ADGM – a preferred global seat of arbitration

Why arbitrate in ADGM?


Neutral venue

A neutral and independent venue, with inclusive partnerships.

World class hearing facilities

State-of-the-art hearing technology serving the international dispute resolution community in every way possible.

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.


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

Pro-arbitration judiciary

ADGM Courts’ Judges are from jurisdictions that have an established track record of strongly supporting the arbitral process (England and 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.


Strategically located between east and west, providing a centrepoint for parties all over the world.

Business-oriented infrastructure

The Centre is located on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, closeby to international hotels, eateries, a mall and lifestyle amenities.

What makes ADGM a “safe seat”?*

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

* Chartered Institute of Arbitrators “London Principles”