• Legal Framework

    In-depth coverage of the local legal framework for business is an integral part of OBG’s analysis. Working in partnership with a leading local law firm, we review foreign investment laws, ownership restrictions, requirements for local partners and labour laws, among other topics.
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Founded in December 1971 as a federation between six of its seven constituent entities, the UAE includes the emirates of Abu Dhabi – the capital city – Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah joined the federation the following year. The UAE is governed by the UAE Constitution, which permits each...

Chapter | Legal Framework from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2017

This chapter contains an overview of the legal framework in which local and foreign investors operate in Abu Dhabi including the key highlights of the basic legislative guidelines, a review of the main points for setting up a business and an outline of the free zones and other incentives on offer.


In the round-up of significant legal and non-constitutional reforms adopted throughout the course of 2016, as well as in the highlights of the overview of this chapter, I have referred to in some detail the work of the Law Reform Commission Programme. I quoted from that programme of work in regard to the proposed work of the Law Reform...


The year 2016 saw significant developments in the legal reform sphere. The most fundamental development was without a doubt the enactment of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Many commentators consider that the RTI Act will be transformational and will go a long way to making government properly accountable. Minimum wage legislation was...

While reduced oil prices are undoubtedly a concern for the emirate’s authorities, economic diversification efforts of recent years mean Abu Dhabi is well placed to weather a prolonged period of subdued prices. Vision 2030 meanwhile contains a raft of goals that will further reduce the emirate’s reliance on hydrocarbons, and continue to foster the emergence of a more sustainable and knowledge-based economy in the years ahead.

Chapter | Legal Framework from The Report: Sri Lanka 2017

This chapter examines Sri Lanka’s legal framework, focusing on reforms in several areas, changes in capital gains tax and employment law, updated legislation on zoning and land use issues and other key areas.

It also features a viewpoint from John Wilson, Managing Proprietor, John Wilson Partners.