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On September 29th, 2023, the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) published Federal Law No. 15 of 2023 (“Amendment Law”). This law effectively amended Federal Law No. 6 of 2018 On Arbitration (“Arbitration Law”) in a manner that demonstrated the country’s aim to further improve and modernize its arbitration system. Although the Amendment law consisted of numerous changes to UAE’s arbitration system, the most significant was its permittance of modern electronic technologies. In other words, the UAE now allows arbitration hearings to be conducted through technological platforms such as Zoom. This change reflects the post-COVID-19 pandemic trend of preference of virtual hearings and deterrence from in-person proceedings. Article 28(1) of UAE Arbitration Law now allows parties to agree to conduct arbitration and determine its location either in-person or virtually through modern means of technology or in technical environments. Following this change, arbitral institutions are now required to provide appropriate technological platforms to conduct remote hearings.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution website on November 14, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.