DIFC set to resolve building rows

Construction arbitration decisions in the UAE will soon be made in a new court at Dubai International Financial Center.

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By  Sean Cronin Published  April 22, 2006

Construction arbitration decisions in the UAE will soon be made in a new court at Dubai International Financial Center. And those decisions will have to be enforced by the existing court system. But the move could encounter opposition from the UAE’s top judges according to local legal commentators. It also means that the DIFC court could emerge as a rival forum to the existing Dubai International Arbitration Center, for hearing local construction industry disputes. Although still in draft form, the arbitration law of the DIFC court will mean that a decision made in the new court is enforceable in the wider Dubai court system, according to Dean Ferris, chief legal officer at DIFC. He said: “That has been agreed and it would be enforceable. A DIFC court is a Dubai court; even though it’s designated DIFC, it belongs to the same system of courts for all purposes.” The arbitration procedures of the new court at DIFC are currently being finalised and could be published within the next three months.

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