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Our Mission

The Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) is a platform for delivering legal excellence in the Middle East and the gateway to a suite of services available to businesses operating in Dubai and beyond.

The divisions of the DRA work in partnership to provide businesses with unparalleled choice about how to resolve their commercial disputes, to develop legal talent and to protect individuals investing or living in Dubai.

Together, the divisions of the DRA are helping to support the Dubai Plan 2021, Expo 2020 & UAE Vision 2021 to make the UAE the Preferred Place to Live, Work & Visit.

Our Goals

The Dispute Resolution Authority administers justice and legal excellence within the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). Established in 2014, it is the third body of the DIFC, alongside the DIFC Authority and the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

The DRA currently incorporates four divisions:

  • DIFC CourtsDubai’s established English-language, commercial common law judicial system

  • DIFC Arbitration Institute

  • DIFC Wills and Probate RegistryThe first Common Law, English language wills and probate service for non-Muslims in the Middle East

  • Academy of LawAn independent entity that provides quality legal education and support to the UAE legal community

The flexible structure of the DRA means new divisions and initiatives can be seamlessly added over time.

Legal Framework: The decree of establishing the DRA

Head of DRA

The Head of the Dispute Resolution Authority is Tun Zaki Bin Azmi.

Chief Justice Tun Zaki Bin Azmi

Chief Justice Tun Zaki Bin Azmi

As of November 2018, Justice Tun Zaki Bin Azmi has been appointed Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Mr. Zaki Azmi retired as the Chief Justice of Malaysia in September 2011 on attainment of his 66th birthday, the retirement of judges of the superior courts in Malaysia. He held this highest judicial office for less than three years. Prior to being appointed to that post, he was the President of the Court of Appeal for less than a year. He was elevated directly as a Federal Judge on 5th September 2007.

Born just after the Second World War in 1945, Zaki schooled in his home country, and read law at Lincoln's Inn and was called as a Barrister in 1969. On returning home he served the Judicial and Legal Service for 15 years before he started legal practice for the following 22 years.

Zaki's greatest achievement was, as the 12th Chief Justice he led the Malaysian Judiciary to overcome the age old backlog of cases problem in the Malaysian Courts. From taking up to 15 years to hear and dispose a case, within three years he managed to clear three quarters of the backlogs while ensuring that 97 to 99 percent of the civil cases newly registered at the High Court and Sessions Court were and are to be heard within less than 9 months. Appeals are also today heard and decided within 6 months, so that superior court cases are finally finalised within 18 months. This is fastest compared to any courts in any common law country. At the magistrate court they are targeted to be heard within 3 months. Hearing time for criminal cases were also substantially reduced. This achievement was well recognised by the World Bank in the report (see World Bank Report on clearance of case backlogs by Malaysia)

He is presently the Chancellor of two private universities in Malaysia and Chairman of the Board of Directors of one public university.

He is also Chairman of Astro Malaysia Bhd, the leading Satelite TV company and SP Setia Bhd, the most successful housing and commercial buildings developer in Malaysia. SP Setia is one of the shareholders of Battersea Park, London.

Zaki was made Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn and conferred Honorary Doctorate of Law by two local universities.

He has been invited to speak at various local and overseas institutions of higher learning including by the distinguished Singapore Law Academy and the Brigham Young University in Utah, USA, University of Sydney, Australia and recently at the House of Lords in London.

Information Security Policy Statement

The Dispute Resolution Authority and all its affiliates are committed to preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of client data and personal information.

Dispute Resolution Authority and all its affiliates employees, vendors, contract workers, shall follow Information Security Management System in all the processes and technology.

  • DRA’s Top Management is committed to secure information of all our interested parties.
  • Information security controls the policies, processes, and measures that are implemented by DRA in order to mitigate risks to an acceptable level, and to maximize opportunities in order to achieve its information security objectives.
  • DRA and all its affiliates shall adopt a systematic approach to risk assessment and risk treatment.
  • DRA is committed to provide information security awareness among team members and evaluate the competency of all its employees.
  • DRA and all its affiliates shall protect personal information held by them in all its form.
  • DRA and all its affiliates shall comply with all regulatory, legal and contractual requirements.
  • DRA and all its affiliates shall provide a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan encompassing the locations within the scope of the ISMS.
  • Information shall be made available to authorised persons as and when required.
  • DRA’s Top Management is committed towards continual improvement in information security in all our processes through regular review of our information security management system.

Contact Us

  • Contact Details

  • DRA

  • Office 301,
    Precinct Building 5,
    The Gate District,
    Dubai International Financial Centre,
    Dubai, UAE

  • Email:
    Phone: 04-427 3322