The UAE’s Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology has approved new regulations on the commercial and recreational use of drones in the country, including the free zones. The new rules include a surveillance system for detecting unmanned aerial vehicles in the country. The regulations are aimed at establishing a central system to monitor any drone activity in the UAE. Manufacturers will have to use a mandatory serial number. The regulations have been developed with the General Civil Aviation Administration, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Federal Customs Authority, Interior Ministry and Dubai Police General Command.
UAE: Non-Muslim expatriates will be able to dictate where they want their assets to go when they die
Following a Decision changing the rules governing wills in Abu Dhabi, non-Muslim expatriates will be able to dictate where they want their assets to go when they die. Under the changes, there will be no dispute over a deceased’s possessions and the custody of children. Expatriates will be able to register a will for approximately 500 AED and wills be registered in English rather than Arabic.
The UAE’s Health Minister has issued a Ministerial Decision on declaring death. Ministerial Decision No. 550/2017 covers death resulting from cardiac-respiratory arrest, death from complete loss of brain functions and pediatric brain death guidelines. It was introduced after a national committee made up of all local health authorities prepared the latest Decision together with the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments. There was considered to be an urgent need to enact legislation on the declaration of death to protect hospitals and enable doctors to stop the suffering of brain-dead patients. The Decision aims to reinforce Federal Decree-Law No. 5/2016 and Federal Decree-Law No. 4/2016. It differentiates between declarations of death resulting from cardio-respiratory arrest and death resulting from complete loss of brain functions. This is intended to be a guide for hospitals, especially for those with intensive care units. Brain death is defined as an irreversible cessation of all functions of all parts of the brain. The conditions and exceptions for the declaration of brain death, including proper diagnosis through clinical preliminary examination are laid out.
The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions has introduced new Islamic Finance guidelines. The new guidelines cover competitions and trophies in Islamic Sharia, including their modern applications, investment, gold transactions-regulating criteria and re-purchase standards. The aim is to help scholars decide whether financial activities and products conform with Sharia law.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced a new Ministerial Decision amending the Executive Regulations to the Federal Traffic Law has been published in the Official Gazette. Under the new rules, driving licences issued for the first time will be valid for two years, while renewed licences will be valid for 10 years for citizens and five years for expatriates. Expatriates will also need to have a valid residence permit to renew licences. The new rules also cover registration and licensing rules, stopping distance rules, driving in residential areas, who can sit in the front of a car and traffic routes for buses.
The UAE’s Cabinet is considering a new Public Health Law, which if approved will upgrade occupational safety management systems, especially for workplace injuries. It will also ensure good health and safety standards are laid out for all employees. Article 22 of the Law focuses on health and safety, including preventive treatments to improve employees’ health.
The UAE’s Securities and Commodities Authority will disclose the names of those who violate its provisions
The UAE’s Securities and Commodities Authority has announced it will disclose the names of those who violate its provisions in line with Securities and Commodities Authority Decision No 30/2016. The aim is to protect investors and enhance the principles of sound and fair practices. It is also aimed at improving the efficiency of UAE capital markets. The Securities and Commodities Authority will investigate any alleged violations before publishing their details. If a violation has occurred, the Authority will publish the names and job titles of violators along with the type of infringement(s) and the penalty imposed on its website. Violators will be able to appeal an infringement decision. During this time their details will not be published.
Dubai’s Health Authority has issued the first fines for non-compliance with the Emirate’s health Insurance Law. It has fined 25 health centres, clinics, insurance brokers and insurance companies between 10,000 and 80,000 AED. In addition it has referred six clinics for potential fraudulent activities to the prosecution authorities but has not named them.
Dubai’s Land Department is working on a new rent law and is awaiting approval from the legislative committee. The law is aimed at reducing landlord-tenant disputes and stabilise rental market volatility. It’s understood it will come into force in June. The Land Department is also looking at introducing Real Estate Investment Trusts regulations (REITs).
Dubai’s Land Department has announced new rent regulations are under consideration. The aim is to reduce landlord-tenant disputes and stabilise the Emirate’s rental market. No further details have been given but the draft is ready and will be sent to the Legislative Council soon. It follows the introduction of new measures to improve market transparency, including mandatory use of a unified rental lease form. Department officials are also working on introducing new rental security deposit and unit handover forms.