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About DIAC

About DIAC

The Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) is the region’s largest alternative dispute resolution centre. As a non-profit organisation, DIAC allows parties from all nationalities and jurisdictions to settle commercial disputes outside judicial courts.

DIAC was established in 1994 as the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre. A decade later, it evolved as the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) under Decree No. (10) of 2004.

In September 2021, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued Decree No. (34) of 2021 on the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). The Decree rendered DIAC an independent entity, modernised its corporate governance framework, and reinforced its position as the leading arbitration centre in Dubai.

Since its inception, DIAC has gained extensive expertise in arbitration case management, securing the resolution of nearly 5000 cases, varying in value, complexity, and economic sector. The total number of registered cases reached an aggregate value of around AED 70 billion, equivalent to USD 19.1 billion.

As part of DIAC’s commitment to continuous development and efforts to consolidate Dubai’s position as an international dispute resolution hub through alternative methods, the Centre introduced its new Arbitration Rules in 2022. These rules address the evolving needs of arbitration and business communities and optimise and improve the efficiency of arbitration procedures.

Today, DIAC is on a mission to provide unmatched ADR services by embracing Excellence as a Standard, Integrity as a Compass, and Equity as a Principle.

Vision

“To be the ultimate global destination for dispute resolution.”

Mission

“To provide unmatched ADR services by embracing Excellence as a Standard, Integrity as a Compass and Equity as a Principle.”

Values

Equity | Integrity | Diversity | Collaboration | Pioneering | Sustainability

History of DIAC

Why DIAC?

  • DIAC’s main office is in Dubai, UAE. One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and home to more than 200 nationalities.
  • DIAC has a world-class branch in DIFC, the leading financial centre in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.
  • DIAC’s default seat of arbitration is DIFC, where the DIFC Arbitration Law applies to the arbitral proceedings, and the DIFC Courts act as the supervisory courts.
  • DIAC is an independent, neutral entity with a 3-decade legacy of providing efficient, impartial, and cost-effective alternative dispute resolution services. To date, DIAC has successfully managed nearly 5,000 cases, including complex and high-claim disputes, with an average yearly amount in disputes exceeding AED 5.5 billion.
  • DIAC’s 2022 Arbitration Rules foster the proceedings’ swiftness, effectiveness, and sustainability. They have been drafted to reflect the arbitration community’s demands while adhering to the best international practices in arbitration
  • DIAC takes pride in having a growing portfolio of seasoned DIAC registered arbitrators from all six continents and diverse legal and sectoral backgrounds. Our dispute resolution capabilities span a range of sectors, including Real Estate, Engineering & Construction, Corporate & Commercial, Finance & Investments, Logistics, Energy, and Oil & Gas.
  • DIAC’s case management department comprises a team of seasoned legal professionals from different cultural, educational, and legal backgrounds. Our team will support the delivery of excellent dispute resolution while applying the best-in-practice rules and procedures.
A Message from the Chairman

Chairman’s Message

Amidst today’s rapidly evolving world, a trusted arbitration centre is now integral to the success of any global business hub. At DIAC, we are committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence by ensuring the delivery of world-class ADR services to parties from all over the world, capturing the unique requirements of different sectors and staying up to date with the latest technologies that support sustainable dispute resolution.

In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we strive to strengthen the position of the Emirate as a reliable international hub for dispute resolution and enhance the role of DIAC as one of the best options available to parties for efficient and effective dispute resolution based on best international practices.