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The UAE Federal Decree-Law No. 45/2021 on Data Protection (DPL) came into force on 2 January 2022 and is the first comprehensive data protection law to exist at federal level in the UAE. Prior to then, the UAE did not have a stand-alone federal data protection law. 

The DPL aims to govern the practices of businesses in a manner which aligns the UAE with global practices, such as the EU's GDPR. Despite the Executive Regulations not yet being published, businesses should act now to implement necessary measures for compliance.

For those seeking guidance, our team of experts, well-versed in both the GDPR and local UAE laws, is available to assist businesses in navigating the complexities of data protection and ensuring compliance with the DPL. 

Read our article which provides a brief overview of the DPL and highlights 10 essential practices that businesses can adopt to prepare for the new regulatory landscape. Don't wait until it's too late – start building a robust data protection framework today.