Why arbitrate in ADGM?

Neutral venue:

A neutral and independent venue which adopts international best-practice standards


Strategically located between the east and west and trade corridors providing a centrepoint for geographical spread locations

World class hearing facilities:

State-of-the-art, fully digitised services

Progressive arbitration framework:

Based on the UNCITRAL Model Law, with innovative enhancements, including the use of technology to increase efficiency and reduce cost


ADGM arbitral awards are enforceable under the New York Convention in more than 150 countries; multi-lateral and bilateral treaties with certain countries; and MOUs with leading international common law jurisdictions

Pro-arbitration judiciary:

ADGM Courts’ Judges are from jurisdictions that have an established track record of strongly supporting the arbitral process, including England & Wales, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand

ICC Case Management Office:

Fully operational from 1 April 2021; no restriction on parties choosing another arbitral institution to administer their arbitration


A regulatory framework that reflects the consensual nature of arbitration and allows parties’ choice in their arbitral rules

Business-oriented infrastructure:

The Centre is located on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, closeby to international hotels, eateries, a mall and lifestyle amenities. For more information please see our panel of arbitrators and our arbitration guidelines


What makes ADGM a “safe seat”?

  • Strong framework
  • Competent legal profession
  • Accessible
  • Diversity and ethics
  • Functional facilities
  • Arbitrator immunity
  • Supportive judiciary
  • Choice of legal representation
  • Training
  • Functional facilities
  • Adherence to international treaties

* Chartered Institute of Arbitrators “London Principles”


‘jurisdiction that has made great progress’ by the gar awards 2020