Al Aidarous Intl. Legal Practice


Profile of the Company:

Al Aidarous International Legal Practice was established over twenty years ago by Ali Al Aidarous, a UAE national attorney and the firm’s Managing Partner. We are a well-defined corporate and commercial law firm offering legal services from our offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to UAE, GCC and international clients concerning the business laws of the UAE and more generally those of the GCC.

The firm’s lawyers are fluent in Arabic, English, Urdu and French, and represent a blend of highly experienced UAE, regional, and western lawyers with extensive local and international expertise, both in common law and civil law legal systems. Our in-depth regional knowledge and expertise has been developed over many years of practice. With a strong network of relationships with leading law firms throughout the GCC, and a legal practice which represents a blend of both litigation and consultation, the firm is well placed to understand this complex legal environment.

We strive to provide our clients with the quality and responsiveness of major international law firms, while at the same time offering unique insight into local culture, laws and regulations, and prevailing practice in the UAE and neighboring GCC countries. Our philosophy and approach consists of offering cost effective solutions tailored to the client’s specific needs.

Al Aidarous International Legal Practice is licensed to appear before all Federal courts and judicial bodies of the UAE, the courts and judicial bodies of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and the courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC Courts), as well as local of other Emirates. We represent our clients in all forms of litigation and arbitration proceedings. Our consultation practice routinely advises a number of publicly-traded U.S. and European companies, as well as prominent local businesses and families. We are regularly appointed as a local advisor and expert by major international law firms for projects and litigation in the UAE.


Represented by:

Ali Al Aidarous

Academic degrees / Qualifications:

  • License in Law and Islamic Law (Hons.), Al Ain University, 1981
  • Commercial Law Studies, Clermont-Ferrand University, France, 1984

Current professional activity(ies) and position(s):

  • Managing Attorney, Al Aidarous International Legal Practice
  • Secretary General of Law Group, DCCI
  • Advisory Board Member, Arab Forum of IBA
  • Board Member of the ICC-UAE.
  • Member of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”) Financial Markets Tribunal.
  • Member of the Strategies and Financial Committee of the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) at the DIFC.
  • Member of the ICC Arab Arbitration Forum.
  • Member of the College Advisory Board (CAB) of the College of Law, University of Dubai.
  • Coordinator of the Civil Law Focus Group ("CLF") of the Arab Arbitration Forum.
  • Publisher of “Legal Pinch,” quarterly legal newsletter

Professional Experience:

Ali Al Aidarous has represented and advised clients in matters relating to a variety of business fields including international sales/distribution contracts, franchising, banking, Islamic finance, insurance and re-insurance, carriage (air and sea), construction, real estate, intellectual property, joint ventures, corporate establishments (within free zones and UAE generally), financial markets, securities, corporate governance, and international arbitration.

His expertise is not only confined to representing and advising clients before various arbitration panels, but also acting as arbitrator, as he is a qualified listed arbitrator before the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), DIFC-LCIA, ICC Paris, Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC), Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Center (TAHKEEM), and the Arbitration Centre of the AGCC in Bahrain.

Ali Al Aidarous is also licensed to appear before the DIFC Courts, and has represented clients in this jurisdiction, which are modelled on the common law system.

Having worked closely with lawyers trained in the common law system, and being a practitioner before DIFC Courts that follow such system, he has gained considerable experience in assisting common law practitioners/arbitrators to better understand the principles of UAE law, specially relating to case law at the level of both the Federal and Dubai Supreme Courts.

Ali Al Aidarous has vast experience in alternate dispute resolution methods, including arbitration as he was involved with various arbitration training programs, and has over the years participated in many conferences as speaker and panelist.

Ali Al Aidarous has also provided several expert witness statements concerning issues relating to UAE laws before foreign courts, such as New York USA, Queensland, Australia, Oslo, Norway, and before many international arbitration forums.