UAE Cabinet approves a series of regulations

Under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Cabinet approved the executive regulations of the federal decree law on the regulation of labour relations and the executive regulations of the federal law on the regulation and protection of industrial property rights.

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; H.H. Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs attended the meeting, which was held at EXPO 2020 Dubai.

During the meeting, the cabinet approved the executive regulations of the Federal Employment Relations Regulation Decree, which includes detailed rules, regulations and procedures aimed at facilitating the implementation of the law. This will improve the sustainability of the country’s labour market and also ensure the protection of workers’ rights.

The by-laws provide a legal framework to ensure labour market efficiency and to attract and retain the best talent and skills. The law also supports efforts to improve the competitiveness of Emirati talent in the labour market.

The Cabinet also approved the executive regulations of the Federal Law on the Regulation and Protection of Industrial Property Rights on patents, industrial designs, integrated circuits, undisclosed information and utility certificates.

The implementing regulations provide a comprehensive mechanism for implementing the articles of the law, including applications and details relating to the eligibility for patents and utility certificates, conditions for granting patents, as well as compulsory licences, multiplicity of compulsory licences and exceptions to compulsory licensing conditions.

The Cabinet of Ministers also approved an optional national regulation on green building in terms of sustainability and rationalisation of energy and water use.

The national regulation provides uniform procedures and practices to ensure the highest standards of sustainability, including reducing the carbon footprint of construction and encouraging recycling at construction sites.

The Cabinet has decided that application of the regulation will be optional for two years for both federal and local authorities. The cabinet will then review the results before mandatory application.

The Cabinet approved the Sports Act in the United Arab Emirates, which regulates the sports sector and organises the relationship between the Directorate General of Sports, clubs, associations, committees, federations and sports bodies in the country.

The law aims to encourage members of society to adopt a sporting lifestyle and support sporting talent to strengthen the UAE’s presence in all sporting activities at regional and global levels.

The Cabinet approved the federal government’s digital procurement policy, which aims to ensure higher levels of accessibility, speed up public procurement and reduce the time required to fully implement the process.

The Cabinet approved the new structure of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCAT), which was headed by Abdullah bin Sultan bin Awad Al Nuaimi, Minister of Justice.

The Cabinet also approved the decision to restructure the Higher Committee to oversee Mohammad Bin Rashid’s Smart Learning Programme for a period of three years.

Headed by Education Minister Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the committee includes Jamila bint Salem Al Muhairi, minister of state for public education, chairman of Emirates Schools Establishment and a number of officials.

The Cabinet also approved the decision to establish the Executive Office for Control and Non-Proliferation. The office will implement the decree of the federal law on goods subject to non-proliferation, as required by international resolutions adopted by the United Nations.

In addition, the Cabinet approved a decision to link the federal customs systems of the Federal Office of Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security to all local customs offices through a single unified platform to ensure integration between the agencies involved and to include the necessary security requirements and information.

The Cabinet approved a number of agreements with various countries around the world on the avoidance of double taxation and the protection and promotion of investments.

The Cabinet also approved an agreement on a system linking all payment systems in the GCC countries and agreed that the UAE will join the Leaders Pledge for Nature during the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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