The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has prohibited service providers from putting conditions and clauses in subscription contracts which are vague or do not clearly list the administrative fees. The Authority said if the service providers don’t keep a record to show the agreement of the customer to the terms of the contract, the providers lose their right when there is a dispute regarding the service. The customer’s agreement will be considered unavailable if the record is not kept. The Authority added the sale conditions for telecommunications services listed in its amended charter for protecting customers provide customers should be provided with documents to explain the terms and the fair usage policy and tariffs. Service providers have been urged to redraft their contracts and amend them if they don’t comply with the Authority’s regulatory framework.
Dubai International Financial Centre has announced it has launched the first portal for sharing details between companies to facilitate identifying customers using Blockchain technology. The aim is to empower companies and licensed enterprises to open digital bank accounts immediately. The DIFC launched the portal together with Almashreq Bank to implement the initiative which was launched in July 2019. Businesses and companies operating in the UAE can now use this platform.
Oman’s Commerce and Industry Ministry has announced companies must operate in the sector or sectors they were licensed to operate in. Those who do not comply will be punished in line with the country’s legal and regulatory regime. They could even be shut down. They must also dissolve and liquidate in line with the appropriate laws and regulations.
Qatar’s Transport and Communications Minister has announced the country will issue a first of its kind guide in the region to protect marine assets and information about ships and goods from cyber attacks. The announcement was made at the Qatar Maritime and Logistics Summit. The guide will facilitate greater cooperation between the national navigation companies and the National Information Security Centre, Q-cert to improve cybersecurity in this area.
According to local newspaper reports, some constitutional experts have said some Kuwaiti nationals who have recently returned from Iran are not following the house quarantine rules for those who have not definitively ruled out having Coronavirus. Under Article 17 of Kuwait Law No. 8/1969 (the Health Precautions Law) those who break the house quarantine rules will be jailed for up to one month and/or fined up to 50 Dinars. Those who violate Article 15 of Kuwait Law No. 8/1969 will be jailed for up to three months and/or fined between 50 and 200 Dinars.
Oman’s Transport Ministry has announced it has launched a National Aviation Strategy 2030. The aim is to strengthen the economy by improving the aviation industry in the Sultanate. The Strategy will help develop an effective organisational framework to boost support and develop the aviation sector, strengthen the country’s economy and create jobs. It will also boost marketing and operational support for Oman Air and restructure the company. It will also establish Airport Cities to help the country cope with the anticipated increase in tourist numbers. Finally, it will support aviation operations by logistics companies. Among other things, a logistics service regional centre will be established for international companies.
The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Abu Dhabi’s Global Market has announced it has updated its Virtual Asset Regulatory Framework. The key amendments include changing the terminology of Crypto Asset to Virtual Asset to align the Market’s terminology with that of the Financial Action Task Force. The applicable regulations and rules from a bespoke category of Operating a Crypto Asset Business have also been moved to the Regulated Activities (e.g. Providing Custody, Operating a Multilateral Trading Facility, Dealing in Investments etc). The aim is to better reflect the nature of the underlying activities related to Virtual Assets.
Dubai’s Ruler has issued Dubai Law No. 3/2020 on the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre. The aim is to improve Dubai’s position as a regional and international destination in trading commodities and commercial and Islamic financing. It is also aimed at attracting investment and local and international companies to make Dubai a centre for their businesses. The Law applies to the Centre in its capacity as a free zone and to the Centre’s authority in its capacity as a public authority. The Centre’s Authority will supervise the Centre and it will be able to establish and develop infrastructure and administrative services in the Centre together with the relevant bodies in the Emirate.
The UAE’s Insurance Authority has announced it is working with a number of other bodies to prepare a draft law on compulsory health insurance for visitors. They stated during a health insurance conference in Dubai that it was important to continue to develop the regulatory and legislative base for this sector. The Authority’s Chairman said it is important to bolster the role of the insurance industry in securing individuals, possessions, and responsibilities against risks in order to protect the national economy.
The Omani authorities have announced small businesses have been exempted from 100% foreign ownership under the Sultanate’s Foreign Investment Law. Businesses which are included are translations, photocopying, tailoring, laundry, vehicle repairs, transporting and selling drinking water. It also covers manpower and recruitment services, hairdressing and salon services, taxi services, driving instructions, fishing and rehabilitation homes for the elderly, disabled and orphans. The aim is to make investing in the country more attractive but protect Oman’s small businesses.