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  • Tax Update: Oman approves the implementation of VAT - effective from 16 April 2021

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: United Arab EmiratesBahrain...Services: TaxLegal
    Following the issuance of Royal Decree No. 121/2020, Oman published its new VAT Law in the Official Gazette on 18 October 2020 (“Oman VAT Law”). VAT will be imposed in Oman at the standard rate of 5% in accordance with the unified GCC VAT Agreement effective from 16 April 2021, making Oman the fourth GCC country to implement VAT after the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (“KSA”) and Bahrain.
  • TMT Update: Recent European Court of Justice decision could affect personal data processing activities in the GCC

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: EuropeUnited Arab Emirates...Industries: Information TechnologyServices: Legal
    The European Court of Justice’s recent “Schrems II” decision (case C-311/18) has attracted a lot of attention in data protection circles. One of the key outcomes of the decision is that it removes one of the grounds upon which European entities could legitimately transfer personal data to certain entities in the United States.
  • Italy bans entry from 13 countries

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: ArmeniaBosnia & Herzegovina...Industries: Medical & HealthServices: Employment & Immigration
    Starting from July 9 and at least until July 14, entry into Italy from one of the following countries is absolutely not allowed: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic. Individuals who have travelled or stayed in one of these countries in the 14 days preceding the intended entry date in Italy are banned from entering the country.
  • 2019 Bahrain country report summary

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: BahrainIndustries: All
    2019 Bahrain country report summary
  • Bahrain family business: a solution in trusts

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: BahrainServices: Legal
    Unlike in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain’s personal status law is uncodified, and the Sharia courts are responsible for applying the Islamic principles of inheritance on a case by case basis. This means that when a senior member of a family business passes away, family members who disagree on matters of succession, find themselves embroiled in lengthy and costly court proceedings.
  • Compliance with Economic Substance Rules

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: BahrainServices: Legal
    The Central Bank of Bahrain (‘CBB’) issued Directive No. OG/499/2018 concerning the economic substance requirements for certain financial institutions (defined as the ‘Relevant Entities’ below) in the Kingdom of Bahrain (‘Bahrain’) that came into force on 1 January 2019 (‘Economic Substance Directive’) pursuant to Article 38 of the CBB and Financial Institutions Law No. 64 of 2006 (‘CBB Law’).
  • 2019 Review: Employment in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: BahrainSaudi ArabiaServices: Employment & Immigration
    Developments in 2019 suggest that the regulation of work and the employment relationship will continue to be an area of focus as the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain move into a new decade and compete regionally and internationally for foreign investment and talent.
  • How Does Bahrain’s New Personal Data Protection Law Impact Patient Privacy?

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: BahrainIndustries: Information TechnologyServices: Legal
    How patient data is processed in the Kingdom of Bahrain has been altered by Law No. 30 of 2018 promulgating the Personal Data Protection Law (‘PDPL’), which came into effect on 1, August 2019.
  • The Legal Landscape for Commercial Agencies in Bahrain

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: BahrainServices: Legal
    The remarkable growth of the Bahraini economy has resulted in the creation of a significant market and an increased demand for worldwide recognised brands to be imported into the country.
  • Airbus showcases state-of-the-art technology in Bahrain

    Content Types: ArticleRegions & Countries: BahrainFranceIndustries: Aviation
    Airbus is showcasing their diverse portfolio of mission-critical offerings at the 2nd edition of Bahrain International Defense Exhibition & Conference. Being held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and endorsed by the Bahrain Defense Force.

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