Fenwick Elliott has extensive experience advising on major construction, infrastructure and energy projects in the Middle East. We have worked with our clients for many years on projects in the region, including in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, UAE and Yemen.
Serving our Middle East clients locally - Dubai office
Reflecting the importance of the Middle East market for our firm, we opened our first office in the region in 2015, in Dubai, UAE, headed by Nicholas Gould.
This exciting development builds on our many years’ experience advising clients on construction and energy projects in the region and on our close partnership with Dubai-based Ibrahim Law Firm, whose team joined our new branch.
Our expertise in the Middle East
Although many of the large-scale projects we advise on in the Middle East have contractual regimes governed by English law, we also frequently advise on contracts which are governed by the law of the Arab Gulf states or third-country laws.
What sets Fenwick Elliott apart from our competitors, is the unique combination of extensive knowledge of local laws, together with our highly regarded international construction law expertise.
As well as offering project support, contract and documentation, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution services, we are also very well placed to advise on various general commercial or corporate matters in the UAE and MENA region, in both Arabic and English.
Some examples of our work in the Middle East include:
Lusail City, Qatar
A US$1.2 billion project which is the newest planned city in Qatar. Advising a large engineering and construction company on disputes which have arisen on infrastructure works.
Integrated security system for oil and gas installations, Middle East
Advising a leading international technology company acting as EPC contractor for designing, procuring and installing a fully integrated security system for national oil and gas production and processing facilities.
Crude oil gather centre, Kuwait
Advising a leading international oil and gas contractor on legal issues arising during the execution of a US$650 million contract for the construction of a crude oil gathering centre in Kuwait, including issues as to application of currency and commodity price and fluctuation clauses.
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Acting for a Dubai-based contractor in an international arbitration under Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) rules, in a claim relating to part of a major development in Dubai under a bespoke contract.
Dubai World Centre
Advising a contractor on disputes arising out of a specialist works package on the DWC Project in Dubai, including advice on arbitration proceedings, and working in conjunction with local lawyers on local court proceedings.
Expressway project, Qatar
Acting for a contractor in an arbitration under the ICC Rules, relating to the construction of the Doha Expressway.
Power station and desalination plant, Dubai
Acting for an EPC contractor in disputes arising from the construction of an independent power and water plant in Dubai, including ICC arbitration proceedings.
Power station and desalination plant, Saudi Arabia
Acting for an EPC contractor in a claim against a Saudi Arabian company on an IWPP project in South Arabia. We began arbitration proceedings in London under the UK Arbitration Act 1996. The claim was successfully settled at an early stage.
Power station project, Jordan
Acting for a major US consulting engineer in disputes arising from the design of a gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Jordan. Advising, in conjunction with local lawyers, on Jordan court proceedings and advising on arbitration proceedings issued by a state-owned power company.