A key feature of Dubai’s strategy to attract foreign investors has been to set up special trade zones. These special zones have their own rules and laws. The Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) is the most recent example.The DIFC has its own courts and judicial system. In 2004, the DIFC the DIFC Arbitration Law (DIFCAL). The new DIFCAL adopts (and adds to) the United National Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (1985). This commentary is intended to explain the operation of the ‘Model Law Plus’ provisions of DIFCAL.