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CW In Focus | Construction dispute resolution in Dubai [2019]

Special episode of CW's weekly bulletin goes behind the scenes of Dispute Resolution Question Time: Dubai event

The second iteration of Construction Week’s Dispute Resolution Question Time: Dubai event was held at the city's Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa on 20 March, 2019, with the event featuring a variety of industry experts to discuss engineering conflict avoidance and resolution in the UAE emirate and beyond.

With more than 60 experts in attendance, and returning to the emirate after popular demand, the event touched upon a raft of ‘hot button’ issues in Dubai’s construction dispute sector, such as late payments, contract claims, arbitration options, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and the state of the market in general.

READ: Conflict avoidance – and resolution – is a two-way street

Panel moderator HE Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi of DIFC Courts guided the evening's proceedings, and he was joined on stage by Michelle Nelson, partner at law firm Reed Smith; Robert Jackson, managing director for the EMEA operation of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and Mark Thomas, director at HKA.

Speaking to Construction Week following the evening’s initial panel discussion, panellist Nelson said: “One of the other things we do is to try and come in and look at contract administration practices as well and help create best practice as to how those contracts are best managed.

“If you do a number of those things, you seek to try and avoid the hugely adversarial fight or war at the end of the day,” she added.

Jackson explained that the GCC must work “in an efficient way” to convince investors that this market "is delivering projects on-time and on-budget", and as a result, entice further inward spending.

Construction Week In Focus is a twice-weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development and contracting sectors. The series is hosted on Construction Week's YouTube channel, alongside weekly series published by its sister titles. The latter includes MEP Engineered by MEP Middle EastFM Live by facilities management Middle East, and Heavy Metal by PMV Middle East.

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Construction Week In Focus episodes are published each Sunday and Wednesday. Heavy Metal episodes are published on Mondays, and FM Live updates are presented on Tuesdays. MEP Engineered rounds off the week each Thursday. All videos are published at 4.30pm Dubai time. 

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