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Naief Yahia

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Naief Yahia joined Al Tamimi & Company in 2009.  He is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Department. Naief has been working in Dubai since 2006 with two of the local firms before he joined Al Tamimi & Company. He gained experience in various areas of practice (including: construction and commercial, banking, property and corporate related matters).He received his Bachelor of Law degree from Cairo University, English Section. Naief uses his wide knowledge of local laws, commercial and legal acumen and practical experience to the best of his abilities in conducting all commercial and civil litigation cases with the commercial reality and the clients’ interest in mind.

Naief has particular expertise in Construction related contentious matters before the UAE Courts and has been advising/representing clients on large construction disputes in the region including arbitration claims. He is leading the construction litigation team in Dubai office. He has also been involved in a large number of property disputes before Dubai Courts and advised various clients on Dubai Property Laws. He also has particular experience in relation to enforcement proceedings of arbitration awards.

Legal 500 described Naief as “Naief Yahia, whose UAE court work inspires ‘considerable confidence’.”

Naief has also been described by clients in Chambers Global as “Hard-working and extremely skilled, despite his young age.”

He is leading the banking litigation team in Dubai office where he has been heavily involved in the first successful judgments issued by the Dubai Courts in relation to foreclosure cases under both conventional and Islamic finance arrangements.

Naief delivered a number of workshops and seminars to clients in relation to Civil law, arbitration enforcement, and Construction, banking and properties laws related topics. He also published a number of publications in Al Tamimi and Co Law Update magazine as well as the International Bar Association magazine.


English and Arabic


2005 – Bar Association Cairo, Egypt


2004 – English Section LLP, Cairo University

United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: local litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Naief Yahia - Al Tamimi & Company

Within: Dispute resolution: local litigation

Al Tamimi & Company, which 'has a very dedicated team that pulls all extra efforts into reaching the desired objectives and adds value through technical knowledge', handles all manner of commercial litigation from offices in several Emirates. Zafer Oghli, who leads the firm's team in Sharjah, represented Dana Gas in the Sharjah elements of its well-known and high-profile global dispute in which it sought to annul a sukuk, alleging that it was in violation of UAE public policy and Shari'ah principles. In the Dubai office, Naief Yahia acted for Ahli United Bank in foreclosure proceedings, securing the sale of 29 plots of land for a total of AED320m. Senior partner Essam Al Tamimi is also involved in shareholder litigation, among other matters. Regional litigation co-heads Hassan Arab and Hussein Eisa Shiri are other notable names in the Dubai office. Mohamed Al Marzouqi heads the firm's litigation team in Abu Dhabi, and represented Al Dar Properties in a case concerning the collapse of a two-year-old building, securing a judgment against the main contractor and consultant for AED 195m. Ayen Biar (who is 'excellent in terms of communication, evaluation of issues and implementing strategy') in Abu Dhabi and Hussain Abdel Ghaffar in Dubai, both qualified in Sudan, are notable senior associates. Tarek Shrayh is now a partner at Fletcher Day in London.

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