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Qatar – Gulf Crisis : A legal perspective

​​An Introduction  On 5th June 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab emirates among other Arab states have announced cutting diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar due to allegations and alleged accusations of terror support which have been rejected by the State of Qatar. Consequently a number of other measures have been imposed on the state of Qatar, Qatari nationals and bodies. What are the ongoing strict measures due to the Qatar Gulf Crisis? Travel bans – Qatari diplomats have been given 48 hours (14 days for...

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Qatar – Gulf Crisis : Employment

​​Employment:  Can I continue to employ Saudi, Emirati, and Bahraini nationals? There is no any restriction issued by Qatar authorities to continue employing Saudi, Emirati, and Bahraini nationals within the territory of Qatar, without prejudice to Qatari labour laws for public and private sectors. For the time being, Qatar authorities declared that residents from boycotting nations have full freedom to remain in Qatar despite the ongoing Gulf crisis. However, and as per the current events, KSA, UAE, and Bahrain, have ordered the evacuatio...

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Qatar – Gulf Crisis : Contracts

​​Breach or not to breach that is the question: Contractual Obligations and damages in site of breach? According to the Qatari Civil Code, contractual obligations must be kept. A contract may be revoked or altered only by mutual consent of the parties or for reasons provided for by law. In addition, the law stipulates that if a contracting party breached a contractual obligation and such breach caused damages to the other party, the latter is entitled under, by virtue of the Qatari Civil Code to be indemnified. The parties may have agreed on a...

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Qatar – Gulf Crisis : Data Privacy/ Cyber Crime

​​Does Qatar have a data privacy law? On 29/12/2016, the law no. 13 for 2016 Regarding the Protection of Personal Date Privacy came into force. Article two of the law stipulated that it applies only to personal data that is electronically processed, obtained, gathered or extracted in preparation for electronic processing, or when a combination of electronic and traditional processing is used. The law excluded personal data processed by individuals privately or within a family context, or to any personal data gathered for official surveys an...

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Qatar – Gulf Crisis : International Trade

​​The World Trade Organization rules The World Trade Organization was established on January 1st, 1995 by the Uruguay Round negotiations. On July 2016, the WTO included 164 countries.   The WTO is altogether an organization for trade opening, a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements, a place to settle disputes and it also operates a system of trade rules.   Those rules are trading without discrimination, lowering trade barriers, promoting stability and predictability, promoting fair competition and encouraging develop...

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