November 06, 2021
In November 2020, a raft of personal and civil UAE laws were amended. Months on, the impacts of these changes, including the end to jail terms for bounced cheques or prosecution of couples living together out of wedlock, have become clear – resulting in a country that is more attractive to expatriate workers with a reduced case load on the justice system. I’m quoted in a The National newspaper article identifying the disappearance of a particular dispute that was commonly seen in business cases. As I explain, the amendment of a law that previously insisted family business owners only sell their shares amongst the family has had a dramatic impact on reducing case load.
October 27, 2019
In my column in The National newspaper, I answer a reader who is having difficulty with her landlord. The landlord has been slow to carry out repair work and avoids communication, but recently sent a copy of an updated tenancy contract stating he is no longer responsible for repair work. I explain the landlord must give 90 days notification before any changes to an existing contract before renewal and that he does not have the power to change terms unilaterally. In addition, maintaining the property is an obligation on a landlord. I recommend the reader file a case with the Rental Dispute Centre for failure to repair property issues.
October 13, 2019
In my column this week in The National newspaper, I answer a reader who is underperforming at work and whose children are missing school as a result of broken sleep due to a faulty air conditioning system. While the landlord has promised to fix the problem, it has been ongoing for some time. I explain that if any aspect of the lease is not honoured, including the centralised air conditioning in the block of flats, the landlord has failed in his or her obligations to the tenant, who can then register a case with the Rental Dispute Center.
August 01, 2017
In my publication this week, I discussed about a property case that I was involved in. One of the leading developers in Dubai failed to deliver villas (worth upto 84m) to three Asian investors in Dubai. During the construction phase, the investors agreed to adjust the purchase price of the aforementioned villas with a new order of five villas that developer promised to deliver. The developer had promised that the balance would be returned to the investors after adjusting the price. After reviewing the case documents, the court ordered to cancel or terminate all agreements between parties and further ordered the developer to pay 84m to the investors along with the applicable legal interest.