The total number of arbitration cases filed before CRCICA until 15 July 2012 reached 840 cases. In the first half of 2012, 48 new arbitration cases were filed, scoring as such 60% annual increase compared to the first half of 2011 (30 cases).
In the first half of 2012, CRCICA's caseload involved disputes relating mainly to media and entertainment, construction, sports-related, industrial, commercial and urban development, information technology, petroleum services, real estate, services, gas supply, lease agreements, sale and purchase of shares, agency agreements, escrow agencies, hotel management and subcontracting agreements. It is worth noting that 2012 witnessed the filing of an inter-Arab investment arbitration based on a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) concluded between two north African Arab states, referring investment disputes between the investors of the contracting states and the host state to arbitration under CRCICA's auspices. Sports-related disputes and those arising out of information technology and real estate are witnessing a remarkable increase. Also, three cases relating to the industrial, commercial and urban development in three Egyptian governorates (Luxor, Damanhur and Suez) are of particular importance. A maritime case arising out of a charter-party was also brought before the Centre. Another dispute relating to a franchise agreement was also filed.
The following pie shows a breakdown of the types of disputed contracts during the first half of 2012: