Foreign investors in Dubai
are interested in obtaining favorable judgments that are valid not only in the country where they have been given, but also in other countries as well. In Dubai, the recognition of foreign judgments
is possible and enforced in the courts of the United Arab Emirates or the Dubai International Financial Center.
The court system in Dubai
is separated from that in the UAE, however the principles for enforcing foreign judgments observe the civil procedure code throughout the emirates.
Enforceable foreign judgments in Dubai
The rules for enforcing foreign judgments in Dubai are set forth in Article 235 of the UAE Civil Procedure Law. According to this law, a foreign order or judgement will be enforced in the UAE, if there is a reciprocity in terms between the UAE and the foreign country for the enforcement of that judgement. A foreign judgement will not be recognized in the UAE, if the UAE courts would have jurisdiction over the initial dispute.
According to law, the UAE courts can have jurisdiction over a legal matter concerning a foreign entity in the UAE even if it does not have a place of residence in the Emirates. The condition, as set forth in the Code, is that the foreigner must have an elected address in the country.
UAE has also signed a number of treaties with other countries that allow for reciprocal enforcement of judgments. Our lawyers in Dubai
can give you complete information about the execution of judgments between Dubai and the GCC countries.
Requirements for enforcement
When enforcing a foreign judgement in the UAE, the applicant must make an application to the Court of First Instance that has jurisdiction in the area. The application must be accompanied by the proof that the judgement is final and cannot be subject to appeal. The applications and judgments are made in the Arabic language and our law firm in Dubai can provide the necessary assistance for dealing with any translations.
Our Dubai attorneys
can help you enforce a decision issued by a foreign court and our law firm in Dubai
can help you with alternative dispute resolution methods, like arbitration