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Dubai: Law of Offshore

Table of Statutes

This is a list of the main Dubai statutes affecting offshore and non-resident business. The statutes are listed in alphabetical order – click on the statute for a fuller description of the statute, the legal regime it forms part of, or in some cases the text of the law.

Federal Law No 8 of 1984 (Companies law)
Federal Law No. 9 of 1975 (Registration of professionals)
Federal Law No 10 of 1980 (Central Bank law)
Federal Law No 12 of 1986 (Labour law)
Federal Law No 13 of 1988 (Commercial companies law)
Federal Law No 37 of 1992 (Trademarks)
Federal Law No 40 of 1992 (Protection of intellectual property)
Federal Law No 44 of 1992 (Protection of industrial property)
Law No. (1) of 2000 of Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce & Media Free Zone
Federal Law on Criminalisation of Laundering of Property Derived from Unlawful Activity, No 4 of 2002 
Private Companies Regulations For Free Zone Limited Liability Companies
Federal Decree No 35 (Establishing the DIFC as a Financial Free Zone)
Employment Law No 4 of 2005
Law Of Obligations No 5 of 2005
Implied Terms In Contract And Unfair Terms Law No 6 of 2005 
Law Of Damages And Remedies No 7 of 2005
Law Of Security No 9 of 2005
Personal Property Law No 9 of 2005 
Law Relating To The Application Of DIFC Laws (Amended And Restated) No 10 of 2005
Companies Law: DIFC Law No 3. of 2006

Limited Partnership Law: DIFC Law No 4. of 2006
Arbitration Law: DIFC Law No.1 of 2008



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