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UAE draft new maritime law expected in early 2019

The first draft of the UAE’s new maritime law is expected to be ready early next year, Abdulla Darwish Al Hayyas, director of maritime transport affairs at the country’s Federal Transport Authority (FTA) told the Seatrade Maritime Middle East Exhibition & Conference in Dubai.

The draft law will then be passed to stakeholders for feedback, before being submitted to the federal government for approval. The FTA is working with law firm Baker McKenzie to develop the legislation. Al Hayyas said the new regulations would cover topics including arbitration, technology and potentially an admiralty court.

The UAE’s existing maritime law was issued in 1981.

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