Disputes over the valuation cost and time impact of variations remain a major feature of the UAE construction industry. Developers are procuring major commercial projects on a fast-track basis, with construction contracts being let long before finalization of the drawings and specifications.
For all its innovation and spectacular achievements, the construction industry in the United Arab Emirates has been slow to move on from its close relationship with the International Federation of Consulting Engineers Red Book. However, the Red Book, when read in the context of the applicable provisions of the Civil Code, might not have the meaning or the effect suggested by the actual words used.
The infrastructure and construction boom taking place in the United Arab Emirates is attracting lawyers to the region in droves. However, although the codified law of the United Arab Emirates is based on civil law, the overwhelming majority of new arrivals have been trained in common law jurisdictions and have scant knowledge or previous experience of civil law.