CW's Dispute Resolution Question Time: Dubai event returns

Payment delays, poorly-drafted contracts, and ADR mechanisms are among the topics on the agenda for next month's event

Construction disputes remain a pressing issue across the Middle East [representational image].
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Construction disputes remain a pressing issue across the Middle East [representational image].

Construction Week’s Dispute Resolution Question Time event is returning for another year to debate a culture of late payments and help clarify common building dispute causes.

Back on popular demand following events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai last year, Dispute Resolution Question Time will be held at the Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa on Wednesday, 20 March, between 5pm and 8pm.

Topics to be discussed at the Dispute Resolution Question Time event will include late payment resolution, contract claims, arbitration options, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms, and the state of the current market.

The event comes at a time when poorly-drafted contracts have compounded stakeholder relationships in the construction sector, which experts have previously described as 'adversarial' in nature. 

While numbers have yet to be revealed to evidence the rise or decline in the number of construction disputes in the Gulf, industry leaders have previously stated that late or delayed payments are becoming an increasingly tough issue as they do business.

Shaun Killa, the founder of Killa Design, told Construction Week that it had become “more challenging” to get paid on time. Greg Kane, managing director of WSP in the Middle East, last year expressed his “disappointment” that the well-documented challenges surrounding payment delays had not been satisfactorily addressed in the region.

A full list of panellists for Construction Week's Dispute Resolution Question Time will be published in due course.

Spaces for Construction Week’s Dispute Resolution Question Time can be secured by contacting Natasha Cristi on (+971) 4 444 3000 or emailing her at

For commercial partnership opportunities with Construction Week, please call Rebecca Lockwood on (+971) 4 444 3685. You can also reach her by email at

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