DIAC’s Stage 1  Arbitration Training: Building a Strong Foundation for a Successful Arbitration  Career

DIAC’s Stage 1 Arbitration Training: Building a Strong Foundation for a Successful Arbitration Career

DIAC’s Stage 1  Arbitration Training: Building a Strong Foundation for a Successful Arbitration  Career

“DIAC’s Stage 1 Arbitration Training: Building a Strong Foundation for a Successful Arbitration Career”


29 – 30 May 2023



Looking to become an accomplished arbitrator? DIAC offers a comprehensive training program that consists of three intensive parts. Completing all three parts will equip trainees with significant knowledge and skills to conduct arbitration cases under the DIAC Rules, whether as counsel or arbitrators.

Part 1 will introduce trainees to ADR in general and arbitration in particular. This segment of the program will cover preliminary procedural matters that are essential to conducting arbitration proceedings.

Our prominent arbitration practitioners do not just present academic topics. They also share their experiences and real-life practical examples to give trainees the most effective strategies to overcome arbitration challenges.

To help trainees better understand the topics, our trainers engage in interactive discussions and practical exercises with each other and the audience. This interaction provides valuable insights on some of the most controversial issues in arbitration.

The main goal of Part 1 is to introduce the fundamental knowledge about arbitration to the trainees and prepare them to attend Part 2 and Part 3. These segments will cover arbitration from the commencement of the proceedings until the issuance and enforcement of the final award.

Join DIAC’s training program today and gain the skills and knowledge to excel in arbitration.

Organised by

Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)




·        Learning effective arbitration strategies through practical examples and interactive discussions

·        Acquiring comprehensive and practical training from expert trainers

·        Developing a solid foundation to conduct arbitration cases under the DIAC Rules

·        Understanding the role and responsibilities of an arbitrator or counsel in an arbitration proceeding

·        Gaining practical experience through simulated arbitration exercises

·        Networking and building connections with fellow professionals in the field of arbitration.

Date, Time & Venue

·        29 – 30 May 2023

·        10:00 – 17:30

·        Dubai Chambers Premises

Who should attend?

This training program is ideal for the following:

·        Arbitrators

·        In-house counsel

·        Legal practitioners

·        Experts

·        Law students

·        Whoever wants to know more about arbitration



Registration fee:  AED 2000 (Inclusive of VAT)

·        Group Discount: %10 discount for groups of three (3) and more

·        Non-Profit Organization: %15 discount (Group Discount N/A)


Registration fees can be transferred to our below banking details:

Account Title:                              Dubai International Arbitration Centre

Bank name:                                  Emirates NBD

Swift code:                                   EBILAEAD

Account Number:                        1015826070501

IBAN:                                            AE300260001015826070501

Currency:                                      AED

Important Notes:

·        Please include ‘your name’ as the transaction reference so we can easily track your payment.

·        Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the full fees, including the VAT. Any applicable bank charges are to be borne by the participant.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellation requests must be made in writing:

·        Cancellation more than 7 working days before the event date: 100% refund of the fees;

·        Cancellation between 7 and 3 working days before the event date: 50% refund of the fees;

·        Cancellation 2 working days or less before the event date: no refund.

Registration Link:


Certificate of Participation:

Upon completion of the training program, participants will be awarded a certificate of participation.


DIAC Training Day -1

Introduction to Arbitration

·        10:00 – 11:30 Definition of alternative dispute resolution and advantages of arbitration

·        11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break

·        11:45 – 12:15 Ad hoc v Institutional Arbitration

·        12:15 – 13:00 The role of state courts in arbitration

·        13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

The Arbitration Agreement

·        14:00 – 15:30 Legal requirements under the UAE Law (practical examples)

·        15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break

·        15:45 – 16:15 The Principle of Separability

·        16:15 – 16:45 Kompetenz- Kompetenz 

·        16:45 – 17:30 Open discussion (Q&A)

DIAC Training Day -2

Substantive & Procedural Law Applicable to the Arbitration

·        10:00 – 11:30 Law of the seat and governing law (interplay with institutional rules)

·        11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break

·        11:45 – 12:15 Law of the arbitration agreement

·        12:15 – 13:00 Soft laws

·        13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

Commencing the Arbitral Proceedings under the DIAC Rules

·        14:00 – 15:30 Filing the Request for Arbitration & Answer

·        15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break

·        15:45 – 16:00 Notifications and communications

·        16:00 – 16:45 Constitution of the Arbitral Tribunal

·        16:45 – 17:30 Open Discussion (Q&A)


Aarta Alkarimi C.Arb

Founding Partner of Chrysalis International Legal Advisors


Aarta is the Founding Partner of Chrysalis International Legal Consultants, renowned for her extensive experience resolving complex disputes related to large-scale construction and infrastructure projects worldwide. Prior to setting up Chrysalis, she served as counsel at some of the most prestigious American law firms in New York, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, representing a diverse range of clients, including governments, publicly held companies, and private entities on matters related to oil and gas pipelines, airports, stadiums, high-rise towers, mixed-use facilities, and schools.

Aarta is a Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She regularly chairs and acts as a party-appointed or sole arbitrator under various institutional rules. She has been recognised as a leading construction lawyer by Who’s Who Legal. Through the United States Department of Commerce, she teaches arbitration award drafting for various arbitration centres worldwide, including the Maldives and Sri Lankan arbitration centres. She is an Officer and Council Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council of the International Bar Association (IBA) and a regular speaker at international events on matters of interest, including diversity and inclusion, construction law, dispute avoidance and arbitration.


Ahmed Ibrahim

Independent arbitrator and founder of Ibrahim ADR in Dubai


Ahmed Ibrahim is a full-time independent arbitrator and founder of Ibrahim ADR in Dubai. He has vast experience handling cases involving major projects and transactions, often with significant sums of money in dispute. He has extensive experience in civil law and common law jurisdictions with an in-depth understanding of the legal systems in the Middle East.

In addition to his experience as counsel, Ahmed has served as an arbitrator in more than 180 ad hoc and institutional arbitration cases.

Ahmed acted in complex and high-value disputes about projects in countries across the MENA region, Europe and Asia-pacific. His expertise includes acting as counsel or arbitrator in disputes across various industries, including construction, insurance, real estate, commercial, international trade, retail, power, oil and gas, renewable energy, nuclear, mining, water and utilities.

Ahmed was praised by Legal 500 for construction and arbitration skills, and nominated for GAR’Best Prepared, Most Responsive Arbitrator’ award. Chambers & Partners highlights his experience as an arbitrator across multiple industries.


Alain Farhad

Partner, Head of International Arbitration, Dubai at Mayer Brown


Alain Farhad has acted as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or Chairman in over 50 arbitration proceedings conducted under the rules of various international institutions. He has also advised and represented corporations, States and State-owned entities in commercial, construction and investment disputes for over 15 years. He is based in Dubai and heads Mayer Brown’s International Arbitration practice in the Middle East.

Prior to relocating to the Middle East, he practised international arbitration in Paris.

He has written extensively on various aspects of arbitration law in French and English and is regularly invited to speak at various international arbitration conferences globally.

He is fluent in English, French and Farsi and proficient in Russian.


Antonin Sobek

Counsel – DIAC International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)


Antonin Sobek is a counsel at Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). Before joining DIAC, he practised international arbitration at leading international law firms in London and Paris. He represented States and multinationals in high-stake construction, commercial, investment, and inter-State disputes.

Antonin is qualified to practice law in France. He holds law degrees from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po (in partnership with Columbia University and Sorbonne University) and a post-graduate diploma in International Construction Contracts from Panthéon-Assas University.

Antonin is also a lecturer in dispute resolution at Sciences Po in Paris and a TAIEX expert in investment arbitration. Besides his work, Antonin serves as a Young ICCA Regional Representative for Western Asia, is a member of the MENA Sub-committee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations, a co-founder of the UAE chapter of ENERAP, and an Arbitrator Intelligence Ambassador.

He speaks French, English, Spanish, and Czech.


Dr Hassan Arab

Member of DIAC Arbitration Court

Partner, Regional Head of Dispute Resolution – Arbitration & Litigation


Dr Hassan Arab is a leading dispute resolution expert in the UAE and broader Middle East with full rights of the audience before all UAE courts. He regularly sits as an arbitrator and has extensive experience providing expert opinions on UAE laws before arbitration tribunals and foreign courts. He has spent his career building one of the strongest litigation teams in the Middle East, which Legal 500 has recognised as “having a great reputation for local court work with a number of really good practitioners”. Chambers Global has commended Dr Arab as a “real winner who gives excellent advice and solutions” and recognised them as a highly recommended leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution Eminent Practitioner in the UAE.

Dr Arab is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the ICC – UAE Commission on Arbitration & ADR. In addition, he is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; court member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC); member of Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC); member of Future Arbitration Court of Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre (CIMAC), Board Advisor of Delos Dispute Resolution; Board Advisor of Dubai University; and Lecturer at Saint Joseph University (Dubai).

Dr Arab has written and lectured extensively on various topics, including arbitration and dispute resolution. He has also authored several books, including summaries of UAE Courts’ Decisions on Arbitration (1st and 2nd Editions).


John Lewis

Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys Middle East


John is an experienced arbitration and commercial litigation practitioner based in Dubai since 2006. He has acted on a wide variety of disputes before international arbitral tribunals, as well as before civil and common law courts throughout the Middle East. He has been instructed on some of the most high-profile regional disputes. He can expertly navigate the dispute process whilst providing clients with advice which takes into account the practical realities of operating in and out of the region. John has significant experience in commercial arbitration matters in sectors including real estate, healthcare, transport and logistics and shareholder disputes and has sat as an arbitrator in numerous disputes. He is ranked as the ‘Next Generation Partner’ for both litigation and arbitration in leading global directories Chambers Global and the Legal 500; he is currently the only UAE-based lawyer recommended as a Global Leader for professional negligence disputes by Who’s Who Legal’s Global Guide; and also recognised in the Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist Middle East.


Kim Rosenberg

Partner in Freshfields’ Global Projects Disputes Group.


Kim has over 20 years of experience as a dispute lawyer. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and sits as an arbitrator in construction disputes. Kim is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales, Australia, and a foreign registered legal consultant in Dubai and Singapore. She is also a Solicitor Advocate (Civil) in the Higher Courts of England and Wales. Kim is recognised in the Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist Middle East and ranked in Chambers UAE for Construction: Dispute Resolution. From a construction industry perspective, Kim was chair of the committee that drafted the 2nd edition of the Society of Construction Law’s Delay and Disruption Protocol. She is a committee member of the Society of Construction Law (Gulf) and a Board member of the International Construction Law Association. Kim is co-editor and co-author of the Sweet & Maxwell publication “Dealing with Delay and Disruption on Construction Projects”.


Thomas Snider

Partner and the Head of Arbitration at Al Tamimi & Company in Dubai.


Thomas R. Snider has represented high-net-worth individuals, corporate entities, and sovereign states in a wide range of matters involving international arbitration and other forms of cross-border dispute resolution, including state-to-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration, international investment disputes, and U.S. court litigation.

Tom is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration and is ranked for dispute resolution in Chambers United Arab Emirates. He is recognised in the Legal 500 Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist – Middle East Region and for Arbitration & ADR in the United Arab Emirates by Lexology’s Client Choice. He was also recognised by Asian Legal Business in its listing of Super 50 Lawyers in MENA 2022. Tom is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Arbitration Committee of the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA), the International Arbitration Committee of KCAB International, and the Executive Committee of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA) Users Council (Realty).

Tom is also the lead international expert for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in providing technical advice to the Republic of Uzbekistan on its new UNCITRAL-based arbitration law.

Before relocating to Dubai, he was a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. 

Tom received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.