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Qatar construction update — enforcement of arbitration awards in Qatar

Qatar has seen a positive step forward in the enforcement of arbitration awards recently with a decision by the Court of Cassation examining the application of the New York Convention, of which Qatar is a member, in respect of enforcement of arbitration awards in Qatar.

The Court of Cassation overturned the judgment of two earlier courts to recognise an ICC arbitral award on the basis that it had not been issued in the name of the Emir and therefore contravened Qatari public policy. The Court of Cassation ruled that the arbitral award was issued under the ICC Rules and as such was foreign owned and therefore was not generally subject to Qatari procedural law…

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