The UAE is renowned globally for its hospitality industry, upscale properties as a tourist, leisure, shopping and entertainment destination of choice. With major push from the government, hotels and airlines, this industry is expected to continue to grow. The UAE’s hotel construction pipeline is forecast to peak in 2017 and 2018 as the country gears up for the Expo 2020. Experts forecast 2017 and 2018 to be the busiest years, with 56 project openings in 2017 and 58 openings in 2018.
While hospitality is a broad, all-encompassing term, this major service industry is lot more complex than it seems. It includes everything from motels to 7-star hotels, shared accommodations, lodging, event planning, travel operators, theme parks, transportation, cruise line, cafes, bars, golf clubs, marinas, spas, restaurants and catering to name a few. It further consists of facility maintenance and direct operations staff. It also encompasses travel and transportation, including trains, airlines, cruise ships and the respective staffs for each.
In such a complex and diverse industry, the UAE is undergoing a sea of change to strengthen its position. From new employment regulations, value-added-tax (VAT), building large long-term projects, and protecting the rights of travelers, patrons and the industry operators is essential.
Al Gharib’s Hospitality understands this sector. Having honed our skills, expertise over the past 15 years, our team of experienced lawyers work across the entire range of legal disciplines to form a specialist industry practice group catering to all requirements of clients involved with the hotel and leisure industry.We advise on every type of product, including hotels, integrated resorts, serviced apartments, restaurants timeshare, fractional ownership arrangements.
Our expertise covers a wide-ranging offering of legal services such as:
- Drafting facilities management, royalty agreements
- Employment contracts related to staff – inhouse or outsourced
- Sale and purchase of a hotel as a going concern
- Contractor appointment & form of construction contract
- Litigation, arbitration, mediation, dispute resolution related to hospitality projects
- Local regulations & licensing
- Insurance claims
- Financing hospitality related real estate projects
- Incorporation and licensing of hotels