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  • Coronavirus panic - spreading false rumours could land hoaxers in jail

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    February 08, 2020

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    465 views

    I contribute to an article in The National newspaper warning residents to not spread rumours about the coronavirus outbreak that could incite public panic. As the virus spreads, the prevalence of alarmist social media posts containing misinformation have been growing, including one inaccurate post claiming three people in Dubai have died from the illness. The newspaper quotes my legal advice that circulating hoax news that contribute to public fear and panic could be penalized with a prison sentence of between one month and three years. I also explain that it is important that UAE authorities take such incidents seriously.


  • If my neighbour drops charges against me, can I travel again?

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    May 21, 2018

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    2873 views

    In my publication this week, I discuss about the wavier from criminal case, only if waiver shall be signed before the judicial authority.


  • I was deported from the UAE, when can I return?

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    May 13, 2018

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    3667 views

    In my publication this week, I discuss about deportation order that constitutes a lifetime ban. Another is about to drop a case filed against his friend.


  • Can a theft charge be dropped if the police complaint is withdrawn?

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    May 06, 2018

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    4128 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about crimes that include public rights cannot be closed by waiver of charges against the victims, though such waiver may be taken into consideration by the judge for deciding the punishment for the crime. I also discussed the time limit for filing appeal against a judgment and also that appellant's own appeal cannot be used against the appellant to enhance the sentence.


  • Will an old shoplifting conviction appear on my permanent record?

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    April 15, 2018

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    2163 views

    In my publication this week, firstly I explained that an individual's preceding conviction record will continue to exist in UAE, and the same may reflect if one applies for a police clearance letter. Secondly, I explained that if the construction on the real estate project situated in Dubai stopped for more than 6 months, then the Buyer has a right to demand termination of the contract and request a refund of the paid amounts together with 9% interest and legal cost incurred.


  • Can I report my neighbour for abusing my dog?

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    March 25, 2018

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    2472 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about the protection of the domestic or tamed animals as per UAE law, and consequences of the unlawful conduct towards the domestic animals.


  • Is kleptomania an acceptable defence in theft case?

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    August 26, 2017

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    4469 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about lack of mental capacity as an available legal defence in a criminal case. I described a scenario where a person raised 'lack of mental capacity' defence on account of committing theft in the UAE.


  • Bank is Reneging on Credit Card Settlement

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    July 16, 2017

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    3959 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about the legal implications involved in a debt collection case. I also discussed about the applicable articles of civil law and their relevance in similar cases.


  • Valet Parking: What Are Your Rights in the UAE?

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    July 07, 2017

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    3615 views

    In this weekly publication, I discussed about legal implications, particularly rights and obligations of a car owner when he or she gives his or her car for valet parking. I started my discussion by elaborating the responsibility of a valet service provider in the event of an accident or damage. I also explained the steps that one needs to take if the valet service provider returned the damaged vehicle to the owner. Lastly, I explained a legal concept 'burden of proof' which is relevant in proving liability and responsibility between the parties.


  • What Does the UAE Law Say About Eating in Public During Ramadan

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    May 29, 2017

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    1424 views

    In this publication, I discussed about potential penalties for publicly eating and drinking during Ramadan, or the acts of encouraging eating or publicly drinking during Ramadan.


  • Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Criminal Case About Bounced Cheque?

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    April 29, 2017

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    4405 views

    In my publication this week, I explained the applicable limitation period for filing a cheque bounce case.


  • What is Penalty For Giving Out Secrets?

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    April 01, 2017

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    2657 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about possible punishment for disclosing confidential information of an employer to a third party without their prior permission.


  • What are the General Process or Steps to Follow in the Event of an Arrest?

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    March 04, 2017

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    2545 views

    In my newspaper publication this week, I discussed about the general process or steps to follow in the event of an arrest.


  • What Are the Laws on Suicide Attempts?

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    February 04, 2017

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    4327 views

    In last week's publication I discussed about the consequences for attempting to commit suicide in the UAE.


  • Potential Fundraisers Warned Over Dubai's Strict Charity Law

    criminal law

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    September 10, 2016

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    1680 views

    In my interview this week in The National newspaper, I talked about the Fundraising Decree of Dubai, its effect and the manner in which fundraising can be done legally in Dubai.


  • International Coverage of UAE Law: Ignorance Is No Excuse

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    July 23, 2013

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    2864 views

    Dr. Hassan Elhais is quoted In the below article in The National newspaper explaining how while the UAE penal code has elements derived from Islamic Sharia law, it is not a direct enforcement of Quranic law.


Total Publications: 16

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