An Overview of the New Law Managing Wills and Estates for non-Muslims Expatriates in Dubai
By Ashraf El Motei of Motei & Associates
November 19, 2017

The long-awaited law no. 15/2017 concerning management of estates of non-Muslims and execution of their wills (‘law’) seeks to create a clear legal framework that regulates wills and estates for non-Muslims expatriates in Dubai. The law is allowing non-Muslims to prepare their wills according to their wishes and pursuant to their national inheritance laws. It also regulates and simplifies the enforcement/execution of wills in Dubai. Below is an overview of the main features of the law. Application of the Law The law shall apply to all wills and estates of non-Muslims in Dubai, including Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The national inheritance... read more

What expatriates need to know on divorce laws in the UAE
By Zina Adjal, Corporate/ Commercial Associate of Motei & Associates
February 15, 2017

The beauty of the UAE is the diversity of its population. Out of the 9,2 million residents of the UAE, the expatriates form approximately 8 million of the population. Divorce cases tend therefore to be quite interesting with parties coming from so many different countries. 1. Choice of divorce law if both parties share the same nationality In the UAE, the applicable law to divorce cases is Islamic Law (also known as “Shari’a”). However, Federal Law No. 28 of 2005 On Personal Status (the “Personal Status Law”) allows the parties to choose the application of the laws of their home country.... read more

A Safer and Happier Life for Children in the UAE
Highlight on the New UAE Child Protection Law “Wadeema Law”
By Ashraf El Motei
May 9, 2016

It is comforting to know that a blind eye will no longer be turned to these horrific events taking place within the privacy of one’s home. The killing of Wadeema Al Sherawi has changed the UAE’s entire perspective on child abuse situations. The country took matters into their hands and exercised their authority when the eight year old girl was ruthlessly tortured as well as burnt and beaten by her father and his girlfriend resulting in her death. Subsequent to her death, the father and girlfriend buried her body in the desert to rid of her, however, her younger sister... read more

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