VP issues law establishing Salik as public joint stock company

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Cars drive under a ‘toll gate’ sign on Sheikh Zayed Road, one of the busiest in Dubai. Agence France-Presse

In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has issued Law No. (12) of 2022 establishing road toll operator ‘Salik’ as a public joint stock company.

The company will have legal, financial and administrative autonomy to carry out its activities and achieve its objectives, in accordance with the provisions of the new Law, the company’s articles of association and other relevant Dubai legislations.

According to the Law, Salik Company will have a term of 99 years, starting from the date of its registration in the Trade Register.

The term renews automatically for the same period as per the company’s articles of association. The company, which has its headquarters in Dubai, can open branches and offices in Dubai and outside the emirate.

The Law also states that the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai is authorised to outsource all or part of Salik’s functions related to the operation and management of toll gates, as per the concession contract signed between RTA and Salik.

The concession contract outlines the rights and obligations of each party, as well as the duration of the contract.

Pursuant to the Law, proceeds from toll gates, including fees and fines, will be transferred to the company, as per the concession contract signed between RTA and Salik.

Existing toll gates in Dubai can be removed or modified subject to a Decree issued by the Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai. New toll gates can also be added subject to a Decree issued by the Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, and after RTA conducts a comprehensive traffic study in coordination with Salik.

Pursuant to the Law, Salik is exclusively authorised to operate, manage and develop the traffic toll system in Dubai. It is also responsible for implementing legislation related to toll gates and the development, operation and management of traffic systems, as per contracts signed with competent authorities both in Dubai and outside the emirate.

The company also provides advisory services related to traffic regulations and the toll gate system and works with RTA to conduct studies for planning and identifying new locations for toll gates.

According to the Law, Dubai Government owns all the shares of Salik Company PJSC. The Executive Council of Dubai is authorised to determine the percentage of shares that can be offered for subscription either through an initial public offering (IPO) or private placement.

If the company’s shares are offered for subscription in a public offering or private placement, the Dubai Government should own shares worth a minimum of 60 percent of the company’s capital.

Pursuant to the Law, the company’s Board of Directors will consist of a chairman and vice chairman, in addition to board members.

The first board of directors of the company will be formed according to a decision issued by the Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai. The Board serves for a period of three years.

The new Law permits the transfer of some staff from RTA to the new entity. The Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA will issue a decision on the staff who can be transferred to the new company without any prejudice to their rights.

The Law also authorises the Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, to nominate employees as judicial officers for recording violations of legislations the company is responsible for implementing.

The Law also annuls any other legislation that may contradict it. The new Law is effective from the date of its issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have emerged as regional leaders in the awareness and adoption of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices based on the findings of the second edition of the Mena CSR Survey Report. The survey was conducted by Cicero & Bernay Communication Consultancy (C&B), a leading MENA agency headquartered in Dubai, in partnership with 3Gem Research and Insights, a global research partner.

The annually conducted survey studies the understanding and impact of CSR across select countries in the GCC, Levant, and North Africa. In this year’s report, the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia lead the way and emerge as leaders, retaining their position from the report’s previous 2020 edition.

In total, 263 C-suite government, aviation, automotive, banking and finance, construction & real estate, healthcare, and transport executives and corporate leaders from across the Mena region were surveyed, including the UAE, the KSA, the greater GCC, and Egypt. The respondents were asked a series of CSR-related questions to gauge overall regional perception.

Nine in ten respondents from the MENA region feel that adopting CSR practices will have a positive effect on a company’s business.

81% of UAE managers state that the CSR for their company is either part of their DNA or one of the top priorities, while a soaring 95% in the KSA agree to the same.

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