Impact of COVID-19 has the left the world speechless, yet every country and
its major organizations are coping with the pandemic to ensure the flow of the
economy and maintaining the importance of prevailing circumstances while being
As legal consultants in Dubai, we are witnessing extreme steps taken by courts
of UAE and arbitration institutes for ongoing and new cases. Wherein, we have
already discussed about the steps taken by the courts of UAE and in this article
we will be discussing about the measures undertaken by arbitration institutes in
UAE by utilizing advanced technological methods to conduct the arbitration
As confirmed by arbitration lawyers of Dubai, all major arbitration institutes
are currently working and are administering all arbitration proceedings through
an online portal, which can be advised by your legal representative handling
your arbitration case. In furtherance, the article majorly discuss about the
conventional methods adopted by most arbitration institutes for managing the
On 26 March 2020, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) announced on
their website confirming the submissions of new arbitration proceedings through
the website and submission of documents in ongoing arbitration cases only
through emails to the case manager so appointed in the matter. To be precise the
authority has confirmed managing cases, however, only via emails or by website
portal. Similarly, the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre
(ADCCAC) is also completely in operation and is reachable through their website
or call center.
With regards to the arbitration institutes in the major free zones that Dubai
International Financial Centre- London Court of International Arbitration (DIFC-LCIA),
the authority has recently confirmed it operation, however, only through
telephonic calls and emails.
In all cases, either new or existing or waiting for an arbitration award, the
party may approach DIFC-LCIA through their portal or the contact details
provided to seek an update or may approach their legal representatives for
submitting documents or for filling a new arbitration case.
Another arbitration institute managed by a free zone authority is Abu Dhabi
Global Market Arbitration Centre (ADGMAC), which is already a digitalized
arbitration platform, unlike all other arbitration centers in UAE. Therefore,
ADGMAC is fully operational and is managing all arbitration cases efficiently
and without a glitch.
To conclude, all arbitration institutes registered within UAE are up and running
and making the best out of the situation by conducting online proceedings with
all existing cases and laying down steps regarding registration of new cases,
appointment of arbitrators and submission of case-related documentation.
Nevertheless, the foregoing rules and regulations issued by the institutes are
for a temporary period or until the COVID19 situation becomes normal or until
further notice by the authorities. In addition, considering the incomparable
flexibility in adapting to circumstances and acceptance to change in technology,
arbitration is one of the most successful way of coping with ever-changing needs
of economy and the circumstances as all arbitration institutes ensures the
smooth conduct of proceedings and without any further delay.
It is always advised to reach to best arbitration lawyers in UAE to seek expert
opinion on your potential dispute.