TAHKEEM approves the operational plan for 2016 and its list of Arbitrators
The Executive Committee of the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre, “TAHKEEM, presided by HE Abdullah Deaifis, Chairman of the Committee, held its first meeting of 2016.
During the meeting, which was held in the main headquarters of the Centre at Expo Centre Sharjah, TAHKEEM’s budget of 2016 was discussed and approved.
Within the framework of its strategy that aims to disseminate the commercial arbitration culture in the Sharjah business community, find a new generation of arbitrators and keep up with the latest developments in the field of commercial arbitration in the world, the Committee also approved during its meeting the Centre’s operational plan for 2016.
This also included the training courses and workshops to be organised, as well as the local, regional and international conferences specialised in commercial arbitration to be attended by TAHKEEM.
TAHKEEM’s Operational Plan for this year will be focused on the improvement of the quality of its services in order to obtain the highest degree of customer’ satisfaction, by reducing customers’ waiting time and providing them with advice during their visit to the Centre.
The plan will also include the organisation of periodic training courses for the Centre’s staff, workshops for arbitrators and the business community in Sharjah, and the reinforcement of partnership with all government and private organisations and other arbitration centres across the world. This aims to facilitate arbitration procedures and reduce the time required to settle the final rulings on the various incoming cases, which reinforces the position of the emirate of Sharjah as a business-gravitating environment that enjoys investment stability.
During its meetings, the Executive Committee of the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre discussed the items of the minutes of the previous meeting that was held in late December 2015, as well as the list of international arbitrators in the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre prior to its approval.
The approval of the list of international experts and arbitrators has been in accordance with the standards adopted by the Centre, as part of its commitment to settle the cases it receives according to the highest levels of transparency and impartiality.
The list of arbitrators includes the following: Ibrahim Hassan Almulla, an Emarati Advocate and Legal Adviser specialized in the legal and Sharia domains with numerous local, Arab and international arbitration centres in the fields of insurance, contracting, banks and other economic sectors. He is also a Lecturer at the Academy of Judicial Studies and Specialized Training, and holds a PhD degree in Sharia and Law.
Dr Hamza Al-Haddad, former Jordanian Minister of Justice. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Bristol University, a Master’s degree in Law from Cairo University and PhD in Law from Bristol University. Previously, Dr Al-Haddad was the Secretary General of the Arab Association for International Arbitration (AAIA). He is a member of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration “CRCICA”, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), and a representative of Jordan on the list of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. He is the author of dozens of articles and books on commercial arbitration in both Arabic and English languages.
Dr. Nailah Obaid, who holds a PhD degree in Law from Sorbonne University in Paris. She is an author of many books on law, and is currently Principal of the Institute of Legal Arbitrators, as well as an approved International Commercial Arbitrator. She is also specialized in International Trade Law and an expert on Middle East laws and Islamic Commercial Transaction Laws.
Mr Zayed Said Al-Shamsi, an Emirati Arbitrator who holds a BA in Law and Police Sciences. He is a Legal Lecturer in the Department of Economic Development (DED), Dubai, and a Member of many associations, including the International Licensing Association (ILA) and Emirates Human Rights Association. He is also a Commercial Arbitrator with the Egyptian Chamber of International Commercial Arbitration.
Mr Ali Al-Hashimi, a Commercial Arbitrator who is licensed to appear before all UAE Courts as well as the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) Courts. He holds a Master’s degree in Law from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and has published many articles in local UAE newspapers about subjects related to commercial law.
Mr Elic Emerson, an Independent Arbitrator and Legal Adviser. He is a member of the boards of many government and private entities.
John McGowan, a Senior Legal Adviser and an Economic Arbitrator. He is a board member of many government institutions and authorities, including the American Business Group in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority.
Hassan Arab, an Emirati Arbitrator who holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from Wollongong University in Australia.
Mr Ali Aidarous, an Emirati Arbitrator who is approved internationally and by the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC). He has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and commercial arbitration, and represented the UAE in the International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris. Mr Aidarous holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Islamic Law from the UAE University, Al-Ain, UAE. He has many local and international certificates in commercial arbitration.
Mohammed Al-Suwaidi, holds a Master’s degree in Law from Boston University, USA, and is a Chartered Commercial Arbitrator and Member of numerous local and international organisations and institutions, including his membership in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
On this occasion, HE Abdullah Deaifis, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre, said: “We, at the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre are always keen to provide high-quality services for our clients in order to strengthen the Centre’s position as the top destination for the settlement of trade disputes in Sharjah. During our meeting today, we have discussed and approved the plans that will help to expedite the achievement of our goals. We aim to consolidate the stability of the investment environment in Sharjah and disseminate the culture of commercial arbitration and its importance in providing an attractive business environment for investments and companies.”
He added: “Since the establishment of the Centre, we have always been eager to enlist experienced and efficient people. Therefore, we have also approved during the meeting our list of commercial arbitrators after reviewing their broad expertise and skills to see their compatibility with the requirements and standards of the Centre. In the future, we will review additional applications submitted to the Centre for the selection of arbitrators who meet our requirements, which will help to provide high quality arbitration services in accordance with the highest international standards as soon as possible.”