Saudi Arabia

The Legal Framework for Arbitration

General Information

  • UNCITRAL Model-Law based: Yes.

  • Legal Provisions: Royal Decree No. M/34 came into force on 9 July 2012.

Arbitral Institutions

  • Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA)

Multilateral Conventions

  • New York Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 19 April 1994); reservations: On the Basis of reciprocity, the Kingdom [of Saudi Arabia] declares that it shall restrict the application of the Convention to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards made in the territory of a Contracting State.

  • European Convention: No.

  • ICSID Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 8 May 1980).

  • Energy Charter Treaty: No.


Last updated February 2019