United Arab Emirates

The UAE is one of the world’s fastest growing and diversifying economies. Prospects for the region remain upbeat with businesses adjusting to the ‘new normal’ oil price, impact of relaxation of Iranian sanctions starting to come through, and growth in sectors outside energy, in particular Fintech and Insuretech, e-currency, e-commerce and disruptive technologies, while other traditional key sectors of healthcare, hospitality and education remain strong.

If you’re looking for new markets, investment opportunities, implementation of new strategies or have a dispute to resolve, we have specialist teams of over 125 lawyers on the ground to help across some of the region’s most exciting economies. Our local knowledge and business savvy approach means we give you both commercial and legal insight to make the most of the opportunities in the region. Our sector focus gives us a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ businesses and markets and allows us to constantly deliver sound and commercially relevant advice from any of our offices We focus on relationships, not deals, and we are considered more approachable and accessible than many of our competitors. Our clients tell us that they like working with us and that we’re often seen as the human face of the law.

The merger of CMS, Nabarro and Olswang has brought together legacy CMS and Nabarro offices in Dubai, and provides a platform to export our expertise across the region. Our MENA team provides legal services to a broad mix of global groups, regional governments, family office conglomerates and local financial investors and businesses. In the last twelve months our Dubai office has advised on transactions worth over USD 1.5bn and regularly advises on high value and complex disputes of strategic importance to our clients throughout the MENA region and beyond.

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By Dubai Metro

Trains run roughly every 10 minutes from Terminals 1 and 3. Services start 5.50am (5.30am on Thursday), and stop at midnight (1am on Thursday/Friday). Please note there is no service on Friday mornings and only starts at 1pm. Metros on the red line depart every 4 minutes towards Emirates Towers station, in the direction of UAE Exchange. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes and costs AED 10. The office is a 10 minute walk from the station.

By aeroplane

Dubai International Airport is located 10 miles away from the office. Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport is located 35 miles away from the office. The journey time from Dubai International is approximately 20 minutes and costs around AED 50. The journey time from Al Maktoum International is approximately 45 minutes and costs around AED 120. Taxis are metered and will only accept cash.

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Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
Happiness Street
PO Box 506873
United Arab Emirates
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Amir Kordvani
6 September 2018
Middle East Pro­jects Up­date: Sum­mer 2018
Im­pact on UAE so­cial me­dia in­flu­en­cers fol­low­ing im­ple­ment­a­tion of...
In­tro­duc­tion In March 2018, the UAE Na­tion­al Me­dia Coun­cil (the “NMC”) is­sued a new set of reg­u­la­tions for elec­tron­ic me­dia that gov­ern all on­line activ­it­ies, in­clud­ing e-com­merce and ad­vert­ising (the “NMC Me­dia Reg­u­la­tions”).
13 June 2018
CMS ex­pands Dubai prac­tice with hire of Con­struc­tion...
Amend­ments to UAE Cy­ber­crimes Law – use­ful re­mind­er of po­ten­tial im­pact...
The is­su­ance of Emiri De­cree No. 2 of 2018 in Au­gust 2018 amends three pro­vi­sions of Fed­er­al De­cree Law No. 5 of 2012 (the “UAE Cy­ber­crimes Law” or “Law”). Whilst the amend­ments are primar­ily fo­cused at in­creas­ing the pen­al­ties in re­la­tion to ter­ror­ist acts,.
10 April 2018
CMS named as Middle East’s ‘En­ergy, Min­ing & Util­it­ies...
VAT in the Tech­no­logy, Me­dia and Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions Sec­tor
Earli­er this sum­mer, Anna Burch­ner (CMS Tax part­ner), Al­ex­an­dra Tuck (CMS Tax seni­or as­so­ci­ate) and Laura Whiteley (As­so­ci­ate) held a num­ber of roundtable dis­cus­sions with cli­ents at our Dubai of­fice on the in­tro­duc­tion of VAT in the Gulf.
6 March 2018
MENA Con­struc­tion
Hotel Struc­tures in the Middle East - All Change
The ho­tels mar­ket in the UAE has his­tor­ic­ally been dom­in­ated by the tra­di­tion­al hotel man­age­ment agree­ment (“HMA”) struc­ture between the hotel own­er and their chosen op­er­at­or. The past few years has seen an in­creas­ing ap­pet­ite for own­ers to move away from that.