Dubai to operate common law courts in English language

Dubai has expanded the jurisdiction of the financial free-zone courts to allow foreign companies doing business in Dubai the option of using English-speaking courts to settle their disputes. Companies now have the option of taking settling their commercial disputes in independent common law courts in the Dubai International Financial Centre, rather than in Arabic-language civil courts. Dr Ahmed bin Hazeem, Director General of Dubai Courts, said: "This is a reflection of Dubai's commitment to supporting investors and businesses both domestically and from around the world. We believe it provides the business community, which Dubai has so successfully developed, with even greater choice as they seek swift and effective resolution to commercial disputes.” Benjamin Newland, a partner at King & Spalding, said: "Knowing that they have a forum here where a common law judge interprets agreements will sit better with investors.”

Dubai to operate common law courts in English language Wed, Nov 9, 2011