I, Michael Hwang, Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts,
Dubai Law No. 9 of 2004 in respect of the establishment of the DIFC;
Dubai Law No. 12 Of 2004 in respect of the Judicial Authority at the DIFC;
DIFC Law No. 10 of 2004 in respect of the DIFC Courts (“DIFC Court Law”);
DIFC Courts Order No. 2 of 2007 establishing the Small Claims Tribunal (“SCT”);
DIFC Courts Order No. 1 of 2010 – Limits of Jurisdiction;
DIFC Courts Order No. 1 of 2014 – Members of the SCT
Practice Direction No. 2 of 2010 – SCT Judge; and
Part 53 of the Rules of the DIFC Courts
And Whereas —
Dubai Decree No. 26 of 2013 provided for the establishment of the rent disputes settlement center in the Emirate of Dubai. The decree further provided, at article 6, for the center to handle all rental disputes arising between property landlords and tenants in the Emirate of Dubai (including inside free zones) save in respect of rental disputes arising inside free zones that have, inter alia, courts competent to settle rental disputes arising within their boundaries.
For the avoidance of doubt, and to promote awareness about the appropriate forum to submit any rental disputes relating to DIFC, the DIFC Courts confirms its competency to settle such disputes for the purposes of article 6 of Decree No. 26 of 2013.
And I Now hereby order and direct as follows —
Chief Justice Michael Hwang
Dated: 4 May 2014