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  1. Legal news
    28 November 2019
    Regulatory developments on e-cigarettes in the UAE
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/uae/regulatory-developments-on-ecigarettes-in-the-uae

    The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology ("ESMA") issued a new set of standards, which came into effect from mid-April 2019, legalising the sale and use of electronic smoking devices.

  2. Legal news
    18 July 2019
    Counterfeit Mobile Devices – More Than Just a Security Risk
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/uae/counterfeit-mobile-devices-more-than-just-a-security-risk

    A recent study conducted by the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EU IPO), said that 180 million fake mobile phones are sold globally per annum (www.euipo.europa.eu – "The Economic Cost of IPR Infringement in the ...

  3. Legal news
    28 January 2020
    Shifting attitudes towards single use plastic in the UAE
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uae/shifting-attitudes-towards-single-use-plastic-in-the-uae

    The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (“EAD”) has recently announced that it is preparing a draft policy on single-use plastic, which is due to be implemented in 2020. The EAD’s aim is to significantly reduce the use of ...

  4. Legal news
    13 June 2019
    New employment law – DIFC taking international cues
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/new-employment-law--difc-taking-international-cues

    DIFC's new Employment Law is expected to offer a more secure work environment to all employees and is aimed at fostering robust working relationships between employer and employees.

  5. Legal news
    27 November 2018
    Key implications on the use of registered trade marks of Licensors in local trade names of Licensees in the Middle East.
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2018/uae/implications-on-use-of-trade-marks-of-licensors-in-local-trade-names-of-licensees

    Melissa Murray and Ayah Abdin summarise the implications of a licensee using the registered trade marks of a Licensor in local trade names in the Middle East.

  6. Legal news
    30 August 2018
    Distributorship or Franchise?
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2018/global/distributorship-or-franchise

    We often see confusion about the differences between distribution and franchise agreements, and the situations in which each should be used. There are key differences between the two types of agreement and the ...

  7. Legal news
    01 April 2020
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on retail franchising in the UAE
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uae/coronavirus-and-its-impact-on-retail-franchising-in-the-uae

    COVID-19 and the subsequent government responses to the pandemic are having a significant impact on retail franchising globally. The UAE has also been impacted with (as the date of this article) mandatory closures of ...

  8. Legal news
    29 April 2020
    UAE: Update for retailers during COVID-19
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uae/uae-update-for-retailers-during-covid-19

    As seen in other countries, the UAE has also started to ease some of the restrictions imposed in response to Covid-19. Whilst parts of shopping malls (such as ATMs, supermarkets and pharmacies) have remained open ...

  9. Legal news
    31 October 2018
    UAE Tourist VAT Refund set to begin on 18 November 2018
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2018/uae/uae-tourist-vat-refund-set-to-begin-on-18-november-2018

    The UAE Federal Tax Authority ("FTA") has announced that the first phase of the Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme (the "Scheme") will start on 18 November, 2018

  10. Legal news
    31 March 2021
    UAE: Franchising in a Pandemic
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/uae/franchising-in-a-pandemic

    As we enter Q2 of 2021, the global economy is still very much feeling the effects of the COVID-19 virus. We’ve crossed the one-year anniversary of when we started to see lockdowns and closures of businesses all over the ...