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The Terms of Use govern access to, and use of, the website. Your continued use will indicate your acceptance of the latest current Terms of Use. As the Terms of Use may be varied from time to time, please check the Terms of Use from time to time to make sure you are aware of the latest version.

The Dubai Economic Council ("DEC" or "Council") website is accessible via the address and its variations. It is the official website of DEC and is provided to meet the information needs of users in pursuit of the Council's objectives. Although targeted at decision makers, representatives of business community, economic experts, academia, researchers and media, it is provided for a variety of audiences worldwide.

The DEC Website is under constant development and the content it contains is subject to change without notice. Whilst DEC makes every effort to ensure that the content of the DEC Website is accurate, DEC cannot accept liability for the accuracy of all content at any given point in time.

Please note that DEC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

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Terms of Use

Please read the Terms of Use and privacy policy carefully. They contain important information about your rights and obligations.


  1. Introduction
  2. Disclaimer and limitation of liability
  3. Copyright and other intellectual property
  4. Contributing to the Website
  5. Linking to the Website
  6. Privacy and data protection
  7. User names and passwords
  8. Accessibility
  9. General
  10. Governing law
  11. Further information

1. Introduction

1.1 These terms and conditions of use ("Terms of Use") refer to the official website of The Dubai Economic Council ("DEC", "Council", "Our", "We" or "Us"), which is accessible via the address and its variations ("Website"). By using, or contributing to, the Website you ("User" or "you") agree to these Terms of use. In particular, we draw your attention to clause 2 (Disclaimer and limitation of liability), clause 3 (Copyright and other intellectual property rights) and clause 4 (Contributing to the Website). You may print and keep a copy of these Terms of Use.

1.2 Together these Terms of Use, About this page and About this site sections, and any web page-specific terms and conditions that may be shown on the Website from time to time, form the entire agreement between you and us ("Agreement"). If you do not agree to be legally bound by this Agreement please leave the Website immediately. Your continued access and use of the Website will amount to acceptance of the Agreement.

1.3 DEC reserves the right to change the Agreement or the Terms of Use at any time. You should review the Agreement and these Terms of Use on a regular basis to ensure that you are aware of any changes made as you will be legally bound by any amended terms if you continue to use the Website after the changes.

2. Disclaimer and limitation of liability

2.1 DEC does its best to ensure that all information on the Website is accurate. If you find any inaccurate information on the Website please let us know by sending an email to Web Services at and we will correct it, where we agree, as soon as practicable.

2.2 DEC gives no warranty or assurance about the content of the Website. As the Website is under constant development its contents may be incorrect or out-of-date and are subject to change without notice. While DEC makes every effort to ensure that the content of the Website is accurate, DEC cannot accept liability for the accuracy of all content at any given point in time.

2.3 DEC makes every effort to ensure that its computer infrastructure is error- and virus-free but does not warrant that any material available for downloading from the Website will be free from infection, viruses and/ or other code that has contaminating or destructive properties. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular requirements for the accuracy of data input and output.

2.4 Neither DEC nor any of its agents, employees and sub-contractors shall be liable to you or any other party for any claim, loss, demand or damages whatsoever (whether such claims, loss, demands or damages were foreseeable, known or otherwise) arising out of or in connection with the use of the Website or information, content or materials included on the Website.

2.5 In no event shall DEC or any of its employees or sub-contractors be liable to you for any indirect or consequential loss or damage arising out of your access to, or use of, the Website, including, without limitation, any;

  • 2.5.1 loss arising from business interruption, "downtime", denial of service attacks, viruses, or other harmful material that may infect your IT system or your proprietary materials;
  • 2.5.2 loss of actual or anticipated profits (including loss of profits on contracts);
  • 2.5.3 loss of revenue;
  • 2.5.4 loss of business;
  • 2.5.5 loss of opportunity;
  • 2.5.6 loss of anticipated savings;
  • 2.5.7 loss of goodwill;
  • 2.5.8 loss of reputation;
  • 2.5.9 loss or damage to, or corruption of, data;
  • 2.5.10 loss of use of money or otherwise; and
  • 2.5.11 whether or not advised of the possibility of such claim, any loss, demand or damages arising in tort (including negligence), contract or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

2.6 The Website provides hypertext links to other sites operated by other people. Using such a link means you are leaving the Website. DEC takes no responsibility for, and gives no warranties, endorsements, guarantees or representations in respect of, linked sites. DEC is not responsible for the privacy practices, nor do we accept any liability in connection with the content of, such websites, including those of our partners, which will in some cases have their own privacy policies tailored for the particular business practices in which they operate. Any concerns regarding any external link should be directed to its website administrator or web master.

2.7 Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties on the Website, including information providers, or users, are those of the authors or distributors and not of us. We do not necessarily endorse nor are we responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on the Website.

2.8 The information on the Website is not intended to address your particular requirements. Such information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us and is not intended to be relied upon by you in making (or refraining from making) any specific investment, or other, decisions. You should take your own advice and/ or make specific enquiries and independently verify any information made available on the Website.

2.9 If you make an arrangement with anyone named in or connected with the Website this is at your sole risk.

3. Copyright and other intellectual property

3.1 The Website contains copyright material, trade names and marks and other proprietary information, including, but not limited to, text, software, photos and graphics, and may in future include video, graphics, music and sound ("Content"). The Content is protected by copyright law, registered and unregistered trade marks, database rights and other intellectual property rights.

3.2 DEC, its licensors, or authorized contributors own the copyright, database right and other intellectual property rights in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of such Content, as well as in the Content original to it. You may not modify, publish, transmit, make available to the public, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, or in any way exploit, any of the Content, in whole or in part, except as provided in these Terms of Use.

3.3 You may download information from the Website for your own personal use only. Except as otherwise expressly permitted under copyright law, no copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or commercial exploitation of downloaded material will be permitted without our express permission or that of the copyright owner. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution or publication of copyright material, no changes in, or deletion of, author attribution, trademark notice or copyright notice shall be made. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyright material.

4. Contributing to the Website

4.1 Where you elect, or are invited, to submit any contribution or material to the Website (including any text, photographs, graphics, video, audio or logo) ("Contribution") or otherwise consent to the use of the Contribution, then by submitting the Contribution or consenting to its use, you grant DEC a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, play, make available to the public, and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to your Contribution worldwide and/ or to incorporate your Contribution in other works in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your Contribution. The DEC shall have no liability to you for any misuse by any third party of any Contribution that is distributed by us through the Website or in respect of any infringement of the intellectual property rights in any Contribution by any third party.

4.2 By submitting your Contribution to the Website, you:

  • 4.2.1 warrant and represent that your Contribution:

    • (a) is your own original work and that you have the right to make it available to DEC for all the purposes specified above and that it does not breach or infringe anyone else's rights, such as copyright, and that its use by us on the Website is not in any way illegal;
    • (b) is not defamatory, libellous, obscene, menacing, threatening, offensive, abusive, fraudulent or criminal;
    • (c) does not offend the principles or practices of Islam; and
    • (d) will not and does not contravene any relevant local, national or international law, regulation or Code of Practice or incite or encourage the contravention of any such law, regulation or Code of Practice;
  • 4.2.2 agree at all times to follow our latest message board rules of posting where any such rules are made available on the Website from time to time;
  • 4.2.3 agree to indemnify and keep DEC indemnified on demand against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by DEC as a result of your breach of any terms of this Agreement, including but not limited to the above warranties; and
  • 4.2.4 agree to waive any moral rights in your Contribution for the purposes of its submission to and publication on the Website and the purposes specified above to the fullest extent permitted by law.

4.3 We reserve the right to identify you in response to a court order, threat of legal action, or approach from any government authority, relating to an allegation that you have used the Website in breach of this Agreement or an allegation of any other unlawful activity by you in connection with, or arising out of your use of, the Website.

4.4 If you see any information on the Website that breaches your or anyone else's rights or may be illegal, defamatory or otherwise should be removed, let us know immediately by e-mailing Web Services at Acting, or deciding not to act, on receipt of such notice is a decision made solely by us at our own discretion.

4.5 We reserve the right to remove any Contribution from the Website (including any text, message board content, photographs, graphics, video, audio or logo) at any time and without notice and shall not be obliged to give a reason for doing so. In the event that we remove any Contribution from the Website we shall in no way be liable for any loss, liability, cost or expense suffered by you as a result (whether direct or indirect) of such removal.

4.6 We reserve the right to edit, remove postings to message boards, delete or use electronic methods to block or filter any Contribution left on or sent to the Website at our discretion, including without limitation any message that contravenes any of these Terms of Use, but we do not have an obligation to do so.

4.7 You must indemnify (pay) us, and keep us indemnified, on demand for any losses we suffer arising (directly or indirectly) from your breach of any provision in this section 4, or any other provision of these Terms of Use, or the message board rules of posting.

4.8 You must not misuse the Website by knowingly introducing viruses, or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Website, the server on which the Website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to the Website. You must not attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

By breaching this provision, we reserve the right to report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and in such an event we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the Website will cease immediately.

4.9 Where we create a link from our Website to any website operated by you, we shall have the right to remove such link at any time without obtaining your prior consent. In the event that we do remove a link from our Website to any website operated by you, we shall in no way be liable for any loss, liability, cost or expense suffered by you as a result (whether direct or indirect) of such removal, including, without limitation to the foregoing generality, where such loss, liability, cost or expense results from a loss of search engine positioning, ranking, placement or optimisation.

5. Linking to the Website

5.1 You may link your website to the home page of the Website at after our approval, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. DEC reserves the right on demand, as it in its discretion thinks fit, to direct you to remove any links to the Website from your website and you shall promptly comply with any such direction or any other lawful direction that we may give to you in relation to the placing of any such link on your website.

5.2 You must not establish a link from any website that is not owned by you.

5.3 Our Website (or any part of it or content of it) must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of the Website other than the home page. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. The website from which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in clause 4 above.

6. Privacy and data protection

6.1 Your right to privacy is important to us. The following terms are provided to explain how we collect and use information about you so that you can make an informed choice about using the Website. Your disclosure to us of your personal information will be an indication that you have read these terms and consent to our use of your personal information in accordance with these terms. Please check this Section of the Terms of Use regularly as any change to our privacy policy will be posted here.

6.2 Data protection

We will hold your personal data securely in accordance with all existing privacy and data protection laws and regulations applicable to us.

6.3 Collection and use of personal data

  • 6.3.1 The only personal information that we will collect is the personal information that you provide. Any personal information that you do provide will only be used for the purposes for which you have provided it and it will only be used within the Dubai Economic Council or its appointed contractors for carrying out the purpose for which the information is provided.
  • 6.3.2 You may at any time ask us to amend or remove your personal details from our records or our mailing lists relating to this Website by sending an email to the Web Services team at Should you request that we amend or suppress records containing your personal data, we will endeavour to do so as promptly as practical. However, where you ask to be removed from a mailing list, you may receive communications for a transitional period while we process your request.

7. User names and passwords

7.1 You are solely responsible in all respects for all use of and for protecting the confidentiality of any username and passwords that may be given to you or selected by you for use on our Website. You may not share these with or transfer them to any third parties.

7.2 You must notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of them or any other breach of security regarding our Website that comes to your attention.

7.3 You agree not to attempt to access, nor access, the Website using the username or password of any third party. If you accidentally access the Website using the username or password of a third party, you agree to immediately log-out of the Website and notify us of the mistake. You agree not to attempt to circumvent any security safeguards used in relation to the Website.

8. Accessibility

8.1 If you need any advice on making your web content and services accessible, please contact the Web Services Team (

8.2 Access to our Website is permitted without charge and at our discretion. We reserve the right to suspend, withdraw or amend the service we provide on the Website, or restrict your access to the Website, without notice to you and for any reason, including but not limited to your breach of any term of the Agreement and without incurring any liability.

8.3 From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Website, or the entire Website, to users who are (as the case may be) investors, researchers, students, DEC employees or who have registered with us.

8.4 Any suspension, withdrawal, or revocation of your access to the Website shall be without prejudice to any other of our rights or remedies we may have under this Agreement or at law.

9. General

9.1 You acknowledge that you have not entered into this Agreement in reliance upon any warranty or representation made by us or any other person which is not expressly included in this Agreement and you waive any rights to damages/ rescission you may have for misrepresentation (other than a fraudulent misrepresentation) that is not contained in this Agreement.

9.2 If any provision or term of the Agreement shall become or be declared illegal, invalid or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever, such term or provision shall be divisible from the other terms and conditions and shall be deemed to be deleted from them.

9.3 Failure by either party to exercise any right or remedy under this Agreement does not constitute a waiver of that right or remedy.

9.4 Any formal legal notices should be sent to us at the address at the end of these Terms of Use by email confirmed by post.

9.5 You may not assign or transfer your rights under this Agreement.

10. Governing law

10.1 The Agreement is governed by United Arab Emirates (UAE) law notwithstanding the jurisdiction where you are based. You irrevocably agree that the courts of Dubai shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute which may arise out of, under, or in connection with the Agreement and for those purposes irrevocably submit all disputes to the jurisdiction of the Dubai courts. The place of performance shall be Dubai.

10.2 We provide no warranty or guarantee that the Website or information available on it complies with laws other than those of UAE.

11. Further information

11.1 Further information on these Terms of Use or your privacy can be obtained from:

  • (a) Dubai Economic Council, P.O.Box: 112288, Dubai, UAE; or
  • (b) via telephone: (+971) (4) 223 4555; facsimile (+971) (4) 228 5050; or
  • (c) c) via email