1. Under the old law, arbitration agreements must be made in writing; under the New Arbitration Law, this will now include electronic communications.
  2. Public entities must obtain authority from the Prime Minister to arbitrate disputes arising from administrative contracts.
  3. The Ministry of Justice will maintain a list of approved people who can act as arbitrators; the New Arbitration Law sets out qualifications that must be satisfied if parties wish to nominate an arbitrator who is not on the Ministry's list.
  4. The Tribunal's decision on its jurisdiction may be challenged during the arbitral proceedings. Within 30 days of the ruling the parties may appeal to the relevant court in Qatar (or the authority set out in the arbitration agreement). Arguably, this right of challenge compromises the Tribunal's autonomy to rule on its own jurisdiction.
  5. Arbitrators have the power to issue interim and precautionary measures.
  6. The relevant court in Qatar can be called upon to assist the Tribunal to obtain evidence.
  7. Awards can be enforced in the Court of First Instance or (if the parties agree) in the QFC Court.
  8. The award must include the Tribunal's reasons (unless the parties agree otherwise). If the parties reach an agreed settlement, the award need not state the reasons.
  9. The award must indicate the costs and who is liable to pay then.
  10. The only challenge to an award is an annulment action, which must be brought within 30 days of service or receipt of the award.