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We are pleased to announce that for the first time under the new, amended UAE procedural law, a foreign arbitration award has been accepted for recognition and enforcement before Sharjah Court.
As of 16 February 2019, the Cabinet Resolution No. 57 of 2018 concerning the Executive Regulations of Federal Law No. 11 of 1992 on the Civil Procedure Law (the “Cabinet Resolution”) came into force in the UAE. The Cabinet Resolution amended the procedure for enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards. The biggest departure from the old procedural law is that enforcement has now become more streamlined and cost efficient, specifically, the recognition and enforcement proceedings are now filed directly with the applicable Execution Court and are not subject to a full length trial as before. The merits of the foreign judgement or award will still not be assessed and the Execution judge will review the judgment or award in accordance with the criteria listed in Article 85(2) of the Cabinet Resolution, which is copied out below for guidance:
Importantly, the Cabinet Resolution expressly provides in Article 88 that international treaties and conventions ratified by the UAE will not be prejudiced by the Cabinet Resolution. Accordingly, the substantive exceptions to enforcement set forth in the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards of 1958 (“New York Convention”), which has been ratified by the UAE, are applied in respect of enforcement of foreign arbitration awards in the UAE alongside the procedural requirements set forth in Article 85(2) of the Cabinet Resolution.
In March 2019, Sharjah Court recognised the foreign arbitration award as being capable of enforcement under the Cabinet Resolution and we are now proceeding to execute the foreign award against the judgment debtor.