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Reform of the Saudi Arbitration Law

Reform of the Saudi Arbitration Law

On 16 April 2012, the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ("Saudi Arabia") approved the text of a new arbitration law (the "2012 Law") intended to supersede the existing 1983 law (the "1983 Law"). The 2012 Law was published in the Official Gazette (Um al Qura) on 8 June 2012 and came into force 30 days thereafter, on 8 July 2012. The reforms it introduces are expected to overhaul the arbitration regime in Saudi Arabia, in the broader context of the long-awaited reform of arbitration laws in other Gulf countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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