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New Arbitration Law in Qatar

Introduction The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, issued Law No 2 of 2017 on 16 February 2017 (the "New Arbitration Law"). The New Arbitration Law has not yet been published in the Official Gazette and implementing … Continue reading

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The DIFC’s conduit jurisdiction under attack? The Dubai Court attempts to reverse Banyan Tree

Following on from our reporting on the controversial first decision of the Judicial Tribunal in Daman Real Capital Partners Company LLC v. Oger Dubai LLC, Cassation No. 1 of 2016 (JT) (click here), there has been significant commentary on the … Continue reading

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Middle East arbitration highlights from 2016 and trends for 2017

The last 12 months have seen a number of important developments in arbitration practice in the Middle East, some comforting to the arbitration community, some controversial. Here, we present a summary of the key themes from 2016, and give our … Continue reading

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Arbitration in Dubai: two steps forward, one step back

Introduction Dubai promotes itself as an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction, in line with its objective of attracting international business. A recent, much-publicised change to the UAE Federal Penal Code which introduces potential criminal sanctions for arbitrators, threatened to undermine this reputation. It … Continue reading

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Dubai Arbitration Week

Dubai Arbitration Week is underway with an extensive programme of events. The CIArb Seminar opened proceedings on 13 November including a keynote address by Vincent Moran QC of Keating Chambers on "Turbulent and troublesome tribunals and the appearance of bias" … Continue reading

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THE DRAFT DIAC RULES

Following changes brought in by a number of other arbitral institutions including the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre is to amend its Arbitration Rules to bring them in line with modern arbitration practice and to ensure its … Continue reading

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Qatar- Another positive step forward in the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards

In the past, Qatar's application of the New York Convention has been somewhat unpredictable. A recent decision of the Qatari Court of Cassation suggests that Qatar is moving towards overcoming the perception that it is an arbitration-unfriendly jurisdiction. Qatar's status … Continue reading

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THE NEW DIFC-LCIA ARBITRATION RULES 2016

The DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre has issued its new rules which will apply to all arbitrations commencing on or after 1 October 2016. The key changes are discussed below.

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Onshore Dubai partners with Offshore: DIAC looks to develop “closer ties” with the DIFC

The Dubai International Arbitration Centre (“DIAC”) is now implementing its new strategy, designed to develop its international presence and dispel any notion that it is an 'onshore' only institution. On 27 September 2016, DIAC, arguably the leading arbitration centre based … Continue reading

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Agreeing to Arbitrate in the UAE: “Apparent Authority” and Article 25 of the UAE Commercial Companies law

It has long been believed that an arbitration clause in a contract could not be enforced against a UAE company unless the person signing the contract had specific authority to bind the company to arbitration, and not simply authority to enter into the contract. … Continue reading

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