Licensing Requirements under the new UAE Electronic Media Regulation

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by Vanessa Delnaud, Principal Associate and Jon Parker, Partner - Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Earlier this year, the UAE National Media Council ("NMC") issued the Electronic Media Regulation (the "Regulation") aimed at governing all online media activities in the country. The Regulation mainly introduced new licensing requirements for commercial digital media activities in the UAE. It also reinforces the obligation for all online media content broadcast across the UAE to comply with the local religious, social and cultural values.

The Regulation met with significant press initially, due to the impact on social media influencers. However, there was also a significant amount of questions regarding the scope of the licensing regime and its impact on businesses operating within the online arena. In recent weeks, some further clarity has been garnered from the NMC and so we cover this and the Regulation below.

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