The Challenges of Delivering Major Projects in the Middle East and their impact on disputes

The Challenges of Delivering Major Projects in the Middle East and their impact on disputes

The Challenges of Delivering Major Projects in the Middle East and their impact on disputes
Date: 4 May 2023
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: Online zoom platform
Type of event: Webinar

Organised by

Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)

About Event

Construction Industry, one of the most vibrant industries globally, is experiencing a high volume of construction disputes and claims. This webinar will address complex issues arising out of construction arbitration in the Middle East, with a focus on the use of technology, the main causes of construction disputes, key trends shaping the construction industry and other hot topics.

The session will bring together industry experts to share their experience and knowledge and lessons learnt during and post pandemic and how to deal with construction issues.


Participants will learn in-depth, practical approaches to the following:

  • Identifying the underlying issues in construction disputes and their avoidance and resolution methods.
  • Practical tips for effectively managing construction disputes from diverse perspectives.
  • The new trends in construction claims and legal disputes and the impact of using technology.

Who should attend?

  • Arbitrators, in-house counsel, legal practitioners, experts, engineers, contract specialists, investors and anyone interested in understanding the latest development and challenges in the UAE’s construction industry.

Registration Fees:


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 be sure to include ‘your name’ as the transaction reference so that we can easily track your payment.
  • Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the full registration 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.

Meet our Panelists

The Moderator

Celine Abi Habib Kanakri

Partner at Kennedys

Celine is a Partner in Kennedys’ Dubai office, specialising in arbitration with a focus on construction and commercial disputes. Celine has over 15 years’ experience practicing in the UAE and the Middle East and predominantly acts for multi-national corporations, construction companies and high net worth individuals. She has been repeatedly ranked in the Legal 500 EMEA for both UAE construction and UAE dispute resolution and is included in the Legal 500 ‘Arbitration Powerlist – Middle East’ and Asian Legal Business ‘MENA Super 50’ lawyers. She is a member of the SCL (Society of Construction Law), DIAC 40, UAE International Chamber of Commerce and ArbitralWomen. Celine also sits as arbitrator with leading institutions such as the ICC and DIAC – from which she has been awarded in 2018 ‘best sole arbitrator below the age of 40’.

The Panelists

Michelle Nelson

Partner at Reed Smith

Michelle is a partner in the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources practice. She is a specialist arbitration lawyer with over 24 years of experience. Her practice focuses on the Middle East, advising on major oil & gas and construction infrastructure disputes. Michelle represents clients in arbitration proceedings under the major international and regional arbitration rules including the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, DIAC and ADCCAC seated in Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman.

John Boultwood

Managing Director, Boultwood + Associates

John is the Managing Director of Boultwood + Associates. John has true global experience having worked in over 35 countries, providing commercial advice into Major Projects and Programmes at all stages of the project cycle. He works as an expert worldwide on quantum matters and has a focus in the Middle East having set up B+A in Dubai. John has wide experience in dispute avoidance and commercial management of disputes. He has authored 130+ independent Expert reports and has testified as a Quantum Expert on 20+ occasions in major international arbitrations. John has provided opinion at trial on a range of subjects which include estimation, suspension, termination valuation, cost and financial audit, preparation of final accounts, valuation of variations, re-measurement, inflation, and assessment of disruption/prolongation cost claims and counterclaims/back charges.

Ali Al Zarouni

Managing Partner, Horizons & Co Law Firm

Ali is the managing partner of the firm with more than 20 years experience specialising in litigation and arbitration matters. He leads a team who support some of the most prominent organisations and individuals in the UAE before all levels of courts and arbitration tribunals. Such matters often involve construction, contracting, property, civil and commercial related disputes and clients often describe him as ‘a master at his game’ (Chambers Global, 2019). A registered arbitrator with DIAC and a registered member of the Islamic Centre for Reconciliation and Arbitration (IICRA), Ali is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator or legal expert by both institutions. Ali obtained his bachelor of Law in the UAE and is licensed to practice before all Courts, Police Stations and Public prosecutions in the country. He is also a qualified arbitrator and a registered Legal Practioner with the DIFC Courts. Finally, Ali is a licenced Private Notary Public by the Dubai Courts.