His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Vice-President and Prime Minister has issued, in his capacity as Ruler of
Dubai, Law No. 21 for 2015 regarding the new fees of the Dubai Court.
The New Law regulates the fees required by the courts of Dubai
for legal proceedings presented to the courts and is effective from 1 September
2015. The Law
enumerates several changes in the court fees for claims and petitions, examples
of which include the fee for an attachment application which was capped at
AED15,000 and is now calculated as 50% of the main action fees. Another example
is the court fee for filing a case which was calculated as a percentage (7.5%)
by reference to the monetary value of the claim and capped at AED30,000. This
cap has increased to AED40,000.
The provisions of the New Law are not applicable to claims
filed before the courts prior to its enforceability and fees which were
partially or entirely deferred during the course of litigation. In this case,
the fees due at the time of registration of the claim will be applicable.