Inheritance in Middle East

Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Inheritance in Middle East

Urs Stirnimann will be attend the InvestPro Dubai 2016 with Presentation: “Inheritance in Middle East”


  • Distribution of assets in the event of death is guided by the UAE federal law (Personal Status Law and the Civil Transactions Code)
  • and public order in accordance with the custom and principles of Shariah law.
  • Following a death, the UAE Courts will examine an estate and potentially distribute it according to Shariah law, where distributions follow clear regulations.
  • Main differences between the Shariah law and western law, which often disconcert expatriates living in the UAE, are the questions of inheritance and the guardianship of your children in case of death.

Forced Heirship

  • Forced heirship rules in Shariah law, like in many civil law countries.
  • Not only the spouse, but also the parents of the deceased will receive a certain part of the inheritance and for example a daughter only receives half of what a son receives.
  • Until the inheritance is clarified, bank accounts and assets remain blocked.

Inheritance in the UAE

  • Inheritance in the UAE is rather complex.
  • Probate through UAE courts, all in Arabic.
  • Court of First Instance will apply Shariah Law usually also for non-Muslims.
  • Appealing it might lead to the application of the foreign law for non-Muslims.
  • Might take many months if not years.r

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