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Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre opens new headquarters

Opened under the patronage and presence of the Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah

Under the patronage and presence of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council of the emirate, the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre held a ceremony in Sharjah Expo Centre, opening its new headquarters and launching its new corporate identity.

The ceremony was attended by Sheikh Salem bin Abdul Rahman bin Salem Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Ruler’s Office; HE Abdullah bin Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI); Eng Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Economic Affairs; HE Abdullah Deaifis, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre; and members of the Executive Committee, officials of government departments and managers of large companies, as well as VIP guests of customers and businessmen in the UAE.

The ceremony began with the national anthem and recitation of verses from the Glorious Quran. A short film was then displayed to review the role and services of Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre, and its most prominent historical milestones and achievements.

“We see today a new phase of the role of the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre in strengthening the business sector environment, in implementation of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to make Sharjah the model destination attracting viable and successful investments,” said HE Abdullah bin Sultan Al Owais in the welcoming speech.

Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre has been keen since its inception under the Amiri decree in March, 2009 to fulfill its powers, provide services and achieve many of his milestones in light of the Chamber’s support of the business and investment sector. In line with the new Chamber’s directive pertaining to its future work, it was decided that work be done on the development and modernisation of the centre under a clear vision that enables it to achieve its objectives.

During the ceremony, the new corporate identity was reviewed through a short film about the design of the new logo for the centre and its inspiration, along with the launch of the new website and its major services.

HE Abdullah bin Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI); HE Abdullah Deaifis, Chairman of the Executive Committee in Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre; and Mr Ahmed Al Ajalah, Centre Director, presented the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre’s shield to His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council, in recognition of his support for the centre’s programmes and activities during the ceremony, as well as to His Excellency Eng Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Economic Affairs and HE Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Information in Sharjah.

After the ceremony, His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council, accompanied by senior invitees, the chairman and members of the Executive Committee of Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre, opened the centre’s new headquarters and reviewed all the facilities and modern services in accordance with the highest global standards based on strict confidentiality, transparency, impartiality, separation speed, flexibility and high professionalism.

“We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council for honouring us today to open the new headquarters and launch the new corporate identity, in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Myhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to strengthen the independence and effectiveness of the centre’s work,” said HE Abdullah Deaifis, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre.

“The opening of the new headquarters and the launch of the new corporate identity secured a safe and stable investment environment, and provided all the requirements that will support our efforts to disseminate arbitration culture in the community, and consolidate the status of the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre as the first destination to settle trade disputes and prepare a generation of specialists in the field of commercial arbitration in the state,” added Deaifis.

“Coinciding with the launch of the new identity, the centre shall organise a training course on the sidelines of the two-day ceremony, as well as a number of programmes, activities and events in line with the Centre’s vision to prepare a new generation of arbitrators. The centre will also work via its headquarters in the Sharjah Expo Centre to provide the best and latest facilities needed to provide arbitration services of high quality that befit the leadership status of the Emirate of Sharjah. Additionally, it will prepare an integrated and comprehensive system for commercial arbitration which strengthens the stability of an economic and investment environment in the Emirate of Sharjah,” he concluded.

It is worth mentioning that the Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre was established in accordance with Amiri Decree No. (6) for the year 2009 issued by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, in order to provide solution services and settle trade disputes for chamber members and other individuals, institutions, and investment and commercial companies, to contribute to economic stability and investment.