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We have had a strong presence in the United Arab Emirates since 1978 and have offices in both of the country's major business centres – Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The United Arab Emirates is a significant part of our network. Our lawyers offer international expertise gained on high-profile, multi-jurisdictional transactions with deep local roots, the result of many years’ experience in the local Middle East markets where they operate. They advise on some of the most innovative and complex transactions in the region, many of which are market firsts. Over the years we have also built strong relationships with local law firms, key government agencies and regulatory bodies. Thanks to this combination we are now recognised as the preferred legal adviser to some of the most successful organisations operating in the United Arab Emirates, including those expanding overseas and international clients investing in the region.

Whether we are handling corporate, banking, project finance, capital markets, funds and real estate transactions or dispute resolution matters, we use the best of our technical and international expertise and local knowledge to find practical ways to help our clients achieve their business objectives.

Our first Middle East office opened in Dubai in 1978 and it has grown into a major force in the region. Our team of resident partners and associate lawyers, including Arabic speakers, have experience in working on some of the largest, most complex and unique transactions in the region for a variety of high-profile clients. In terms of track record, breadth of resources and consistent quality across the range of disciplines, there are few firms in Dubai capable of matching this overall service.

Our Abu Dhabi office opened in 2007 and today has a highly experienced team including a number of leading Abu Dhabi practitioners who brought with them extensive expertise and understanding of local practices, clients and transactions. We advise numerous local government entities on a wide variety of matters, including drafting.

Recognition for our work

  • "Allen & Overy is, without a doubt, one of the leading firms in the UAE. They have such a big team, so much strength in depth, they turn things around rapidly and maintain high quality."  IFLR1000 2014 (UAE)
  • "Incredible turnaround and proactivity. They are right up to date on everything." Chambers Global 2014 (UAE)
  • "They have the volume and presence in the market." Chambers Global 2014 (UAE)
  • "We were very happy - they have a very good, attentive team and lots of experience regionally and in the industry." Chambers Global 2014 (UAE)
  • "They have a good international presence and understanding of international and local nuances." IFLR1000 UAE 2014 (UAE)

Find out more about Allen & Overy's global expertise. 

Our offices

Dubai office

Local time : 18:03 PM

Allen & Overy LLP
11th Floor, Burj Daman Building
Al Sa’ada Street
Dubai International Financial Centre
PO Box 506678
United Arab Emirates
Telephone Number+971 04 4267100
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Directions :

By car

Access to Burj Daman Building is along Al Sa’ada Street. Visitor parking is located at the main entrance to the building.

Visitor parking charges are as follows:

Weekdays (Saturday to Thursday)

07.00 to 19.00: First hour free; AED 20 every additional hour.

19.00 to 07.00: First two hours free; AED 10 every additional hour.

Free parking

19.00 on Thursday through to 07.00 on Saturday.

By taxi

Taxi/driver drop-off is located at the main entrance to the building.

By metro

The nearest metro station to the office is Emirates Towers Station on the Red Line. The station is an approximate 15-20 minute walk to the office through the DIFC.

Abu Dhabi office

Local time : 18:03 PM

Allen & Overy LLP
5th Floor
Al Mamoura Building B
Muroor Road
Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 7907
United Arab Emirates
Telephone Number+971 2 418 0400
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Directions :

By Taxi:Our office is located at the intersection of the 4th Street (Muroor Road) and 15th Street (Mohammed Bin Khalifa Street), behind the National Bank of Abu Dhabi building. The nearest shopping mall is Al Wahda Mall.



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