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Vol.XV – Issue 3, July 2011 – Articles

Review of
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One Entity – Two Premises?

Guiding Principle

Insufficient office space is a problem that many companies face when business increases. Once a company is well established and growing it usually requires more space in order to satisfy its clients’ demands. Obviously, in such a case instead of moving, the company prefers to stay in the same location and rent additional office or workshop space. Moving offices involves time consuming procedures with the authorities, additionally, moving is rather costly, and finally – and probably most important – the clients and customers are familiar with the existing location. Accordingly, companies in Dubai ask for options which allow them to grow their businesses without giving up their existing location.

Child Custody in Egypt

Guiding Principle

According to the Egyptian Family Law the custody is preferably given to the mother rather than given to the father, which lead to the result that many fathers are prohibited from seeing their children, especially if they are foreigners, as seeing the child is controlled by the custodial parent in case of agreement between parents or by a court order in case it is difficult to arrange a visit with the children by agreement.

Public Procurement Law in Qatar

Guiding Principle

The winning of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar has already and still will result in a high increase in development projects in Qatar to prepare the country for the big event. This unveils a large number of public invitations to tender, which will attract foreign investors to participate. The interest in the projects is high and the run on participating in the projects has already started. On this occasion we herewith would like to provide you with an overview of the Public Procurement Law in Qatar.

E- Tendering Service in Oman

Guiding Principle

Electronic Tendering (E-Tendering) is carrying out the traditional tendering process in electronic form by using internet. By using E-Tendering the Ministries of Oman can create and publish tender, sell tenders, receive bids, evaluate tenders and award contracts.
In addition and through E-Tendering, the suppliers may receive notification of the relevant tender, purchase tenders document, submit bids online and track the status of their bids.

Nitaqat, the New Localization System for Jobs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Guiding Principle

In order to reduce the unemployment rate among the Saudi citizens, the Saudi government issued a new system for the localization of jobs in Saudi Arabia under the name of “Nitaqat”. The new system replaces the system applied since 1994 under the name of “The Saudization”. Nitaqat adopts several principles, which will have impacts on non-Saudis working in the Kingdom.

Oil as an important sector in Yemen’s Economic

Guiding Principles

Oil occupies a leading position among the rest of the sectors of economic activity, contributing to 30 % of GDP and 70 % of total state revenues, and the most important product connecting Yemen to the outside world, which constitute 90 % of Yemen’s exports abroad.

New Patent Law in Yemen

Guiding Principle

New Patents, Utility Models, Integrated Circuits and Trade Secrets Law No. 2 of 2011 has recently been published in the country’s Official Gazette. The Law, which was issued on 12 January 2011 and published on 4 May 2011, entered into force on 12 April 2011.

International Sanctions as Instances of Force Majeure from Iranian Law Perspective

Guiding Principle

Iran is under several international sanctions over its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment. These sanctions have considerable influence on the Iranian business of those foreign establishments, which are registered in Iran and/or conduct financial transaction with the Iranian market. While these economic sanctions may be recognized as force majeure in general international commercial practice, they may not necessarily be treated as such under the Iranian law.

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