CIArb Features

An overview of the dispute resolution landscape in the MENA region

14 Feb 2024

As we approach Riyadh International Disputes Week (3-7 March 2024), we look back at members’ perspectives on the private dispute resolution landscape in Algeria, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

The state of play of arbitration in the MENA region

Professor Dr Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab C.Arb FCIArb provides an overview of arbitration in MENA. He highlights legislative developments, explores recent judicial rulings and trends, and looks at the arbitration seats in the Arab world.


Dr Amel Makhlouf MCIArb sets out the legislative context to alternative dispute resolution in Algeria.



Lebanon's legal landscape has undergone significant challenges in the past two years, primarily stemming from a prolonged political deadlock and a severe financial crisis. Read perspectives on Lebanon's private dispute resolution landscape from Dr Zeina Obeid FCIArb and Ziad Obeid FCIArb.


Dr Shebab Farouk FCIArb provides an update and summary of the private dispute resolution landscape in the Sultanate of Oman.



Claudia El Hage and Maryline Zgheib explore developments in Qatar which aim to provide an enhanced legal infrastructure and a more efficient dispute resolution system.

Saudi Arabia

Sara Aalamri, partner at AlGhazzawi & Partners, and one of the first Saudi women licensed to practise law in Saudi Arabia, provides an update and summary of the dispute resolution landscape in the jurisdiction.

Also of interest:

Dispute resolution trends in Iberia and the UAE: An overview of recent developments

The United Arab Emirates and Iberia (Portugal, Spain and Andorra) are two pivotal regions for distinct reasons. This article looks at relevant changes in the alternative dispute resolution institutions and rules within the two jurisdictions, analysing their similarities and differences to identify prevalent trends. 

Ciarb is a proud supporting entity of Riyadh International Disputes Week, 3-7 March 2024. #RIDW24