A dispute arose over hotel allotment contracts. The award was rendered and exequatured.
Thalasso, travel agency, lodged an appeal against two orders of exequatur invoking five different heads. Among others, Thalasso invokes lack of revelation and an alleged breach of equality between the parties.
The Court held that well-known facts (such as participation of the arbitrator in conferences with one of the parties or his/her alleged influence in the field of arbitration in the Middle East) were not likely to affect the independence and the impartiality of the arbitrator. In any event, the party should have challenged the arbitrator pursuant to the ICC Rules. The Court therefore dismissed the appeal against the exequatur orders.