Mohammed R. Al Suwaidi
Managing Partner
Al Suwaidi & Company

Academic Background

  • LLM from University Boston, USA in 1990
  • LLB from UAE University in 1986

Academic Background

  • LLM from University Boston, USA in 1990
  • LLB from UAE University in 1986

License & Membership

  • License to appear before all courts in the UAE since 1986
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Member of Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
  • Member of Steering Committee of ICC- UAE- Commission on Arbitration
  • Associate Member of Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC)
  • Vice Chairman of Executive Committee of Ajman Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center (Ajman Chamber of Commerce)
  • Licensed Arbitrator in the International Islamic Center for Reconciliation and Arbitration
  • An international associate of American Bar Association (ABA) and International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Board Member in the Islamic Lawyers Association
  • Board Member in the Arbitration Council in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Former President of the Organization of Young Arab Lawyers and Vice Chairman of the Jurists Association in UAE.
  • Vice President of Dubai Swiss Business Council


Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • Extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation in all Courts, including criminal court, in the UAE since 1986.
  • Acted as UAE Law Expert in Arbitrations conducted in and outside UAE.
  • Acted as Lawyer for many national and international clients for disputes related to UAE Law.

Corporate Advisory

  • Advising various local and international clients including Government and Semi-Government on various issues involving civil, commercial, corporate, and maritime law.
  • Negotiation and drafting of various types of contracts such as; J.V., MOA, MOU, Articles of Association and FIDIC amendments.


  • Acted as Tribunal Chairman or Co-Arbitrator or Sole Arbitrator in around 60 Arbitrations.
  • Acted as Lawyer for national and international clients in numerous arbitrations.


Employment History

  • Since 1997 : Advocate and Managing Partner of Al-Suwaidi & Company with head office in Dubai and with branches in Abu Dhabi, and Ajman. Al Suwaidi & Company is a full service law firm that has one of the largest and most successful civil and criminal litigation practice in the UAE as recognized by The Legal 500. Al Suwaidi & Company represents national and international clients in all courts of the UAE including the Cassation Court (Supreme Court). Its litigation department of leading advocates are supported by lawyers with different specializations and assisted by excellent paralegal support.
  • 1996–1997 : Legal Advisor, Emirates General Petroleum Corporation ('Emarat'). Emarat is a Federal Government entity in Dubai for marketing and distribution of petroleum products in UAE. Mohammed was responsible for the legal and corporate affairs of the Corporation. He was actively involved in the negotiation and drafting of the Joint Venture Agreement between EMARAT and MOBIL for Dubai Airport, the negotiation and drafting of the Operation Agreement for fueling facility of Dubai Airport, and the negotiation and drafting of agreements related to Emarat’s acquisition of shares in Middle East Lubricants Company LLC. Mohammed has also drafted many construction agreements based on the FIDIC conditions of the contract. He also drafted and reviewed various agreements on gas pipeline, gas transmission, gas purchase, pipeline maintenance agreement, etc.
  • 1990–1996 : Assistant Legal Advisor, Emarat
  • 1986–1987 : Advocate in Saeed Salman & Al Sharif Advocates and Legal Consultants, Dubai


  • Allen & Overy, London
  • Advocate in Saeed Salman & Al Sharif Advocates and Legal Consultants, Dubai.

Arbitration Training

  • Attended Maritime Law Short Course in 2004 at Institute of Maritime Law, School of Law, University of Southampton, UK.
  • Attended Arbitration training programs dated 23 August – 10 September 2004 organized by Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) at The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration, Cairo, Egypt, leading to the Membership of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
  • Attended the workshop dated 11 & 12 May 1999 in Dubai, on Commercial Arbitration organized by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Centre.
  • Attended conference & workshop on Arbitration and ADR on 21 September 1994 in Dubai organized by IIR Holdings Ltd.
  • Attended training program dated 10 – 12 April 1994 organized by Euro Training Limited, UK, on FIDIC conditions of Contract at Dubai Calton Tower Hotel.
  • Attended 5 day intensive training dated 24 to 28 April 1993 course on Claims Avoidance by Understanding Claims Management held in Dubai organized by Project Management & Controls Co.


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