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Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre opens its doors in Dubai

The Dubai-based Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC), the first of its type in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has opened its doors.

Established by the Dubai government to provide arbitration and mediation services across the UAE, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the MENA regions, the not-for-profit EMAC is headquartered in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

EMAC has compiled a list of selected arbitrators, mediators and experts to facilitate timely arbitration and mediation. Emergency arbitrators are also readily available to ensure fast interim action may be taken if necessary

It also offers a variety of additional services such as arbitration/mediation meeting rooms, appointment of translators, session stenographers and case secretaries.

 “EMAC is an advanced maritime arbitration centre with its rules based on internationally recognised and accepted standards such as those of the UNCITRAL and uses the DIFC as its default jurisdiction enabling enforcement of arbitral awards in a timely fashion,” said Majid Bin Bashir, vc and secretary general of EMAC (pictured right). Bashir

EMAC has urged public and private companies and organisations to start using the EMAC model arbitration and mediation clauses in its contracts, standard terms and conditions which are free to download on its website www.emac.org.ae.

Corporate and individual membership packages, intended to create a platform for discussions and engagement to further the maritime e sector, is also available and will include discounts at EMAC’s conferences, workshops and other capacity building programs.

The first such event will be EMAC’s formal public launch on 2 November 2 during the Dubai Maritime Summit. EMAC will also hold an introductory panel in Abu Dhabi during the ADIPEC event on 10 November and has a similar event scheduled for Fujairah in March 2017.

Executive committee member Richard Briggs believes the new EMAC will facilitate best practice dispute resolution for the maritime sector.

"We are confident of meeting the challenge of being a specialised regional and international arbitration centre operating out of the UAE, servicing and adding to the maritime and trade cluster already thriving in the region," Briggs said.

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