As countries in the Middle East continue to enhance and develop infrastructure, their maritime presence is gaining traction. Furthering development notably sees an increased requirement for support services. Amongst these services is a maritime arbitration Centre within the Middle East that now provides parties with alternative access to dispute resolution.
Established in 2016, in accordance with an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, as an independent, non-governmental, non-profit institution, the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) fills the geographical gap for specialised maritime arbitration between East and West. With a membership base of 230 individuals including, 48 arbitrators, 23 mediators and 24 experts, EMAC is managed by the maritime industry, as represented by its 14 member board of trustees, and competent secretariat.
Impartial and transparent, EMAC works with organisations across the region to facilitate resolution of maritime disputes through arbitration and mediation. As the first and only maritime arbitration Centre established in the MENA region, EMAC aims to position itself as a Centre of excellence for maritime dispute resolution, adhering to best practices in-line with international standards.
EMAC actively promotes arbitration and mediation with rules that provide for efficiency through light touch case management, access to the latest studies on alternative dispute resolution as well as education for professional development in arbitration.
EMAC’s arbitration rules adopt the latest UNCITRAL rules with the addition of emergency arbitration and fast track arbitration for smaller valued disputes. For the team at the Centre, the priority remains to deliver a trusted global standard in maritime arbitration and mediation.
With a growing membership portfolio, EMAC connects the maritime industry with an experienced panel of arbitrators, mediators and experts who specialise in a wide range of maritime related fields across international borders.