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The Legal Landscape for Drones in the UAE

The use of “unmanned aerial systems” or “drones” for commercial, government and consumer purposes has significantly increased in recent years across the globe. In the UAE, the office of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al...more

The Legal Status of Bitcoin in the United Arab Emirates

This is the first in a series of articles considering legal issues relating to bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchain in the UAE. In this article we focus on the legal status of bitcoin and address the question of whether...more

United Arab Emirates – the New Digital Payments Regulatory Landscape

New Regulations balance innovation in the payments sector with safety, security and maintaining the public’s trust in the UAE payment ecosystem. After a long period of consultation, on 1 January 2017 the Central Bank in...more

United Arab Emirates – the New Digital Payments Regulatory Landscape

New Regulations balance innovation in the payments sector with safety, security and maintaining the public’s trust in the UAE payment ecosystem. After a long period of consultation, on 1 January 2017 the Central Bank in...more

Prevent and Prepare for a Cybersecurity Breach

Hacking of organizations’ systems is becoming increasingly commonplace, even with advancements in security practices. To mitigate risk, a company must have an enterprise-level, cross-functional incident response plan that is...more

Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks

Hacking of organisations’ systems is becoming increasingly commonplace, even with advancements in security practices. To mitigate risk, a company must have an enterprise-level, cross-functional incident response plan that is...more

5 Preventative Steps to Manage Legal Risk Following a Cybersecurity Breach

Preparing for and rehearsing how to respond to a breach is as important as improving security systems and protocols. Hacking of organizations’ systems is becoming increasingly commonplace, even with advancements in...more

3 Key Considerations Before You Begin Outsourcing in Qatar, Saudi Arabia or the UAE

Outsourcing has historically not been a major pillar in Middle East public and private sector organisation’s strategic architecture. While the benefits of outsourcing are understood and recognised, organisations have sought...more

DIFC in Dubai Says Transfer to US Cannot Rely on Safe Harbor

On October 26, 2015, Raja Al Mazrouei, the Commissioner for Data Protection for the Dubai International Financial Centre (the DIFC), issued guidance on the adequacy of US Safe Harbor for the purpose of exporting personal data...more

The USA Freedom Act: What it Changes and (Mostly) Doesn’t for Cloud Services – And is it Really the Issue

The recent showdown over renewal of certain provisions of the USA Patriot Act (often called simply the Patriot Act) and the subsequent enactment of the USA Freedom Act have raised a number of questions about the ongoing...more

How Oil and Gas Companies can Optimize Technology Performance and Costs During Oil Price Volatility

An unexpected surge in production coupled with weakened global demand has resulted in a 50 percent drop in the price of crude oil since June 2014 and currently averaging US$50 a barrel. The Organization of the Petroleum...more

Navigating the Risks of Omnichannel Retail

Digital innovation is reinventing the retail experience. IT is changing the way retailers interact with customers by integrating sales and communication channels, enabling in-store digital interfaces and diversifying payment...more

As Bitcoin Gains Momentum, Focus on Regulation Increases

The virtual currency market has emerged in the United Arab Emirates with Dubai’s first Bitcoin ATM introduced in April 2014. Middle East entrepreneurs have begun launching Bitcoin payment products and SMEs are beginning to...more

11/24/2014  /  Bitcoin , CFTC , Popular , SMEs , UAE , Virtual Currency

5 Ways to Protect your Business from a Cyber Attack

Global cyber-attack threats stand at the highest ever recorded level, jumping 14 percent from 2012 to 2013 (Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report). Furthermore, a recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report found that operating...more

Outsourcing Governance Part 2 - Using the Contract Tools

Successfully managing an outsourcing contract requires customers both to include the right governance tools and mechanisms in their contracts and then use those tools appropriately. Outsourcing contracts are not all created...more

Outsourcing Governance Part 1 - Analysis of Contract Tools

Successfully managing an outsourcing contract requires customers both to include the right governance tools and mechanisms in their contracts and then to use those tools appropriately. Outsourcing contracts are not all...more

How to Effectively Manage Outsourcing Contracts

The Middle East is emerging as one of the biggest growth markets for outsourcing. Organizations seeking cost and efficiency savings combined with greater continuity and risk management are switching to outsourcing as a...more

10/23/2013  /  Middle East , Outsourcing
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