Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre hosts London reception
Dubai, 14 February 2017, WAM - The Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, EMAC, is continuing to make its mark throughout the region by hosting various maritime related events and workshops. The centre’s ambitious 2017 schedule recently saw members of the EMAC Board of Trustees visit London to promote the centre’s services and offerings within the maritime arbitration and mediation sector.
In hosting its first international gathering in London on January 30, 2017, the centre attracted over 80 of the city’s most prominent lawyers, traders and maritime professionals to the event, held at The Grange City Hotel.
As the EMAC guest of honour at the reception, Sulaiman Hamed Al Mazrouei, UAE Ambassador to the United Kingdom, echoed support for the centre, saying, "As the UAE Ambassador to the United Kingdom, I feel very honoured and privileged to attend the launch of the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre in the UK. This is yet another important project to be added to so many pioneering initiatives by the United Arab Emirates. It positions the Emirates as a world maritime hub and it adds to its world status in the sector."
The reception began with a panel discussion featuring speakers from the EMAC Board of Trustees and senior staff. The panelists at the event were Sir Anthony Colman, EMAC Chairman and former Deputy Chief Justice, DIFC Court, Dubai, Edward Newitt, EMAC Board of Trustees Member and Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP, Richard Briggs, EMAC Board of Trustees Member and Partner, Hadef and Partners, and Maali Khader, EMAC Case Manager, along with Majid Obaid bin Bashir, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of EMAC.
The speakers introduced guests to the purpose of EMAC, its services, and its impact on the regional and international shipping industry. Other topics discussed at the reception included the importance of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution for the maritime sector, the advantages for parties in choosing EMAC for regional and international maritime arbitration matters, EMAC’s Arbitration and Mediation rules, which were especially developed to meet the unique needs of the region, the benefits of EMAC membership, including the centre’s support services and access to leading arbitrators, mediators and maritime experts, and the centre’s role as a platform to develop the maritime sector and exchange industry knowledge.
"The launch of EMAC underlines the importance of arbitration within the changing dynamics of the Middle East’s maritime sector," said Majid Obaid bin Bashir. "We are able to offer regional organisations access to the world’s most eminent arbitration and dispute resolution experts, and support the ambitions of the region’s growing maritime industry by providing an international level of arbitration excellence."
Over the week in the UK, EMAC engaged in multiple meetings with the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, the International Maritime Organisation, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and various chambers to explore collaboration opportunities in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
14 February 2017