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As the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world, governments are actively working with global and local health authorities to implement nationwide measures to help curb transmission and mitigate virus-related risks as well as offer relief for businesses and individuals in these challenging times. In response, businesses and government institutions across the UAE are taking necessary action to minimise the impact of the pandemic on their operations, workforce and supply chains, in order to ensure that business — to the extent possible and subject to health and safety regulations — continues as usual.

Please click on the button below to view the full overview of COVID-19-related developments in the UAE and some of the frequently asked questions on the impact of the pandemic on employment, contractual obligations, compliance, financing and real estate arrangements.

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The situation is unprecedented and continues to evolve, and we will continue to monitor developments and provide updates from time to time. You can read our previous alerts on our dedicated Coronavirus Resource Center or our Middle East Insights blog.

For further information, please feel free to contact one of the lawyers below or your usual Baker McKenzie contact.

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Habib Al Mulla is the chairman of Baker McKenzie's Habib Al Mulla, has over 32 years’ experience in UAE law and has drafted many of Dubai’s modern legislative structures. His practice focuses on litigation and arbitration. He has been lead counsel on numerous UAE and international arbitrations across a variety of sectors including construction, finance, commerce and maritime, as both counselor or expert witness. He is experienced in many arbitration rules including the DIAC, the Abu Dhabi Conciliation and Commercial Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC), the ICC, the LCIA and the ICSID.

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Mazen Boustany has over 22 years’ experience in banking and finance law in the Middle East and has practiced in the UAE for more than nine years. He is a certified Professional Director from the Mudara-Institute of Directors and is a member of the UK Securities Industry Management Association (SIMA). He has also been awarded the CISI Level 3 Certificate in Derivatives, Securities and Financial Regulations, and Financial Regulations, and the Islamic Finance Qualifications (IFQ) and is a certified Basel III professional (2011) and DIAC qualified arbitrator as well as a registered practitioner before the DIFC courts. In 2012, Mazen was appointed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a short term consultant to advise on UAE legislative matters in relation to security laws.

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Borys Dackiw has been a partner of Baker McKenzie since 1995. In 2008 Mr. Dackiw was appointed managing partner of the Gulf offices (including Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh and Bahrain), coordinating the opening of the Abu Dhabi and Doha offices and the merger in the UAE with Habib Al Mulla in July 2013. Mr. Dackiw is head of the Compliance practice in the Gulf and also advises on mergers & acquisitions (including privatizations), private equity and general corporate and commercial law. Borys regularly advises clients across various industries on their compliance and anti-bribery policies and programs and has participated in whistleblower interviews relating to allegations of bribery and other bribery-related investigations. He also works with in house legal teams of multi-national clients to deliver tailored trainings on anti-corruption issues, including legal developments and enforcement trends in the UAE. Prior to this appointment Borys, held the position of managing partner in the Prague (Czech Republic) and Kyiv (Ukraine) offices of Baker McKenzie.

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Mohamed El Khatib has been practicing in the UAE for over 17 years. He has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution across a variety of industries and areas of UAE law. Mr. El Khatib was recommended for insurance disputes by the Legal 500 in 2014.

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Steven Henderson heads Baker McKenzie’s real estate and hospitality practice in the UAE. Prior to joining the Firm in January 2014, Steven led the real estate practice of a magic circle firm in the region. Steven is ranked Tier 1 by Chambers and is highly recommended by PLC Which Lawyer.

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Andrew is a partner and Head of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla's Arbitration and Construction practice. He has been based in Dubai since 2009. He is a solicitor advocate and arbitration law specialist. He works extensively across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, acting for governments and international corporations on complex commercial disputes under a variety of civil and common law systems. He is ranked in Chambers Global, Legal 500 and is listed in Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading construction lawyers. Andrew has a commercial focus and is particularly adept at partnering with his clients and understanding their business. Clients state that he “impresses with his command of potential issues” and he has "relentless tenacity and absolute client focus" (Chambers Global). Who's Who Legal says: "Rising star" Andrew Mackenzie has "an exceptional knowledge" and "a strong commitment to his clients."

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Omar Momany is a partner in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla and is the is head of the UAE Corporate/M&A practice and focuses his practice on public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, joint ventures, commercial matters and corporate/shareholders' disputes in the UAE and throughout the region. Omar has over 15 years of experience in the Middle East and has acted for local and regional corporates and financial institutions, governments and regulatory bodies, multinationals, family businesses and royal houses. He is bilingual in Arabic and English.

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Sandeep Puri is a partner and head of the UAE banking and finance team at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. Based in the UAE since 2003, Sandeep has extensive experience advising on banking and capital market transactions across the Middle East.

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Tarek Saad is a partner in the Dubai office and is seasoned in maritime and insurance law. He has over 22 years’ experience in general litigation in the Middle East, and has been practicing in the UAE for more than ten years.

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Kellie Blyth is a counsel based in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla's Dubai office. An experienced technology and privacy lawyer, she has been advising local and multi-national businesses and public institutions in the UAE since 2012.

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Joanna Matthews-Taylor is an associate in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla based in Dubai.

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Wael El Tounsy is the Head of Litigation Real Estate in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group and a member of Baker McKenzie Real Estate Global Practice Group. He has been practicing law in the Middle East for over 30 years, focusing on real estate and construction litigation. He has been involved in many high-profile and complex real estate, construction and criminal cases in the UAE. Mr. El Tounsy lectures at the Dubai Legal Affairs Department under the Continuing Legal Professional Development program.