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We offer the benefit of longstanding experience in the real estate and construction market. In an increasingly active property market, we can advise you on complex cross-border property portfolio sales and acquisitions across the region and we can provide industry-specific advice such as leasing agenda, construction and development projects and construction litigation. Whether you are in the logistics, retail, office, residential, hotels, infrastructure or renewable energy sectors, we have the specialists to help.

We work for governments and other public bodies, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professionals, banks and financial institutions on a wide variety of different projects. This means we understand the issues from all perspectives and can identify solutions quickly.

Through decades of experience of doing deals across the world, our multi-jurisdictional teams adhere to the same templates, processes and standards, including project management. This means we can deploy specialist teams to advise you immediately, irrespective of where the real estate assets are. If you are launching or operating a real estate fund or setting up a real estate related joint venture, our funds and corporate experts can give you country-specific support. Our construction team works for governments and other public bodies, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professionals, banks and financial institutions on a wide variety of different projects. This means we understand the issues from all perspectives and can identify solutions quickly. We can also introduce specialists from related areas such as construction insurance, environmental law, planning, public procurement, health and safety, PFI/PPP and secondary markets.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion in UAE
Al Fahim on prop­erty ac­quis­i­tions, dis­pos­als and man­age­ment ar­range­ments for a pro­posed equity des­tin­a­tion club.An Abu Dh­abi-based in­vest­ment house on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of a tour­ism real es­tate pro­ject...

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01 June 2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
28 April 2021
Chal­len­ging bond calls on in­ter­na­tion­al pro­jects: Eng­lish courts vs Emer­gency...
A re­cent de­cision of the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court has re­fused an ap­plic­a­tion for an in­junc­tion re­quir­ing a be­ne­fi­ciary un­der an on-de­mand bond to with­draw its de­mand and re­frain from mak­ing fur­ther de­mands...
09 March 2021
Ser­vice Charges: a tug of war between man­age­ment com­pan­ies and prop­erty...
In­tro­duc­tion Dubai Law No. 6 of 2019 with re­spect to Own­er­ship of Jointly Owned Prop­er­ties in the Emir­ate of Dubai (the “Law”) was in­tro­duced in Septem­ber 2019,which re­pealed in full Law No. 27 of...
21 January 2021
CMS ad­vises Al­dar Prop­er­ties on sale of Abu Dh­abi Golf Com­plex
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Al­dar Prop­er­ties PJSC on the sale of The West­in Abu Dh­abi Golf Re­sort and Spa, in­clud­ing the West­in Hotel and the Abu Dh­abi Golf Club, to a private in­vestor for...
14 January 2021
The rise of the glob­al ex­pert ser­vices prac­tice: Court of Ap­peal guid­ance...
A Court of Ap­peal de­cision earli­er this week has up­held an in­junc­tion gran­ted by the TCC pre­vent­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert ser­vices firm from act­ing for more than one party to an in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion...
27 August 2020
Tail­ings Man­age­ment and New Stand­ards of Reg­u­la­tion
Tail­ings dam fail­ures have put the min­ing in­dustry in the head­lines for the wrong reas­ons in re­cent years. Dam fail­ures can have dis­astrous con­sequences in terms of loss of life and en­vir­on­ment­al dam­age...
24 August 2020
Law and reg­u­la­tion of con­cur­rent delay in the UAE
1. Is con­cur­rent delay a well de­veloped and un­der­stood concept? While con­cur­rent delay is a re­l­at­ively un­der­developed concept in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates (“UAE”), em­ploy­ers and con­tract­ors are be­com­ing...
07 August 2020
Treaty claims for can­celled or mod­i­fied in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in the...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has denied an in­vestor’s claim con­cern­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an air­port pro­ject in Latvia. The in­vestor was un­able to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of its pro­ject due to nu­mer­ous...
07 July 2020
Build­ing law and reg­u­la­tion in the UAE dur­ing Cov­id-19
1. Is there con­struc­tion-rel­ev­ant COV­ID-19 reg­u­la­tion? The UAE gov­ern­ment has not en­acted any con­struc­tion only COV­ID-19 laws or reg­u­la­tions at the present time. The Dubai Su­preme Com­mit­tee of Crisis...
17 June 2020
Law and reg­u­la­tion of rent­al agree­ments in the UAE dur­ing Cov­id-19
Up­dated on 31.03.2020 1. Is a less­ee eli­gible for rent re­duc­tion due to a sig­ni­fic­ant de­cline in foot­fall and con­sequently its turnover as a res­ult of COV­ID-19? If the rent, or at least part of it...
05 June 2020
Ad­vance pay­ment bonds: “step­ping down” pro­vi­sions and more guid­ance on...
Last month we re­por­ted on a TCC de­cision which con­sidered the re­quire­ments for mak­ing and re­ject­ing a de­mand un­der an ad­vance pay­ment bond sub­ject to the URDG. Very sim­il­ar is­sues have now been con­sidered...
03 June 2020
Land­mark Court de­cision re­lat­ing to UAE Fed­er­al Tax Au­thor­ity pen­al­ties
Since the in­tro­duc­tion of VAT in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates on 1 Janu­ary 2018, there have been some dif­fer­ing opin­ions with in­ter­pret­a­tion and ap­plic­a­tion of the ap­plic­able VAT laws and reg­u­la­tions. This...