Middle East Construction Disputes

Arcadis’ recent Global Construction Disputes report says that disputes in the Middle East rose to their highest value since 2011 and that the Middle East remains the only region with increasing dispute values compared to the previous year.

The length of time taken to resolve disputes in the Middle East rose to 15.2 months in the Middle East last year, although that was slightly shorter than the global average.

The report said that failure to properly administer the contract holds on to its top position regionally from last year as the main cause of construction disputes, followed by poorly drafted or incomplete and unsubstantiated claims.

Poorly drafted or incomplete and unsubstantiated claims have also been ranked as a top cause of disputes in Arcadis’ previous reports on this matter. I would also suggest that poorly drafted or incomplete and unsubstantiated responses and determinations should also rank fairly high on the list.

The message continues to be quite straightforward – if contractors wish for their claims to be resolved without dispute, then they need to invest in the time and the resources to prepare a professional claim that includes all the essential elements, information and substantiation. It really is not worth trying to cut corners on such matters.

This blog was authored by ICCP Executive Officer, Andy Hewitt.

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