While the Retail and Consumer sector is buoyant, the business environment in the region continues to evolve, as does the regulation that governs the sector. With this in mind, we have prepared articles to cover a broad range of pertinent subjects, providing an up-to-date guide on matters such as the emergence and popularity of multi brand ghost kitchens, also known as cloud kitchens. You will read about using client data safely and how the updates to the data protection laws and regulations impacts this. Our team in Oman have produced an article that provides a snapshot of the Retail sector there, and our Metaverse Working Group share an article that outlines the opportunities and trends for retailers in the Metaverse. Furthermore, our experts discuss in-store and ecommerce retail trends, provide insights on the recent legislative changes in retail, and provide clarity on unemployment insurance schemes. That’s not all, we have an important contribution detailing how the new UAE Commercial Agencies Law will level the retail playing field, and finally, with ESG being at the top of all business agendas, we provide a holistic review of ESG in the retail sector.
The edition also features articles that sit outside the Retail and Consumer sector focus. These include two pieces on Bahrain, the first is an overview of construction disputes, and the second discusses the future of sustainable energy. In addition, we have included an article on the new DIFC Family Office regime, and we feature insights on the rules of origin in GCC states. In the final section of this edition, we share a roundup of real-life judgments that provide context to the legal landscape across the region.
I hope you enjoy this issue, and should you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of the lawyers who have contributed.