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Legal Rules Commonly Applied to Contract Breaches in Construction Arbitrations in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates

Ahmed Fathi Waly

ABSTRACT

Claims brought in construction disputes tend to relate to the recurrent issues of payment, interest, delay, defects, liquidated damages, and rescission of contract.When working in the Middle East, engineers acting as arbitrators and lawyers from the common law system need to be aware of the mandatory rules of the law applicable to the contract.This paper aims to shed light on the legal rules commonly applied to contract breaches in construction arbitrations in the Middle East. Specifically, the paper focuses on the relevant provisions of the laws of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and explains the main variations between them.