The Centre for Amicable Resolution of Disputes in Dubai

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, has created the Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes in Dubai under Dubai law number 16 of 2009.

The inauguration of the Centre for Amicable Resolution of Disputes in April 2012 has proven to be a great success so far. The Centre was launched by the Department of Economic Development in co-operation with the Dubai Courts to provide a mediation alternative to the judicial process. The Centre aims to facilitate the amicable and affordable settlement of disputes via mediation within a period of one month before referring the matters to the courts to proceed via the usual court process.

Mediation is a voluntary process. It is therefore not possible without full participation and commitment from all parties. All parties must therefore agree to enter into the process with the right mindset, although in some jurisdictions this may only be after judicial recommendation with associated risks of costs sanctions against the party who refused to mediate…

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