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The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) recently published its new CRCICA Arbitration Rules, which have entered into force with effect from 15 January 2024 (the “2024 CRCICA Rules”).The CRCICA Arbitration Rules were last updated in 2011 and have now been revised to meet the needs of the evolving arbitration landscape in the MENA region, as well as internationally. The 2024 CRCICA Rules, which remain based on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules with modifications,…

A. LEGISLATION AND RULES A.1 Legislation International arbitration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to be governed by the arbitration law issued by Royal Decree No. 34/M, dated 24/5/1433H (corresponding to 16 April 2012G) and its implementing regulations (which came into force on 7 June 2017), which replaced the arbitration law issued by Royal Decree No. 46/M, dated 12/7/1403H, to which no notable amendments have been made since. A.2 Institutions, rules and infrastructure The…

In a landmark judgment issued on 6 September 2023 in (1) Sandra Holding Ltd (2) Nuri Musaed Al Saleh (together the “Respondents”) v. (1) Fawzi Musaed Al Saleh (2) Ahmed Fawzi Al Saleh (3) Yasmine Fawzi Al Saleh (4) Farah El Merabi (together the Appellants) [2023] DIFC CA 003 (the “Judgment”), the DIFC Court of Appeal (CA) has overturned a Worldwide Freezing Order (WFO) issued by the Court of First Instance on the basis that…

The Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA) opened its first office outside of Saudi Arabia in the DIFC. SCCA Dubai has started operating on 2 February 2023 and offers a comprehensive suite of ADR services to local and international businesses based in the UAE and/or operating in the Middle East.[1] In the latest developments, the SCCA has released its second edition of the SCCA Arbitration Rules (SCCA Rules), effective 1 May 2023. The SCCA Rules…