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Construction Law: Contracts & Dispute Management

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Beware adverse weather conditions

By Suzannah Newboult

Sandstorms and high wind speeds prevent the operation of cranes, extreme temperatures can impact on productively, and even unexpected heavy rainfall can effect site operations in Qatar. But is it the contractor or the client who should suffer the consequences of bad weather? (Read more..)

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The peace keepers

By Leonora Riesenburg

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is fast becoming a widely-accepted alternative to local court litigation. This is particularly true of arbitration.

Oddly, mediation is still heavily underused, which begs the question whether there is room for wider subscription in the UAE? In cultures where contracts are not always regarded as rigorous terms of engagement but rather as a framework intended to govern a commercial relationship, mediation is particularly well-placed to serve the settlement of differences at arm’s length before they escalate. (Read more..)

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Hiring a consultant? Check these points


PROFESSIONAL consultants are engaged on construction projects to provide specialist advice. The type of consultants appointed can range from architects, mechanical and structural engineers and surveyors to specialist consultants in fields such as safety, planning and traffic management.

Yet the terms of the professional appointments under which each tends to be engaged are very similar, with only the services schedules being truly distinct. (Read more..)

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BIM boosted by municipality mandate

by Stuart Matthews

A recent circular form Dubai Municipality has mandated the use of BIM for some construction projects, according to Paul Wallett of Tekla.

Effective from December, the full details of the circular’s impact on the construction industry in the emirate are still be analysed. (Read more..)

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First-hand advice from the FIDIC contract drafters – tailored for the Middle East

FIDIC’s 5th Middle Eastern Contract Users’ conference is your annual opportunity to get best practice contract advice and updates on the contract amendments directly from the very people who drafted them!

Samer Skaik, the Founder & Principal of Construction Management Guide, will once again be sharing his regional expertise at the event and will be joined by 18 other world-class experts. (Read more..)

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CPC 2013 – The new CIOB contract for use on complex projects

By Jeremy Glover

In April 2013, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) published a contract for use with complex projects (known as the Complex Projects Contract or CPC 2013). Speaking about the contract, one of its authors, Keith Pickavance, boldly said:

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Limitations on liability in the UAE – beware!

By Jatinder Garcha

Many standard form contracts contain provisions limiting the overall liability of the contractor, upon which a contractor unfamiliar with UAE law may place mistaken reliance. The FIDIC Red Book for instance, which is widely used throughout the Middle East region, contains a number of limitations on liability including at clause 17.6, which states:

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CMGuide Founder to Speak in AACEI Conference in Dubai

AACEI – UAE Section announces the one day Technical Conference on “Claims Management Practices” to be conducted at Hotel Gloria, Dubai on 09th November 2013. This Conference has been designed with a focus on Understanding claim events through the whole project life cycle right from Inception to the execution phase of the project. Along with understanding the claim events, early mitigation measures right from FEED stage and through various risk study methods become vital. Major claims of the days being on time related issues, a sheer attention is given on the topics related to Schedule preparation and Extension of Time studies during the one day conference.  (Read more..)

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FIDIC guidance on enforcing DAB decisions

By Gerrmy Glover

FIDIC, as is well known, are currently finalising a new amended version of the Yellow Book. In a taste of what is to come, on 1 April 2013 the FIDIC Contracts Committee issued a Guidance Note dealing with the powers of, effect of and the enforcement of Dispute Adjudication Board (“DAB”) decisions.

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