Employment Law in the Dubai International Financial Centre

    January 2016

    The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) is one of the UAE’s many free zones. Free zones are economic areas created by each of the seven UAE Emirates, established to be governed by rules and regulations that are generally different from those governing the “onshore” UAE. More precisely, UAE federal criminal law applies to the free zones while federal civil law (such as the Commercial Companies Law and the Commercial Transactions Law) applies only to matters with respect to which the free zone has not developed its own laws or regulations on. In many respects, the free zones are like foreign countries territorially located within the UAE.