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DIFC Academy is delighted to celebrate the release of “DIFC and UAE Employment Law: A Comparative Guide” by Sarah Malik and Thenji Moyo, renowned UAE-based employment lawyers, at an exclusive book launch event. Register to join us online for this insightful panel discussion.

The book launch will be livestreamed by the DIFC Academy and will be co-hosted by LexisNexis, the publisher of the book, which is the first ever edition to be published for non-legal professionals comparing the employment regulations of the United Arab Emirates and DIFC free zone in the emirate of Dubai. Sarah and Thenji will be joined by Alya Al Zarouni of DIFC Authority,  Dr Tenia Kyriazi of Middlesex University Dubai and Hussain Hadi of LexisNexis Middle East for an insightful panel discussion into how the book is designed to educate key stakeholder groups about the UAE legal system and respond to evolving business needs, as organisations across the country are implementing strategies to retain and attract top global talent. The panelists will explore how, as a rapidly-evolving area of legal practice, employment law continues to remain at the forefront of the UAE’s vision to become one of the leading jurisdictions in the world. This event will also highlight the recent changes in DIFC Employment Law. 


09:30 AM to 10:00 AM – Registration and networking
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Panel discussion
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Networking

Authors & Speakers:


CEO & Founder | SOL International

Sarah Malik is an experienced and well- regarded lawyer whose 20 year career to date has spanned internationally. Prior to founding SOL International Ltd, she practiced as a Barrister at a leading set of Chambers in London, worked as employed Counsel at a leading UK law firm and headed the Advocacy and Investigations team of an International law firm in Dubai. She is a member of the SIAC Users Council in the Middle East and is appointed on the Lagos Panel of Arbitration Neutrals. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts appointments to sit as an arbitrator. Sarah is known as a straight talking, no nonsense lawyer who fights her clients corner hard and her approach and commitment has resulted in a loyal client following. She is dedicated to the work she undertakes and is recommended as an excellent advocate by those who work with her. Sarah also has a network of trusted lawyers in London, full rights to appear at all court levels in England and Wales and is an Associate member of a London Chambers.


Legal Director and Head of Employment | Gateley Legal

Thenji is an admitted UK employment solicitor who has been based in the UAE for ten years working predominantly on contentious and non-contentious employment matters within local and international firms. She advises on complex employment issues which include global mobility of employees, workplace investigations, cross-jurisdictional matters including temporary assignment, secondment, cross border engagements. Thenji works closely with the employment local litigation counsel to file employment claims at the Dubai Courts via the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and she is a legal practitioner registered with the DIFC Courts. She is a visiting employment law lecturer at the University of Middlesex (Dubai) and an active volunteer lawyer within various pro-bono clinics, which includes the DIFC Pro-bono clinic and the DMCC Free Zone Mediation Centre clinic. Thenji is an appointed board member on the DIFC Employee Workplace Savings Scheme Supervisory Board.



Executive Vice President- Operations | DIFC Authority

In her role as Executive Vice President of Operations, Alya Al Zarouni oversees a number of internal functions, including Information Technology, Procurement, Administration, Corporate Development, Government Relations, Government and Registry Services. Her prime objective is to ensure DIFC Authority’s internal operations are well aligned to support the delivery of the 2024 Strategy and objectives. Prior to this role, Ms. Al Zarouni held the position of Senior Vice President – Operations at DIFC Authority, and before that was Senior Vice President - Government & Registry Services for five years. In this capacity, she was responsible for driving the strategic direction across the organisations Government Services, Registrar of Companies and Registrar of Properties offices.


Deputy Director Academic Operations & Head of Law & Politics | Middlesex University Dubai

Dr Tenia Kyriazi is the Deputy Director of Academic Operations at Middlesex University Dubai. She holds a PhD in International Law, an LLM in International Law with International Relations, an LLB, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. She is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Tenia is a member of the Athens Bar Association (Greece) and the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre. Tenia’s research interests include International Human Rights Law, International Organisations, International Judicial Organs, and Legal Education. Her work has been published in many peer reviewed journals.


Head of Publishing and Technology | LexisNexis Middle East

Hussain Hadi heads the Middle East publishing arm of LexisNexis, which provides online access to legislation, regulatory news, case law, and practical guidance from across the MENA region. Prior to joining LexisNexis in 2011, his legal publishing experience includes roles at Oxford University Press and the Informa Group, where he managed a portfolio of commercial and banking law newsletters, books and websites. He launched the online version of the Lloyd’s Law Reports: Insurance & Reinsurance and also developed a series of legal training courses across a range of areas including patents, reinsurance, and contract drafting. Hussain has overseen the publication of over 200 leading practitioner works on commercial and international law, as well as managing a portfolio of business magazines including the first dedicated monthly law magazine in the Middle East. Having advised government and industry associations such as the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and the General Arab Insurance Federation, Hussain has chaired and spoken at conferences in UAE, UK, Oman, Bahrain and Jordan.

About the Book:

Written by Sarah Malik and Thenji Moyo who have a combined 30 years of experience working as both employment law practitioners in the UAE and lecturing on employment law at Middlesex University Dubai, this unique book provides a comparative guide to onshore UAE employment law and offshore employment law in the DIFC. It provides practical insight which will be useful for inhouse lawyers but has also been written in an accessible way which makes it a helpful guide for HR professionals and students.

Areas covered include employment contracts, statutory and family friendly rights, discrimination, disciplinary rules, termination and analysis of important Ministerial Decisions including those on COVID 19. The book also provides English translations of UAE Employment Laws and summaries of key UAE and DIFC Employment case decisions.

To purchase your copy, please click here


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