Arbitration in Qatar—an introduction
Produced in partnership with Matthew Walker (Partner) and Leanie van de Merwe (Associate) of K&L Gates Doha, Qatar
Arbitration in Qatar—an introduction

The following Arbitration guidance note Produced in partnership with Matthew Walker (Partner) and Leanie van de Merwe (Associate) of K&L Gates Doha, Qatar provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Arbitration in Qatar—an introduction
  • Arbitration in Qatar—the background
  • Current trends and developments in Qatar
  • State (sovereign) immunity in Qatar

Arbitration in Qatar—the background

Governing legislation and approach to arbitration

Qatari jurisprudence on domestic and international arbitration has in recent years entered a phase of important evolution. Legislators working within the legislative council of the Emiri Diwan have developed a new arbitration law, which is largely based on the 2006 UNCITRAL Model Law. The international legal community was also consulted for their input during the development of the new law. Law No 2 of 2017 Promulgating the Civil and Commercial Arbitration Law (the Arbitration Law) was issued on 16 February 2017 and published in the Official Gazette on 13 March 2017. As provided for in Article 142 of the Constitution of Qatar, it came into force 30 days after its publication, ie on 12 April 2017.

The Arbitration Law applies to all existing and new arbitration proceedings in Qatar. This means that arbitrations commenced before 12 April 2017 will be conducted in accordance with the Arbitration Law. Since Arabic is the official language of the State of Qatar, most of its laws are only officially published in the Arabic language. In this instance, however, the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) was granted the authority to translate the Arabic text of the Arbitration Law into the English language. This translation was officially presented to the public on 12