x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

iPhone app provides UAE laws on the go

A Brazilian businessman has developed an iPhone application providing mobile access to more than 200 UAE laws.

ABU DHABI // A Brazilian businessman has developed an iPhone application providing mobile access to more than 200 UAE laws. The application, called UAE Laws, was approved by Apple and released this week. "The purpose of this is to be a quick reference to the main laws of the country," said Max Malta, who built a similar device to help navigate the legal system in his home country. Mr Malta said the application would probably be used by lawyers and policemen, but was developed "for all citizens".

He said the information, which was obtained from the website www.elaws.gov.ae, will be regularly updated. Initially, the application is available only in English, but Mr Malta said he may produce an Arabic version soon. The application costs Dh185 (US$49.99). Asif Iftekhar, the founder of the website uaemobiles.com, said the value of the application would depend on factors such as how easy it was to search for particular laws or get answers to questions.

"If somebody's streamlined the information so, for example, if you wanted to find out about property law in Dubai and it can answer you, then it's useful," he said. "But otherwise the information is available on the web." dbardsley@thenational.ae