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The announcement of the Abraham Accord last year was a watershed moment for Middle East relations and could change the course of the region’s future. Trade negotiations between both nations have opened up already, and in a matter of months there will be direct flights operating as well. We are already seeing significant levels of interest from Israeli investors, but what is it that makes the UAE such a great investment option for them?
Lifestyle & Culture
Both the UAE and Israel are known for their rich, diverse and vibrant lifestyles. You can experience the very best of nightlife, dining and culture, enjoying a wealth of options that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere in the region. There are a few key differences between the offerings in each nation, which is what makes their collaboration such a unique opportunity.
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While Israel has a large number of homegrown restaurants and food concepts that highlight Mediterranean cuisine, the UAE offers an incredible breadth of restaurants. You have everything from eateries that specialize in Emirati cuisine to European-style cafes and high-profile restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Vineet Bhatia and Nobu Matsuhisa. For the adventurous diner, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to enjoying an indulgent night out.
Nightlife is another key factor that unites these two nations - clubs and bars across the UAE are always popular amongst the nation’s night owls. And now with a newly announced ruling that will remove the need for a legal license in order to purchase alcohol, we can expect that the nightlife scene will be even more popular. For residents of Israel, who have never had any restrictions on purchasing alcohol other than a legal age limit, this is very welcome news.
All that being said, the lifestyle attractions of the UAE are not limited to gourmet dining and clubbing. For lovers of culture, history and the arts, the UAE has proven to be a truly fascinating and enriching destination. There are several museums located around the country, from the globally renowned Louvre Abu Dhabi to the lesser known Dubai Coffee Museum. Music festivals and performances are held throughout the year (though less often at present as a consequence of COVID-19), and the Dubai Opera House doubles as a cultural hotspot and tourist attraction because of its unique architectural design.
Since its earliest days, the UAE has always had an eye on the future, transforming itself from a simple fishing village into a major global destination. Over the past decade, the country’s investment in the future has only intensified, as it promotes Smart initiatives aimed at creating a technologically advanced society. Israel has charted a similar path for itself, focusing on innovation and invention to become a key player on the world stage.
The prowess of both countries is evident in their grand ambitions when it comes to design - whether it is the skyline of Dubai or Tel Aviv, you will find some truly stunning examples of architecture that were a combination of creativity and innovation. However, that is merely a small part of it - Israel invests heavily in technology and electronic systems, primarily for defense but with broader applications. The UAE is a tech giant in the region, and is always looking for ways to scale up its digital infrastructure. As the UAE places greater emphasis on developing artificial intelligence and sustainable design initiatives, there are greater opportunities for investment for tech-savvy Israelis who are looking to stay on the cutting edge of technological advancement.
Economy & Taxation
Israel boasts a strong economy that has been on a steady rise over the past five years. While the COVID pandemic has proven to be a setback, the outlook for 2021 is positive with a growth of over 4% being forecast. The UAE has weathered its own challenges since the global recession and the pandemic, remaining resilient throughout. It will take some time for the economy as a whole to stand firmly on its feet again, but the real estate market is very hot and has been transacting at record levels since the last quarter of 2020.
Cost of living in Israel is largely higher compared to the UAE - you would need to spend USD 1,000 more on average to enjoy the same quality of life in Tel Aviv that you would have in Dubai. Residents of Dubai typically have almost 30% more purchasing power than those of Tel Aviv, and prices are anywhere from 20% to 40% lower depending on the category of goods.
The sanctions, in particular, included Oleg Belozerov, General Director of Russian Railways, Igor Konashenkov, official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Alexander Chupriyan, acting head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Alexei Pimanov, head of the Krasnaya Zvezda media holding, Andrey Serdyukov, commander of the Airborne Forces, Anton Kuprin, commander of the Moskva cruiser.
Restrictions have also been introduced against 10 structures, including those of a defense profile. Among them are the Kalashnikov Concern, TsNIIMash and NITI named after Aleksandrov.
At the moment, more than 1.3 thousand individuals and legal entities from Russia are on the British sanctions list, Interfax notes.
According to the source, the new restrictions will presumably affect Russian military and defense companies, as well as oligarchs.
In addition, he informed that the UK is also considering the possibility of raising tariffs on a number of Russian goods. Among other things, sanctions are possible "against individuals and organizations that disseminate Russian disinformation."
The UK has already imposed the widest set of sanctions on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine in February. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is working with other G7 countries and the European Union to agree on a regular set of new sanctions and trade restrictions.
The EU, for its part, is currently working on its sixth round of sanctions, with discussions on restrictions on oil imports and cutting off more Russian banks from the SWIFT international financial messaging system.
Earlier it was reported that the US may also introduce new anti-Russian sanctions this week.
On February 24, Russia launched a military special operation in Ukraine, the purpose of which was called the “demilitarization” and “denazification” of the neighboring country.
On April 19, representatives of the NATO and EU countries held a meeting on the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, after which a number of countries announced a decision to provide the Ukrainian military with artillery systems. It is reported by CNN.
The meeting via secure video link was attended by US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi , Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
After talking to allies during a speech in the British House of Commons, Johnson said that the war in Ukraine had become an "artillery conflict" and announced that the UK would provide artillery systems to Ukraine, the BBC reported.
The Prime Minister stressed that the kingdom will increase the supply of "the military equipment that is especially needed now" to the Ukrainian military.
Artillery systems are one component of the UK's aid to Ukraine, Johnson explained.
Biden answered "yes" to a question from reporters whether he plans to supply more artillery to Ukraine, CNN reports.
Trudeau also announced his intention to help Ukraine with artillery systems. According to him, it will be heavy artillery, writes Reuters.
Britain does not intend to enter into negotiations with Russia on the exchange of Viktor Medvedchuk for two British legionnaires who were captured in Mariupol, Cabinet Minister Brandon Lewis said in an interview with Sky News.
Lewis declined to confirm that the government was working to return British prisoners to the UK, explaining that he could not comment on "national security matters".
The minister also said about the citizens of Great Britain who were captured by the Russians, that "they should not have been there (in Ukraine)."
On the prospect of exchanging the British for Medvedchuk, who is currently detained by the Ukrainian special services, Lewis recalled that the process of imposing sanctions against people close to the Putin regime is underway, and in this context, "it is strange to think about how you can help Russia."
The Minister recalled that the government strongly discourages British citizens from traveling to Ukraine, even to help her in the conditions of the Russian invasion. He said that "the Armed Forces of Ukraine receive the support of the UK, and we will continue to provide this support."
On April 18, Russian television showed footage of British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Eslin allegedly taken prisoner in Mariupol.
The Stormer HVM mount has an eight-round launcher on the roof and has space inside to accommodate eight more missiles. These missiles are capable of shooting down enemy aircraft and helicopters flying at low altitude.
Experts call them "the best complex" sent by the Western state.
According to sources, the British Ministry of Defense demonstrated the operation of the machines to Ukrainians at an exhibition in Salisbury Plain two weeks ago.
The 13-ton high-tech launchers are expected to be loaded onto C-17 transport aircraft and sent to war in a matter of days.
They only need a crew of three - a driver, commander and gunner.
The deployment of the "Group Stormer" along with the 120 armored personnel carriers already promised would mean a significant increase in heavy weapons from the UK.
So far, Western states have provided only man-portable weapons.
"It's no secret that Britain has pledged to help Ukraine with its air defense capabilities. The Secretary of Defense (Ben Wallace) will make a statement in Parliament this week," the source said.
Colonel Richard Camp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said: "The Stormer/Starstreak combo will be a huge boost to Ukraine's combat capabilities."
"This is an extremely effective, highly mobile combat vehicle that will seriously damage any low-level attack attempts by Putin's Air Force," he added, and warned that information about the transfer of such equipment would anger the Russian Federation.
The teams played the second match in a week. The championship game ended in a draw, and in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, Liverpool turned out to be stronger. Merseysiders reached the final of the tournament for the first time since 2012.
Liverpool beat Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The meeting, held at Wembley Stadium in London, ended with the score 3:2.
Liverpool scored three goals in the first half. At the tenth minute, Ibrahima Konate opened the score, and then Sadio Mane scored twice (17th and 45th minutes).
In the second half, City, thanks to accurate shots from Jack Grealish (47th) and Bernard Silva (91st), reduced the gap to a minimum, but could not save the game.
Liverpool will face the winner of Chelsea's other semi-final pairing, Crystal Palace, in the final.
Today, April 16, at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, as part of the 33rd round of the English Premier League of the 2021/2022 season, Manchester United hosted Norwich City. The hosts won - 3:2.
The account was opened at the beginning of the first half. Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 7th minute, assisted by Anthony Elanga. In the 32nd minute, Ronaldo scored a brace, giving an assist to Bruno Fernandes. In stoppage time for the second half, Norwich midfielder Kieran Dowell cut his team's lead short.
In the 52nd minute, the score was equalized by the forward of the "canaries" Teemu Pukki. In the 76th minute, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, scoring from a free kick.
The meeting was served by a team of referees headed by Andrew Madeley. He was assisted by assistants Simon Back and Adrian Holmes. Reserve referee - Jonathan Moss.
Manchester United are fifth in the 2021/2022 Premier League standings with 54 points from 32 games. Norwich City (21) is in last, 20th place. The leader of the competition and the reigning champion of the country is Manchester City (74).
12-year-old British teenager Gabriel Clark created a self-made "Cup for Ukraine", on which there are two lines - yellow and blue - they symbolize the Ukrainian flag, and put it up for the lottery, saying that the proceeds will go to help the children of Ukraine. The lottery raised over $287,000.
Gabriel hoped to raise at least $8,000 for the Save the Children call, but very quickly the homemade bowl with yellow and blue lines went viral on social media. Thousands of people took part in the drawing, and already today they randomly chose the winner who will receive the "Cup for Ukraine".
In 48 hours of the lottery, the young Briton increased his number of subscribers from 6,000 to 227,000, who contributed a total of $287,000.
In addition, Gabriel Clark's "Cup for Ukraine" has received a lot of support on the Internet from the public and celebrities, including Stephen Fry and actor Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter.
In Instagram and Twitter posts, Gabriel and his father thanked the donors who helped support the lottery. In the video, a 12-year-old boy said: "I can't say anything but thank you."
"Thank you kind people of Twitter for all you have done. Your generous generosity has shone a light in these dark times and changed the lives of young people - not least Gabriel," his father wrote.
Earlier, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle supported the Ukrainian team at the opening of the Invictus Games in The Hague and congratulated them with the patriotic slogan "Glory to Ukraine!".
The UK government has published a guide to help Ukrainian refugees settle down upon arrival in the country.
It is clarified that such benefits are available for refugees in Ukrainian, Russian and English.
In the guide, you can find out:
what you should know in the first few days after arriving in the country;
how Ukrainians get used to life in the UK;
how to find a house in the country;
where to access essential public services such as healthcare;
how and where to find a job;
educational services and opportunities for refugees in the UK;
information for those who arrive under the "Home for Ukraine" program.
You can also download information about the British Red Cross.
It is reported that such information will be useful to citizens of Ukraine who have recently arrived in the UK to understand their rights and learn about the most useful services that they can access during their stay in this country.
The more the blockchain technology arises, the more are its legal issues.
The arrival of Blockchain technology brings along with it the murkiness of how the American legal system will treat such technology; before the rise of mentioned technology, businesses were uncertain on how courts would treat electronic records and signatures until the federal legislature enacted the E-Sign Act on June 30, 2000. Nowadays, most of the states in the US are employing electronic contracting more and more compared to the past.
“smart contract” term which is included in contracts prevents courts from denying contracts legal validity. Beyond when and how legislatures and courts will solidify blockchain Blockchain as a valid platform or contracting, there are other possible legal questions and ramifications for the use of this technology in the supply chain. Some possible areas of legal considerations follow below.
Due Diligence on Blockchain
due diligence, is the work of investigating, auditing, or review performed to confirm facts or details of a matter under consideration, and when it comes to investing, this process is done to see whether the assumptions under which a decision is being considered are true;
Hence one of the main goals of Blockchain is to ease transactions, and the main advantage of this technology is being decentralized, the process of the due diligence is WAY easier than other legal acts!
For sure, cryptocurrency has a lot of ups and downs so you’d better know exactly what you are going to do.
In any case, a good combination to shoot for is a project with enough runway and experience to protect itself (should trouble arise), set in a jurisdiction that’s flexible but friendly towards blockchain initiatives. Moreover, you should find out about what gives value to a project and it is declared in the project’s written statement called white paper.
Governance of the Bitcoin
To resolve disputes in the Bitcoin network, unlike other political decision-making processes, in addition to open and free entry and exit, every participant can fork the codebase or the blockchain and create her version of Bitcoin and try to persuade other users to follow her version of the chain or a code. One way of storing information related to this issue is also totally explained in the mentioned article.
Jurisdictional boundaries are not a barrier for this technology, but some issues should be considered. Blockchain has the ability to cross jurisdictional boundaries as the nodes on a blockchain can be located anywhere in the world. LegaMart can confidently handle such legal issues in case a lawyer is needed.
Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO)
A decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), sometimes called a decentralized autonomous corporation (DAC), is an organization represented by rules encoded as a computer program that is transparent, controlled by the organization members and not influenced by a central government, in other words they are member-owned communities without centralized leadership.
Major and prominent shifts such as blockchain are not something easy to make. It will take additional challenges for different areas of law practice and their applicability. Lawyers and courts will encounter different and new obstacles and cases due to that.
On the one hand, having this kind of interaction as everyday practice makes it easier to prove facts that cannot be changed without a trace On the other hand, to see all the changes made chronologically in a more transparent, accessible, and uncomplicated way. All this makes the process of determining responsibility simpler and easily accessible. Legamart advisory is available to help you out with your legal issues.
March 6th, International Women’s Day, may be a good inciter to scrutinize Women’s status from different angles. It has been analyzed by LegaMart team in one of their articles. LegaMart is a legal online platform with the goal of connecting lawyers and those in need, regardless of their location or the language that they speak.
Gender Gap in the Legal profession
Although number of women in the legal profession has increased significantly over the past 30 years, evidence shows that women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions. Today there are more women in law school than ever before, but men still lead when it comes to private practice, making up about two-thirds of attorneys in this sector of the legal profession. According to a study, women are nearly fifty percent of associates at law firms throughout the United States. However, they are only 22.3% of partners and nineteen percent of equity partners. Government employment figures for 2019 show that women made up 48% of the workforce in England, Scotland and Wales.
Gender Wage Gap in the Legal Profession
This situation is true even about different gender’s income. Further data shows that the higher the compensation level, the greater the pay increase favored men. Even if women make it to this top level, they still earn less than male equity partners. According to a 2022 report, approximately 2.4 billion women of working age are not afforded equal economic opportunity, and 178 countries maintain legal barriers that prevent their full economic participation.
There are several Common barriers that women face in their legal career. This includes: Glass Ceiling, Work-Life balance issues, Stereotypes, and Lack of networking and mentorship.
Over the past few decades, gender inequality in the legal profession has been of notable attention. The issue has not largely been viewed as one central to the profession, and the hypocrisy that arises from the devotion to the preservation of rights and equality while maintaining a sexist status quo has not been illuminated.
Obviously, some progress has been made in this field. Despite the merits and the talent of so many female legal professionals, they still don’t reach the most senior positions across the legal sector mainly due to discriminatory obstacles placed in their paths.
To sum it up, this issue directly clashes with the principles defended by the legal profession. The legal sector cannot afford this contradiction and should lead by example. With the advance of raising general awareness around gender discrimination and stereotypes, it is time for increased action. This issue is of great consideration to LegaMart.
Answering a question about the position of London regarding the provision of security guarantees for Ukraine, she stressed that such actions would be possible if requested by Kyiv.
"We want to help in every possible way ... And we would be happy to play a role in this if the Ukrainian government asks us to do so," Woodward said, adding that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently talking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky " almost daily."
A point to consider is social media’s effect on divorce! People can get emotional support on different platforms of social media. According to divorce lawyers, what you post or share can be used against you someday in the courtrooms or they can be twisted!
The potential effects of the digital footprint left by people, especially on family law disputes from the perspective of divorce lawyers are scrutinized in LegaMart’s article, out of which a summary is provided.
Divorce Lawyers Say: Be Careful about What You Post!
As social media users are getting more and more per day, the evidence presenting in the court is not limited to physical type anymore. Furthermore, social media has become such a force in family law that divorce lawyers usually spend as much time researching Facebook pages as they do reviewing and analyzing relevant case law. Of course, we should not take it as something easy and simple! Some factors like relevancy, materiality, and authentication of social media evidence should be taken into consideration in order to prove an evidence as a valid one.
What Do the Divorce Lawyers Advise You to Do?
There are different tips to take into consideration as brought up in the above mentioned article, while some of them are here: Keep in mind that some kinds of social media can indicate the users’ location through the metadata. Moreover, according to Madison Kelly, a divorce lawyer, “where full and frank disclosure is not being provided: A LinkedIn account may show that a party either is, or has been employed somewhere that they had previously not disclosed”.
Final Remarks from the Perspective of Divorce Lawyers
To conclude, no one can ignore the impacts of internet and social media on our lives, particularly on family law related disputes. As a result, you should be careful! Above all, if you are a divorce lawyer, keep this issue in mind to represent your client effectively. You can print a Chain of texts and submit to the court. So, divorce lawyers should advise their clients to withdraw from the public eye in divorce proceedings. Be cautious!
In London, a swan lay down on the tracks.
Metro employees tried to remove him from the technical area, but nothing came of it.
After almost an hour, the bird independently climbed to the surface.
Because of this event, 14 trains were cancelled.