Compendium of Middle East international arbitration developments in 2017

The last 12 months have seen a number of important developments in the field of international arbitration in the Middle East. We have been keeping a careful eye on those developments and have updated you throughout the whole year with our client alerts.

In this handbook, we present a summary and recap of the key developments of 2017 on which we reported, namely: 

  • The New Qatar Arbitration Law
  • The adoption of the Implementing Regulations of the 2012 Arbitration Law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • The opening of a representative office by the ICC in the Abu Dhabi Global Market
  • The launch of a new division within the DIFC Courts - the Technology and Construction Division
  • The New DIAC Arbitration Rules 2018
  • A closer look at the Judicial Tribunal and its key decisions of 2017

The developments on the whole have been positive with the most significant being the introduction of the New Qatar Arbitration Law and clarification about the 2012 Arbitration Law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

It is anticipated that 2018 will continue to see changes to the dispute resolutions landscape to make it a more arbitration friendly and certain environment. In particular, it is anticipated that the UAE will enact a new arbitration law.

For a copy of the 2017 Compendium, please click here or to request for a free hard copy, please contact dubaievents@hoganlovells.com.

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