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Dubai courts v DIFC courts: just a jurisdictional stand-off or an outright declaration of war?

In light of the most recent case law precedent, the development of the relationship between the onshore Dubai and the offshore Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts has taken a very unfortunate turn. Since 2004, the DIFC courts have been evolving into a common law forum of choice as an alternative to the onshore civil … Continue reading Dubai courts v DIFC courts: just a jurisdictional stand-off or an outright declaration of war?

Dubai onshore and offshore courts confirm application of apparent authority to arbitration under UAE law

In a sequence of recent rulings starting in 2015, the Dubai courts have confirmed that the doctrine of apparent authority does, after all, apply¬†to the formation of arbitration agreements. The former prevailing position was that apparent authority did not have a place in arbitration, which requires a special (rather than just a general) power of … Continue reading Dubai onshore and offshore courts confirm application of apparent authority to arbitration under UAE law