Most commercial disputes
in the UAE, including Dubai, are solved through litigation
and sometimes through arbitration
. Individuals who deal with commercial litigation
issues will often request the assistance of a law firm in Dubai
that can provide adequate legal counselling and personalized legal representation.
Dubai has an independent judicial system. The Emirate observes the federal law applicable throughout the UAE but it has its own internal administrative system and uses a legal system based on civil law (influenced both by the Egyptian law and the Sharia law).
Court litigation in Dubai
Dubai has a Court of First Instance
, a Court of Appeal
and a Court of Cassation
. The three courts have three operational divisions: civil, criminal and Sharia. Commercial issues
are brought before the civil court, especially those concerning non-Muslims who are doing business in Dubai
or the rest of the UAE and need to solve various contractual or business disputes.
The Labour Court in Dubai
is a special court that hears only those cases involving disputes between employees and employers in Dubai
Because the hearings that take place before a Dubai court are held in Arabic, it is highly advisable to seek proper legal counselling and representation. One of our Dubai attorneys can provide you with information regarding the type of court you should address according to your particular problems and how long you should expect the court judgment to last.
Legal representation in commercial litigation cases
International businesses in Dubai are most often located in one of the free zones
in the Emirate. The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
has its own independent judicial authority and enforces its own laws. Here, legal proceedings are held in English.
Civil proceedings, including commercial disputes, are limited in time. This means that an individual seeking a legal solution to a civil, business or commercial problem has a limited amount of time to bring the case to the attention of a court. Our lawyers in Dubai
can help you bring a case to court within the due time, for example within three years for insurance issues, one year for maritime transportation or as long as 15 years for contractual disputes.
The legal system in Dubai was developed in a manner that suits the Emirate’s position as an international financial and business centre. The legal and regulatory framework encourage foreign investments and investors are presented with numerous opportunities for business and legal support for conducting their activities.