chapter explores the UAE process and challenges faced when considering Arbitration as a course of action. The chapter covers a broad spectrum of truths, a sample of topics covered are as follows; laws and institutions, arbitral proceedings, jurisdiction and competence of arbitral tribunal, interim measures and sanctioning powers and updates and trends.

The Islamic Finance and Markets Law Review (UAE chapter), 8th edition

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has always provided an attractive environment from which to provide Islamic finance services and products into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and beyond. In addition to being an established and vibrant global financial centre and having its geographical location in the centre of the Asian and Western financial markets, the UAE also provides a legal system and a judiciary that is familiar with the principles of shariah. This chapter provides an in-depth analysis of everything you need to know about the Islamic finance and markets in the UAE.