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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ARBITRATE?

by Omar Khodeir

This article addresses situations where there is an arbitration agreement but the dispute is reviewed by the national courts instead of being referred to arbitration or the arbitration clause is contested. Minor issues could cause an unwanted outcome contrary to what the parties agreed to initially. (Read more..)

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Key issues in PPP agreements

By Martin Preston

WITH the exception of power and/or water desalination plants, the GCC states have tended to procure their infrastructure directly rather than looking to the public-private partnership (PPP) model. However, a number of GCC states are now looking to the PPP model as a means of procuring infrastructure projects outside the power and water sectors as well.

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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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DECENNIAL LIABILITY IN QATAR: A Contractor’s Adversary

by Hani Al Naddaf & Sarah Kelly

Decennial liability is a strict form of liability imposed by law on construction contractors and design professionals for the total or partial collapse of buildings they designed and/or constructed, or for the discovery of latent structural defects which imperil the safety or stability of such buildings, for a period of ten years after their completion and handover. (Read more..)

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Hiring a consultant? Check these points

By DAVID JOHNSTON

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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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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Implied Terms And Variations In Construction Contracts – Issues Arising From Recent Case Law

By Becky Johnson

Implied terms in construction contracts (or lack of) and instructions to vary works can cause problems for developers carrying out construction works. These issues were considered in two recent cases: Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Limited v Higgins Construction Plc and MT Højgaard A/S v E.On Climate and Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Ltd.1

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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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