10th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration

16-17 May 2022

Dubai English & Arabic with simultaneous interpretation CLE/MCLE/CLPD/CNB credits/hours available

ICC’s annual MENA conference is taking place in person on 16-17 May 2022!

An ICC Institute Advanced Level Training on Dispute Boards will take place on 16 May 2022. More information will follow shortly.

Who should attend?

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators
  • Corporate counsel
  • Academic
  • Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in the Middle East
16 May: Training
17 May: Conference

*All times are Gulf Standard Time

A Dispute Board (DB) is a method commonly used in complex engineering and construction projects. It involves an independent committee established by the parties to the construction contract and are, usually, in place from the commencement of the project.

Our one-day DB training is an intensive program designed to equip participants with the skills and expertise they need to enhance dispute avoidance and become familiar with the Dispute Adjudication Board (DAB) process, so that they can confidently act as a dispute board member and advise or represent their clients establishing the DB and manage ongoing operations for maximum effectiveness.

The training will start with an introductory overview of the origins of the DB process. It will include interactive exercises and business case for their use on projects centered around construction issues.

The training will also address topics such as decision writing and challenges of organizing virtual site visits and hearings.

08.30 – 09.00

Welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.15

Introduction: Learning objectives

09.15 – 09.35

General presentation on Dispute Boards and Q&A

-Present the key steps for third party dispute resolution

-Dispute Resolution policies and procedures before the appointment of a DB. Dispute Resolution strategies, assessment of past experiences with ADR, incorporation of DB provisions, type of DB (recommendation/ resolution; ad-hoc/permanent)

-Presenting key aspects of ICC DB Rules and the role of the ICC ADR Centre: appointing DB members, deciding on challenges of DB members, fixing the DB members’ fees, acting as depositary of the funds, and reviewing the decisions of DAB and CDB

-DAB agreement and DAB activities: Data availability, transfer and security, virtual site visits, platform (for data transfer)

09.35 – 09.45


09.45 – 10.05

Dispute Avoidance

-From disagreement to dispute

-How to prevent disputes

-Practical examples

10.05 – 10.15


10.15 – 10.30

Presentation of the Mock Case on Dispute Avoidance

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00

Working Groups on Dispute Avoidance

12.00 – 12.45

Plenary session: debate and simulation

12.45 – 14.15


14.15 – 14.35

Formal Dispute Boards procedure in case of disputes

-Key steps for third party dispute resolution

-Virtual hearings, platform (for data transfer as well as for the hearings)

-Differences in cases of ad-hoc/permanent DB (f.i. claims prepared by project members vs. claims prepared by lawyers and Experts)

-Witness of fact (written statements?)

-Evidence of damages incurred

-Post hearings statements

14.35 – 14.45


14.45 – 15.05

Presentation of the Mock Case on Dispute Boards procedure

15.05 – 15.35

Coffee break

15.35 – 16.35

Working Groups on Dispute Boards procedure

16.35 – 17.20

Plenary session: debate and simulation

17.20 – 17.40

Enforcement of Dispute Boards conclusions – Presentation

17.40 – 17.50


17.50 – 18.00

Concluding remarks

The Conference programme will be announced in due course.

We thank our 10th ICC MENA Conference Programme Committee

Hassan Arab

Partner, Regional Head of Dispute Resolution, Chairman, Al Tamini & Company, International Chamber of Commerce - UAE Commission on Arbitration & ADR, United Arab Emirates

Yasemin Çetinel

Founding Partner, Çetinel Law Firm, Turkey

Joseph Chedrawe

Partner — International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration, Vinson & Elkins Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dania Fahs

Director, ICC MENA Representative Office, United Arab Emirates

Samaa Haridi

Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP, United States

Nada Sader

Partner, Derains & Gharavi International, Lebanon

The speakers will be announced shortly.

Date and venue

Date of the training: 16 May 2022

Date of the conference: 16-17 May 2022

Venue: Park Hyatt Hotel, Dubai Creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Registration fee

10th ICC MENA Conference

Early bird until 31 March 2022: €489

Non-members of ICC: €712


Early-bird until 31 March 2022: €515

Non-members of ICC: €749

Package: Training and Conference: 20% discount

Early-bird until 31 March 2022: €836

Non-members of ICC: €1217

*5% VAT will be applied

ICC members receive a 20% reduction on all above rates when using the NC discount codes.

Special discounts

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.
In-house Counsel,  and Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount. Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org for more details.
ICC Members: To benefit from the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. ICC UAE has however secured a room block at the Park Hyatt Hotel with preferential rates. A link will be sent upon registration allowing participants to make their reservations directly.

ICC Sanitary Protocol for Events

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Participants at ICC events accept the risk of change of health and safety obligations and its impact on measures implemented by organisers which may include: social distancing, use of tracing devices, wearing masks, temperature measurement, use of hydro-alcoholic gel, limiting number of participants and restricting their physical gathering, holding the meeting virtually, limiting catering services.

By registering to an ICC event, you undertake to be able to show official proof of either:

  • full vaccination recognised by local authorities or alternatively with at least 10 days since the date of the last vaccination;
  • a negative COVID-19 test recognised by local authorities or alternatively PCR or lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of the event commencing; or
  • the presence of COVID-19 antibodies (recovery from COVID-19 for at least 15 days and within the last 180 days).

Such proof will be requested by the organisers from all participants prior to or upon arrival at the event, as appropriate.

If you are not in a position to give evidence as requested by the organisers despite your commitment to do so, the organisers reserve the right to deny you entry to the event.

Working language

English & Arabic with simultaneous interpretation

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 15 April 2022. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.

Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant.

Subject to agreement from ICC Global Events prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required.

Please note that ICC reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

Credits and hours

Ahead of this event, applications have been sent for:

CLE credit under New York’s approved jurisdiction procedures.

CLPD points from the State Bar of Dubai.

CNB approval from the French Bar.

Further, ICC Global Events is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

Please note that ICC Global Events cannot guarantee that these applications will be accepted. Applications are often approved or rejected at very short notice before the event.

If you have any questions please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org.

Disclaimer The photos and audiovisual recordings taken at this meeting/event may be used and published by ICC, its subsidiaries or affiliates, for information or promotional purposes in printed materials or online including on ICC websites and social media. Participation in the meeting/event implies agreement to such use of photos or audiovisual recordings in which the participant may appear unless ICC receives written notification to the contrary.

Sponsoring this event is an excellent opportunity for your firm to connect with the ICC network and to raise brand awareness in the MENA region.

Tailor-made packages are available to suit your firm’s needs. For more information contact sponsorship@iccwbo.org.



€20,000 HT


€15,000 HT 


€10,000 HT 


€7,000 HT 


€4,000 HT

Exclusive evening reception Sponsor OR exclusive event App Sponsor
(as available) 
x   . .
Opportunity to host a social event*  x   .
Invitation to participate as guest contributor on the ICC blog on a topic related to the event**  x   .
Testimonial quote on the event page**  x x  
Private meeting room reserved for 1 hour (as available) x x . . .
Sponsor a lunch
(as available) 
x  x   .  .
Participants list available in priority x x   .
Company video to be played during session breaks** x x x . .
Opportunity to provide lanyards OR notebooks & pens OR delegate bags OR mobile charging stations* 
(as available) 
x  x  x 
Sponsor a coffee break 
(as available) 
x  x  x 
Exhibition space + exhibitor pass
(Table maybe shared depending on availability) 
x  x  x  x 
Profile included on the ICC DRS app  x  x  x  x 
Include a branded item in the participant bags*  x  x  x  x 
Complimentary registration   10  6  4  2  1 
Special reduced registrations (20% reduction)  Unlimited   6  4  2  1 
Sponsor recognition on ICC arbitration social media channels  x  x  x  x  x 
Pre-event introduction to participants  x  x  x  x  x 
Use of the official event Sponsor logo  x  x  x  x  x 
30% discount on ICC e-publications  x  x  x  x  x 
Signage at venue + logo on all digital & onsite promotional materials  x  x  x  x  x 
  • *Sponsor to bear all associated costs 
  • **All content to be approved by ICC
  • Our sponsorship packages do not include speaking opportunities. Please let us know should you wish to submit a speaker candidate. 

For further information about the event, please contact:

Organising team

Sponsorship team



We thank our Sponsors