Dubai

Office 901 & 904 Tower 2 Al Fattan Currency House DIFC Dubai P.O. Box 507104 View office Tel: +971 (0)4 397 8565

My Expertise

I have a great deal of experience of resolving construction disputes across the MENA region and am frequently called upon to advise clients, other law firms and QCs on the interpretation of local laws.

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I have previously acted as a State Counsel for the Egyptian Government in respect of high-value construction and investor-state disputes and have represented Egypt in a number of international arbitral proceedings before major international arbitration institutions. I also worked in London and Kuwait before I moved to Dubai. I am fluent in both English and Arabic.

In addition to my day to day responsibilities as a practicing lawyer, I am a visiting law lecturer to universities in Europe and the Middle East and sit as an arbitrator.  I am also regularly called upon to speak at construction or arbitration events both locally and internationally.

Examples of recent work include: 

  • Acting for a developer in a AED 500 million arbitration relating to quality and delays claims (ICC arbitration rules).
  • Acting for a contractor in an arbitration relating to claims associated with wrongful deduction of liquidated damages and prolongation costs (ICC arbitration rules).
  • Acting as co-counsel for a contractor in an AED 300 million arbitration relating to an infrastructure project in Dubai (DIAC arbitration rules).
  • Advising a developer on the construction of a power plant in Abu Dhabi including advising on compliance with Abu Dhabi building laws and the limitation of liability under UAE law. 
  • Acting for a contractor in a KD 4 million arbitration in respect of the construction of a major road in Kuwait (Ad hoc arbitration).
  • Acting as co-counsel for a contractor in a AED 250 million arbitration relating to early termination of contract for the construction of a residential development in Dubai (DIAC arbitration rules).
  • Advising a contractor on the negotiation of contract for the construction of a power plant in Saudi Arabia.
  • Acting for developers and contractors in relation to numerous attachment court proceedings.