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Dubai World Tribunal – Nakheel sued by a former member of Dubai World

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 24, 2011


Source Arabian Business

Dubai Former Board Member of Dubai World sued Naheel

A former board member of Dubai World has sued Nakheel after being denied a 15 percent ‘staff discount’ on a deal involving plots of land on Palm Jumeirah.

According to documents issued to the Dubai World Tribunal on March 23, Ahmed Butti Ahmed Al Muhairi, director general of Dubai Customs, planned to purchase two plots of land on Palm Jumeirah and sought to use a 15 percent staff discount available to Nakheel employees.

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Dubai Contractual Law – Legal Opinions

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 20, 2011


Having a Problem with your Contractual Partner (Developer in Dubai) ?

Here is an Extract of the  UAE Dubai Contractual Law

Article 243 in particular:

(1) The contract shall apply to the subject matter of the contract and the consideration…shall not de is pend upon receipt or any other unless the law provides otherwise.

(2) With regards to the rights (obligations) arising out of the contract, each of the contracting parties must perform that which he is obligided to do under the contract.

The developer is not entiteled to make the providion of the subject – matter, i.e. the delivery of the Unit dependent upon the receipt of the plot from the master developer and therefore, cannot indedinitely bind the Client to wait for the Developer to receive the plot.
Furthermore, No agreement can run indefinitely and has to be discharged at one time.

Article 244 of the Civil Code in particular……

A Developer is also in Clear breach of Article 244 of the Civil Code in the case of commutative contracts ( One in which each of the contracting parties give and receives an equivalent). If the contract of sale is of this kind, the seller gives the thing sold, and receives the price, which is the equivalent) for specific property, provided the conditions for the validity thereof are satisfied, each of the contracting parties must have an established right to dispose of the property and each shall have an obligation to deliver the subject matter of the contract to , the Developer is nethe other.

Article 246 of the Civil Code in particular…..

(1) The contract must be performed in accordance with its contents, and in a manner consstent whith the requirements of good faith.

(2) the contract shall not be restricted to an obligation upon the contracting party to do that which is ( expressly) contained in it, but shall also embrace that which is appartenant to it by vitue of the law, custom, and the nature of transaction.

Therefore, the Developer not only had the obligation to construct or deliver the Prooperty but als had an implied contractual obligation to do that is necessary to be done in order to complete the performance of the express obligation.
It is the Developer`s implied obligation to ensure that the pre-conditions neceddary for the commencement of construction are met and therefore it is the Developer who is liable if such does not occur.
Even thought the causes are outside the control of the Developer nevertheless legally accountable to the Investor fir such failures.

TERMINATION of Agreements under Law

Article 267 of the Civil Code provides, ” if the contract is valid and binding, it shall not be permissible for either contracting parties to resile from it, nor vary or recind it, save by mutual consent or an order of the court, or under a provision of the law.

Termination of a sale and purchase agreement under the law depends upon several factors and circumstances and may only granted in extreme cases where the breach cannot be remedied.
The court when considering the question of wether to grant termination or to order compensation along with specific performance considers
a) the magnitude of the breach
b) possibility if the agreement can still be performed

Article 727 of the Civil Code states:

(1) In contracts binding on both parties, if one of the parties does not do what he is obliged to do under the contract, the other party may, after giving notice to obligor, require that the contract may be performed or cancelled.

(2) The judge may order the obligor to perform the contract forthwith or may defer ( performance) to a specific time, and he may also order that the contract be cancelled and compensation paid in any case if apprpriate.

As per Article 273 of the Civil Code

(1) In contracts binding on both parties, if force majeure supervenes whih makes the performance of the contract impossible, the corresponding obligation shall cease, and the contract shall be automaticly cancelled.

(2) In the case of partial impossibility, that part of the contract which is impossible shall be extinguished, and the same shall apply to temporary impossiblity in continuing contracts, and in those two cases it shall be permissible for the obligor to cancel the contract provided that the obligee is so aware.

Article 274 goes on state:

” If the contract is cancelled automaticly or by the act of the parties, the two contracting parties shall be restored to the posotion they were in before the contract was made, and if that is not possible, compensation shall be ordered.”

When performance of an obligation under a binding Agreement becomes impossible, the contract will be terminated thereby extinguishing the corresponding obligation and returning the parties to their pre-contractual positions, which each party being required to return that which he had received und the Agreement.

Upon termination the Client is also entitel to receive twelve percent annual interest pursuant to Article 78 of Federal Law No. 8 of 1993 ( the Commercial Transaction Law)
on all payments made towards the Purchase Price of the Unit.

 

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Lee Bradley Brown, 39, died on Tuesday in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 16, 2011


Independent investigation urged into death of British detainee in UAE

16 April 2011

Amnesty International UAE Dubai Lee Bradley Brown

The authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must ensure that the investigation into the death of a British citizen who died while in police custody is impartial and independent, Amnesty International said today.

Lee Bradley Brown, 39, died on Tuesday in Dubai, six days after he was arrested by police and amid allegations that he was assaulted in police custody.

“The UAE authorities must quickly get to the bottom of what occurred by carrying out a full and thorough investigation,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“They must also ensure that any police or others who are found responsible for assaulting Lee Bradley Brown or causing his death are promptly brought to justice.”

Lee Bradley Brown is reported to have been on holiday in Dubai when he was arrested on 6 April following an altercation at a luxury hotel. He was taken to a local police station where, it is alleged, he was assaulted by police officers before being confined to a cell.

He died six days later after choking on his own vomit, according to the Dubai authorities.

The Dubai police have told Amnesty International that the death is being investigated by their Criminal Investigation Department.

“We welcome the fact that an investigation is already underway but it is not sufficiently independent if, as it appears, one branch of the police is investigating alleged abuses by other police,” said Malcolm Smart.

“It is vital in cases of this nature that those charged with finding the truth are fully independent and have the powers and resources to achieve this end, otherwise they cannot expect to command public credibility.”

more informations from the British Press about the death of Lee Bradley Brown

End this cover-up, say family of Briton ‘beaten to death’ in a Dubai police cell after swearing arrest

By REBECCA EVANS,NICK MCDERMOTT – 15/04/2011 08:25:57

Authorities said Lee Bradley Brown, 39, of Dagenham in Essex had had died of natural causes despite witnesses seeing him being ‘beaten to a pulp’ by prison guards.

Article

Mystery female host ‘invited’ jail victim to Dubai

By REBECCA EVANS  16/04/2011 00:05:03

Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel when he was arrested for assault and swearing and thrown into a filthy cell.

Article

Briton ‘beaten to death’ in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing

By ARTHUR MARTIN, NICK MCDERMOTT, REBECCA EVANS   14/04/2011 15:14:09

Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel in the Arab state when he was thrown into a filthy cell at the notoriously brutal Bur Dubai police station.

Read more from the Press

Lee Bradley Brown Blog Dubai the Truth

The Sun Terror of four British in Dubai Death Cell

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Amnesty UAE Dubai – Ahmad Mansoor Fahad Salem al-Shehh Nasser bin Ghaith

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 16, 2011


ADVOCATES OF POLITICAL REFORM DETAINED IN UAE

Amnesty International UAE Dubai

Two civil society activists and an economist have been detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), apparently linked to their calls for political reform. Their lawyer does not know where they are being held. They are likely to be prisoners of conscience.

Ahmad Mansoor, a blogger associated with Hewar, an online political forum that is blocked by the UAE authorities, was detained on 8 April by a group of plain-clothed security officials from Amn al-Dawla, the UAE’s security police, together with two uniformed police. They took him from his home which they then searched, removing computers, books and documents. Hours earlier, before dawn, he had received a visit from men who said they were police and wanted to question him about his car, but he refused to accompany them, suspecting that it was a ruse to detain him. Reports suggest that the UAE authorities are attributing his arrest to an alcohol offence, saying bottles of whisky were found in Ahmed Mansoor’s car; however, the real reason for his arrest is believed to be his activism in supporting calls for political and other change in the UAE. The UAE is a confederation of seven emirates whose ruling families do not permit direct elections or political parties.

Fahad Salem al-Shehhi, 38, was arrested at his home in Ajman Emirate at 7 pm on 10 April. He too is associated with the online political forum, Hewar. Nasser bin Ghaith, an economist and lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the Sorbonne University in Paris, was also detained on 10 April in Dubai. He too has written articles online advocating political reform in the UAE.

According to three detainees’ lawyer, the authorities said they would produce them at a holding centre in Dubai but then failed to do so. There are fears that they may be held by Amn al-Dawla in Abu Dhabi and that they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Their lawyer expressed particular concern for Ahmed Mansoor, who he said had received death threats and told Amnesty International that he, too, had received death threats via Facebook.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Arabic, English or your own language:

  • Expressing concern about the arrest and detention of Ahmad Mansoor, Fahad Salem al-Shehhi and Nasser bin Ghaith, all known peaceful advocates of political reform, and asking to be informed of the reasons for their arrest and their current legal status;
  • Calling for the three detainees to be released immediately and unconditionally if, as it appears, they are prisoners of conscience who are being held solely on account of their peaceful expression of their conscientiously held beliefs;
  • Urging the authorities to immediately disclose their whereabouts, to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment and have access to a lawyer, their families and any medical treatment they might require;
  • Calling on the authorities to remove restrictions on the exercise of the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, in line with international human rights law and standards.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 26 MAY 2011 TO:

Vice-President and Prime Minister

Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Co-Chair of the Higher National Security Council,

Office of the Prime Minister

POB 2838, Dubai, UAE

Fax: +971 4 3531974; Email through web:http://www.uaepm.ae/en/communicate/index.html (1st*=Full name; 2nd*=Age;3rd*=Nationality;4th*=Place of Work;5th*=Email;6th*=Type of Communication – select “Suggestion”; 7th*=Subject;8th*=Message)

Salutation: Your Highness

Minister of Interior

Lt-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

Minister of Interior

Human Rights Directorate

POB: 398, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Fax: +971 4 3981119

Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahya

POB 1, Abu Dhabi,

United Arab Emirates

Fax: +971 2 4447766

Salutation: Your Excellency

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

ADVOCATES OF POLITICAL REFORM DETAINED IN UAE

Additional Information

Human Rights UAE

Human Rights UAE Dubai

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates, each governed by an absolute ruler called an amir. The individual emirates do not hold local elections. Instead, a regionally determined and selected National Electoral Committee elects half the members of a consultative body, the 40-person Federal National Council (FNC), which sits in Abu Dhabi. The other 20 are appointed by the president. The term of office is two years. Amongst its limited remit, the FNC can examine and amend federal legislation but not veto it.

On 9 March, over 130 civil and political rights activists in the UAE petitioned the president of the UAE to introduce universal, direct elections for the FNC and to give it legislative powers. Ahmed Mansoor had strongly and openly supported the petition and gave a range of media interviews to support the initiative.

Human Rights Watch, in a statement on 9 April, noted that Ahmed Mansoor is a member of the Middle East and North Africa advisory committee at the organisation and that HRW “honored and recognized his efforts to promote human rights in the Emirates at a news conference in Dubai on January 26.” (see: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/04/09/uae-government-detains-human-rights-defender?print)

On 11 April, a Dubai police official was quoted in Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper saying that Ahmed Mansoor was detained on the authority of the Federal Prosecutor in connection with a ‘criminal case’. However, no details were provided. Amnesty International believes this to be a pretext to legitimise his arrest.

Ahmed Mansoor, like his lawyer, Abdelhamid al-Kumaitli, has recreived death threats via Facebook. One, according to HRW, was sent on 5 April and stated: “Ahmed Mansoor, you are dead. I swear that I will search for you in every house. I swear to God that I will cut you in pieces … if I don’t slaughter you, my cousins will cut your head, you dog.”

Ahmed Mansoor and Fahad al-Shehhi were reportedly active in Hewar, an online political forum which is banned in the UAE. Nasser bin Ghaith is an economics professor at the Abu Dhabi branch of France’s Sorbonne University.

Political suspects in the UAE are commonly held incommunicado in undisclosed locations. Those arrested by Amn al-Dawla are reportedly often kept in solitary confinement. A few political detainees have been allowed to make brief and limited phone calls to their families.

Political parties do not exist in the UAE; political dissent is not tolerated and there are severe restrictions on freedom of expression and association. Websites have been targeted for closure and their owners prosecuted for defamation.

The use of torture of political detainees has been widely reported. Methods have included sleep deprivation, suspension by the wrists or ankles followed by severe beatings to the soles of the feet and even the use of electric shocks to various parts of the body.

The UN Human Rights Committee has commented that routine prolonged solitary confinement is inconsistent with the obligation on states to ensure prisoners are treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent dignity. (General comment 21/44, 6 April 1992).

UA: 111/11 Index: MDE 25/001/2011 Issue Date: 13  PDF Urgent Action Amnesty International April 2011

Source Amnesty International

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British Burj Al Arab Tourist beaten to Death in a Dubai police station

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 14, 2011


Dubai Burj Al Arab

A British tourist was beaten to death by officers in a Dubai police station after being arrested for swearing, it was

Dubai British Tourist beaten to death at Police stationclaimed yesterday.

Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel in the Arab state when he was thrown into a filthy cell.

Police sources say he was ‘badly beaten up’ by a group of police officers, leaving him unconscious on the floor.

Inmates told how they watched officers bundle him into a body-bag and drag him out of the building.

During Mr Brown’s six days in Bur Dubai police station, guards refused to give him enough food and water and did not let him see a lawyer, it is alleged.

His sister learned about the attack when she received a phone call from an inmate on Sunday, claiming her brother had been beaten.

The prisoner found her phone number on a photocopy of her brother’s passport which had been left behind in the cell.

She contacted the British Embassy in Dubai, and on Monday an official was sent to visit Mr Brown at the police station.

But the official was turned away by an officer who claimed Mr Brown did not want to see him and had ‘declined consular assistance’.

source continue reading Daily Mail

or The SUN

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UAE human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor detained after death threats

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 10, 2011


Duba April 9, 2011 – Ahmed Mansoor, Human Rights Activist and Blogger from the United Arab Emirates , was taken from his apartment in Dubai on Friday April 8, 2011 afternoon,  he has not been heard from since he was taken from his Dubai apartment Friday, his wife said.

Twitter Account of Ahmed Mansoor

CNN report that Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the commander-in-chief of Dubai police, said he was not aware whether Mansoor had been arrested, but promised to look into it.

The last posts  from the Website and the Twitter Account of Ahmed Mansoor

Came up to me at 3:50 They came to take me in at 3:50 am

April 8, 2011

The security guard of my building came to my apartment at 3:50 am few minutes ago. I could tell immediately that there is something wrong. i reluctantly opened and asked him what? he said there are three policemen waiting for you in the main entrance, i told him are you sure they are policemen? he said yes. they told me to tell to go and see them down, i told him what they need? he said they say something related to the car. i told him then send them up to my apartment. closed the door and called Dubai police immediately, and i told him the story that i was told by the guard, and i told them that i have been receiving death threats and that i can not go down like this. they told me you are right and we will send some one to check, stay home. after minutes somebody from Dubai police called me from his mobile and asked me guide him to the place, i did, he told me i will call you back.

he called me back after minutes telling that they are suspecting your car and would like to take it. i told him if they want to take the car they can do that in the morning, not 2:50 am. or they are the State Security making their old trick i further said. he said now will you come down or not? i told him if they want the car they can take it, he said what about your belongings, i said there is nothing valuable there, they can take it.

this method is well known method of the State Security because they do not have an arrest warrant, they make such tricks to bring you down and take you. i’m ready to go, but they should either do it the right way or by force.

I refused to go down from my apartment and started writing this email. not sure if they took the car or not, i will not soon know. the scenario is that if they take it, they can put whatever they like inside and make a case against me. i’m declaring here that my car is clean of unlawful material, it has a swiss style knife that put there today after receiving 6 death threats and some papers of no great importance.

 

Regards,

Ahmed Mansoor

________________________

Death threats against me and on the verge of dismissal from work

Ahmed Mansoor wrote April  7, 2011

Dear all,

I would like to inform you all that I’m facing an unprecedented campaign against me, the result, until yesterday, before the middle of the night, six clear and direct death threats with their real names, phone numbers and some were using their real photos in their facebook profile. They were all UAE citizens and belong to the tribe called ”Al Mazrouei”. The Campaigns and the outrageous insults against me by some individuals were posted in the blogs, Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry.  All this campaign came after we posted the petition dircted to the head of state and rulers of the Emirates calling for reform in the FNC (the parliament) to extend legislative and regulatory power to it, and after our appearance in some media channels talking about these demands, revolutions in the region, and implications the sensitive time in the region. The strange matter is that most of those who death threatened me declared their full names, phone numbers and some were using their real photos apparently in their facebook profile!

Post by Ahmed Mansoor Dubai from his Website

additionally, Etisalat (the Teleocom provider), which owns the largest share in my company that I work for (Thuraya Teleocm. Comp.) decided suddenly that they need to move Ahmed Masnoor, to work in their group subsidiary in Paksitan. Although I have no relation with Etisalat whatsoever and my contract is directly with Thuraya and Thuraya does not have an office in Pakistan or elsewhere other than UAE.

I still do not understand under what legal stand does Etisalat order Thuraya to take this action.  Management in my company (Chief Human Resource Officer first, then CEO the same day – yesterday, 6 April 2011) told me that the matter is not in their hand and they have no control over it.

There was no doubt in my mind that the matter was an order from the State Security to find a mechanism to get rid of me.

They would get rid of me in all cases in a politically correct way, if I accept, I go to Pakistan, if I don’t I will be fired.

I certainly refused to go to Pakistan regardless of the offer. I certainly refused to go to Pakistan regardless of the offer. I never signed a contract with Etisalat, and my contract is directly with Thuraya. I never signed a contract with Etisalat, and my contract is directly with Thuraya. The management of my company was professional and friendly and appreciating to my work, they dealt with me on that basis, it was beyond their hands.

Thought they did not state it, it was clear to all of us that this came from the State Security due to my activism in Human Rights, demand for political reform and late appearance in many TV shows.

I expect that they will soon send me termination letter as I refused to go to Pakistan. I expect that they will soon send me termination letter as I refused to go to Pakistan.

Just wanted to keep you in the picture. Just wanted to keep you in the picture.

Regards, Regards,

Ahmed Mansoor

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UAE: “internet thugs” attacking militants

March 17, 2011

Following the trend in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain, some Emirati “Internet Thugs” have been attacking activists, Jurists and the signatories of a recent petition that called for a reform of the Federal National Council (Parliament) which has been signed by more than 400 citizens after it was published on the Internet.

The Internet, especially the Facebook, Twitter and online discussion forums, has been witnessing an unprecedented attack from some Internet users on activists, noticeably after the revolution of Egypt. The Internet, especially the Facebook, Twitter and online discussion forums, has been witnessing an unprecedented attack from some Internet users on activists, noticeably after the revolution of Egypt. Attacks however peaked after the reach of protests to Oman and Bahrain. Attacks however peaked after the reach of protests to Oman and Bahrain.

Internet Thugs have been using verbal abuses and insults, threats of physical harm, and recently distributed a electronic circular describing activists as traitors and posting their photos around a gallows (see link below), in a Simi-replica of the scenario that accused Bahraini activist of coup plot. Internet Thugs have been using verbal abuses and insults, threats of physical harm, and recently distributed a electronic circular describing activists as traitors and posting their photos around a gallows (see link below), in a Simi-replica of the scenario that accused Bahraini activist of coup plot.

Some activists believe that these thugs may belong to security agencies; as UAE usually, and quickly, block such Internet sites, while no action has been taken so far towards these thugs so far, especially that many UAE laws criminalize such acts. Some activists believe that these thugs may belong to security agencies; as UAE usually, and quickly, block such Internet sites, while no action has been taken so far towards these thugs so far, especially that many UAE laws criminalize such acts.

Some activists whom their photos appeared in the electronic circular hold the security authorities responsible for their personal security and request them to stop the systematic abuse against them. Some activists whom their photos appeared in the electronic circular hold the security authorities responsible for their personal security and request them to stop the systematic abuse against them.

Internet penetration in UAE is one of the most in the Arab world compared to number of the population, opposition and dissents sites however are usually blocked quickly. Internet penetration in UAE is one of the most in the Arab world compared to number of the population, opposition and dissents sites however are usually blocked quickly. Reports have also indicated the targeting and harassments of Internet activists by the State Security. Reports have also indicated the targeting and harassments of Internet activists by the State Security.

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Link to electronic circular that describe Activist as traitors and shows their photos around a gallows: http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190586_210556472295289_100000228123468_976955_36405_n.jpg Link to electronic circular that describe Activist as traitors and shows their photos around a gallows: http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190586_210556472295289_100000228123468_976955_36405_n.jpg

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Emirates Press Law and the Media Blackout

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 9, 2011


source arbabMediasociety October 2009

On May 29, the London-based daily The Independent published an article entitled Dubai property scandal claim emerges amid media blackout. According to the report, a group of investors who had bought properties in buildings by Al Fajer Group, a company run by Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum , held a press conference to accuse the developer of fraud, according to The Independent.

The investors allege that the developer Al Fajer Properties showed them photographs of buildings it claimed were Ebony 1, Ivory 1 and Ivory 2, but were in fact buildings belonging to another developer.

The investors were demanding a refund totaling GBP86 million.

Unfortunately, the investors didn’t get the sort of press they had hoped for.

Incidentally, Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum is the brother-in-law to the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and soon after the press conference finished, Dubai government officials warned news agencies against publishing articles on the press conference.

“I had written half of the article when I was told by my editor to stop,” a Dubai-based reporter told The Independent. “The investor’s group has records of payment, and it’s obvious that they have been shafted, but we can’t write about it.”

Why?

Because a member of the royal family is directly involved.

To date, we have not received updates from Al Fajer Group regarding the allegations made against the company.

Rather than view Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum as a businessman who may have been involved in conning investors out of GBP86 million, the government views him as a royal first, a businessman second.

And herein lies one of the media law’s biggest problems: most UAE royals hold government offices and executive positions in companies throughout the Emirates. In fact, most UAE-based companies have some connection, either directly or remotely, to members of the royal family.

How, then, can the media ever hold these individuals accountable for their actions, if stories (albeit negative ones) cannot be published if they involve a royal?

Sadly, the draft media law won’t help with this conundrum, and it certainly won’t help with future torture tape cases either. Article 32, which makes criticizing government officials and royals illegal, is artfully ambiguous. According to HWR’s report, “[such] a vague law invites self-serving interpretation by the government, and with courts that have proven compliant in harshly regulating speech, the result will be continued anxiety, self- censorship, and arbitrary enforcement of the law in the UAE. It appears designed to insulate the government from public accountability and criticism and would deter investigative journalism and undermine the media’s role as public watchdog.”

According to Samer Muscati, the HWR is putting together a new report, because “the situation is more dire than we anticipated.”

It is dire, especially given that in spite of local restrictions on content, the world press can write and say what they want about the UAE, without ever succumbing to the country’s media laws. And the stories the government doesn’t want the local media to publicize, are being publicized anyway by journalists around the world.

Due to the Internet, the only way to prevent the press from airing your dirty laundry in public is by not having any dirty laundry in the first place.

Interestingly, the draft law is still pending approval. One has to wonder why a country that passes laws so quickly compared to other nations has taken its time with this one.

“I’m hoping that the reason why they haven’t signed the law is because they’re going to amend it,” said Muscati. “They need to reevaluate the law and take the recommendations that we’ve given them.”
It is unclear why the draft law hasn’t been passed. Repeated efforts to contact the NMC for an explanation yielded little more than assurances that the government is working on finalizing the law.
However, transparency was never one of the UAE’s strong points, which is ironic given its desire to maintain its status as a regional business hub. Without transparency, and without press freedom to report on political, business-related and social issues, the UAE is unlikely to repair its mired reputation.

Since the financial crisis hit the region in September 2008, bringing the nation’s billion dollar real estate industry to its wobbly knees, the UAE’s credibility as a stable and profitable developing nation was compromised. Dubai, more so than Abu Dhabi, had over stretched its budget. To date, no one knows how much debt the emirate raked up, but occasional disclosures hint at a distressed economy. Earlier this year, Dubai admitted to owing $80 billion, although analysts suspect the number is higher. Clearly, without the government providing accurate numbers, speculators will assume the worst.

Given Dubai’s drive to raise itself from the economic bog it created running up to the financial crisis, honesty and transparency are tantamount. And without the media’s involvement in reporting information about Dubai and the UAE’s news, any effort to regain investor confidence is slim.

In fact, keeping close tabs on the media, like it does with its companies, will only prove that in spite of the lessons the financial crisis has taught the business world, the UAE hasn’t grasped them yet.

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UAE detains democracy Activist and Blogger Ahmed Mansoor in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 8, 2011


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates detained a blogger and rights activist who had said he’s gotten death threats for calling for political freedoms and an elected parliament in the Gulf nation.

Ahmed Mansour was detained Friday at his home in Dubai, his wife and a colleague told The Associated Press. Mansour’s wife, Nadia, said 10 policemen – some wearing civilian clothes – searched their house for three hours before taking her husband into custody and seizing two laptops and several documents.

Human Rights UAE

Human Rights UAE

“They were calm and polite, but they did not allow me to speak to my husband while they were in the house,” she said. A female officer was guarding her while others searched the house and questioned her husband. They refused to tell her where they were taking him, she said.

Another political activist and a prominent Emirati lawyer, Mohammed al-Mansouri, also reported the arrest.

Police and government officials could not be reached for comment.

source  TheState by Barbara Surk

Read also Reuters UAE Activist Ahmed Mansour says faces threats , smear campaign

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RERA Dubai – 90,000 units face cancellation

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 7, 2011


Dubai April 7, 2011

In an interview with XPRESS, Marwan Bin Ghalaita, CEO of Dubai’s real estate regulatory agency, confirmed that 257 projects were under review, many of which were yet to even start construction.

He added that when assessing a project’s viability, RERA would be looking particularly at the ability of contractors and developers to deliver the project.

Last year, RERA cancelled 202 projects where little or no construction had taken place or where buildings were located far from the city’s main infrastructure

 

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ACI Robin Lohmann Dubai – Kapitalanlagebetrug -Staatsanwaltschaft Bielefeld

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 6, 2011


Bielefeld April 5, 2011

Die Staatsanwaltschaft Bielefeld hat gegen die Chefs der Gütersloher Fondsgesellschaft Alternative Capital Invest (ACI) Anklage erhoben.

Die Staatsanwaltschaftwirft Uwe Lohmann (66) und dessen Sohn Robin (36) Kapitalanlagebetrug vor.

ACI hatte mit dem Geld aus den Fonds Hochhäuser in Dubai bauen wollen. Dafür hatte das Unternehmen von 8.000 Kleinanlegern rund 70 Millionen Euro eingesammelt. Die Finanzierung platzte, die Fonds sind mittlerweile insolvent.

Als Geschäftsführer der Immobilienfonds hatten Uwe und Robin Lohmann in den Verkaufsprospekten laut Staatsanwaltschaft falsche Angaben gemacht. “Sie haben erhebliche und nachteilige Tatsachen verschwiegen”, sagte Oberstaatsanwalt Klaus Pollmann, Sprecher der Schwerpunktabteilung Wirtschaftskriminalität, gestern.

continue reading source NW-News

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Dubai Tourists – Alcohol Licence requirement in UAE update January 2011

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 2, 2011


Jumeirah boss slams Brit poll branding Dubai ‘unsafe

Dubai 31 Mrach 2011 source Arabian Business

The chairman of Jumeirah Group, the state-backed hotel firm that
operates Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, has spoken out against a poll branding Dubai one
of the least safe tourism destinations.

A poll of British holidaymakers published last week placed
Dubai alongside Mexico, South Africa and Jamaica as countries they feel least
safe in, a result condemned by Gerald Lawless.

“You can go into our hotels now and just do a sample of all
of our guests and ask if you think Dubai is safe and 99.9 percent of our guests
will say; ‘Absolutely, it is one of the if not the safest destinations in the
world,’” Lawless told Arabian Business
on the sidelines of a Dubai event…continue reading

To end the confusion about the Alcohol Licence requirement in UAE please read the Update quoted from the Website www.dubaifaqs.com

Despite what some people may think, alcohol is relatively freely
available in Dubai (a very stark contrast to Saudi Arabia). Almost all 4
and 5 star hotels have restaurants and or bars where alcohol is served,
and many sports clubs have restaurant and bar facilities for example
the Aviation Club, the Country Club.

Alcohol Licence requirement in UAE update January 2011

Whether or not a resident of, or visitor to, the UAE requires an
alcohol licence to drink alcohol has been a common subject of
conversation and confusion in the UAE. As far as we knew, the situation
was as follows:

  • An alcohol licence is permission to drink alcohol rather than permission to buy alcohol (similar to a driving licence).
  • Tourists and visitors to the UAE do not need an alcohol
    licence to drink alcohol in bars, restaurants, and other licenced
    establishments in the UAE
    they cannot obtain one anyway since a UAE
    residence visa is a requirement to obtain an alcohol licence.
  • Visitors
    drinking alcohol in private homes was always a grey area – no one really
    knows if that is (or was) legal or not (update: apparently it’s illegal
    – see below)
    .
  • Expat residents of the UAE need an alcohol licence to be
    allowed to drink alcohol, whether in hotels, restaurants, bars,
    nightclubs; or at home; or at private houses belonging to friends and
    acquaintances.
  • The question of UAE citizens requiring an alcohol licence is
    moot since all UAE citizens are Muslims, and Muslims are not issued
    alcohol licences.

A report in The National on 27 December 2010 clarified the confusion (or confused the clarification) by saying Federal
law makes it illegal to consume alcohol in the UAE without a licence –
whether at home or in a hotel, and this applies to both residents and
tourists, according to the Abu Dhabi-based lawyer Khalid Mustafa.

  • The lawyer gave as an example a situation where a taxi has an accident, and the passengers had consumed alcohol: “The
    police would take them to the police station and test them, if they are
    shown to have drunk alcohol, they would be held on suspicion of
    drinking alcohol.
  • Thus reinforcing the Land-of-Irony image of the UAE – how
    can a tourist drink alcohol legally in the UAE if they cannot obtain a
    licence? The answer (as with many other irony-clad situations in the
    UAE) is that you can’t but don’t worry about it unless you’re very
    unlucky or very stupid.
  • An unnamed judge in Dubai in the same report confirmed the confusion by saying “The licence and the law are confusing,
  • A 24 January 2011 report in The National clarified things even further by reporting an unnamed CID official as saying “If
    I walk into a hotel or bar and I can see that the people drinking are
    Muslims, as a security official, I do not have the right to arrest them.

    And also reporting that Even if a someone were walking in the street
    and was clearly drunk but did not have the alcohol with him and was not
    causing problems, police would not arrest him, the officer said
    .
    Which seems to contradict many anecdotal, and media, reports of people
    who have in fact been arrested while appearing to be drunk in public,
    and in some cases not appearing to be drunk but suspected of having had a
    drink. Be careful out there.
  • However, the report did start off by saying Police will
    not arrest anyone for alcohol violations unless some other crime has
    been committed, despite unambiguous laws on the books, according to a
    top police official in the capital
    . Which by and large seems to sum
    up the situation in the UAE. Drinking alcohol per se won’t get you in
    to trouble, but if you do something else to attract the attention of the
    authorities, or are blatantly drinking or drunk in public, then you
    will probably suffer an alcohol related penalty involving a fine (up to
    AED 5,000?), and/or jail (up to 5 years reportedly), and/or deportation.

 

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