Real estate and construction in Oman

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co, whose team is 'responsive and easy to work with', handles real estate and construction-related mandates involving infrastructure, leisure facilities and industrial developments. The firm's non-contentious work involves advising on transactions and construction contracts. In addition, the group is also heavily involved in litigation and arbitration arising from construction disputes. Practice head Mansoor Jamal Malik is 'hugely experienced and well-known in the Oman market'.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Jamal Malik

Other key lawyers:

Ravinder Singh

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, they know what they’re doing.’

‘Longstanding practice comprised of partners with a long-term presence on the ground. Means that they have experience with most projects and industry players in Oman built up over many years. Responsive and easy to work with. Play to their strengths and happy to support international counsel as needed, in the manner that best suits the client.’

‘Mansoor Jamal Malik is hugely experienced and well known in the Oman market. He draws on this to the benefit of clients by anticipating issues in advance.’

Key clients

Ad-Dhahirah Generating Company SAOC

Alargan Towell Investment Company LLC

Al Asilah Desalination Company SAOC

Al Raid Group of Companies

Bahwan Engineering Company LLC

Barka Desalination Co SAOC

Cinepolis / Gulf Entertainment Company LLC

Eagle Hill International Muscat LLC

Jebel Al Ahkdar Data Centre

Iskan Oman Investment Company SAOC

Larsen & Toubro

Majid Al Futtaim Group and its subsidiaries

Marriot Hotel

Muriya Tourism Group and its subsidiaries

Muscat Bay (Saraya Bandar Jissah SAOC)

Muscat Intercontinental Hotel

Muscat National Development and Investment Company SAOC (ASAAS)

Muscat Duty Free

Oman Shapoorji Company LLC Oman Aviation Group

Oman Cement Company SAOG

Oman Investment Authority

Oman Sales and Services Company (Muscat Duty Free)

Oman Tourism Company SAOC

Pine Bridge Investments Europe Ltd.

Radisson Hotel Group

Shinas Generating Company SAOC

Suhail Bahwan Group

Zawaya Contractors LLC/ Amwal Development LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Eagle Hills Properties LLC, with respect to the financing sought by Eagle Hills Muscat Properties LLC for the Oman Shatti Project, which includes hotel, residential and retail components.
  • Advised Alara Resources LLC on its various mining queries including review of their mining contracts.
  • Advising Oman Arab Bank SAOC in connection with the facility agreement between Al-Asalah Hotels & Resorts Management Company SAOC as the Borrower and Oman Arab Bank SAOC as the Agent, Security Agent, Account Bank and Original Lender, financing the transfer of the W Hotel from Oman Tourism Development Co SAOC (OMRAN) to Al-Asalah Hotels & Resorts Management Company SAOC

Dentons

Dentons' real estate and construction team is experienced in handling development projects, acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets, and debt and equity finance transactions. The team's client base includes state bodies, as well as Omani and international companies. The team is spread across Dubai and Oman. Although former practice head Nick Simpson moved to Dentons' Saudi Arabia practice, he continues to work on Omani matters. Andrew Figgins and Jamie Gibson jointly lead the team in Muscat. Gibson joined the practice in December 2019 from Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Figgins; Jamie Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Nick Simpson

Testimonials

‘They have a strong Middle East presence and a prolific resume of real estate assignments that they have been involved in.’

‘Nick Simpson is recognised for the relevance of his interventions and added value. ‘

‘Strong knowledge in real estate legal framework in Oman, with quite a lot of experience in drafting legal agreements for some real estate projects.’

‘Very good communication, and the firm always delivers practical solutions for some of the issues raised by different stakeholders. ‘

‘Strong depth of knowledge, commercially aware, and good understanding of our business’ commercial drivers.’

Key clients

Oman Investment Fund (OIF) (Now known as Oman Investment Authority)

Marasi Duqm LLC

Yiti Tourism Development Company SAOC

Maysan Properties SAOC

Eagle Hills

Supreme Council for Planning of Oman

Damac

Work highlights

  • Advising the Supreme Council for Planning on the development agreements, construction contracts and consultancy service contracts in respect of a new affordable housing development. This is important because it represents a departure from the Government’s traditional method of supporting citizens to secure a home and the plan is for this model to be replicated across Oman.
  • Advising Damac Properties on various aspects of the proposed development of Sultan Qaboos Port, including advice on the relevant regulatory framework in Oman as well as assisting with review and negotiation of the development agreement between Damac and the Government.
  • Advising the owner Eagle Hills Muscat Property LLC on hotel management agreements, operator agreements and unit sale and purchase agreements for Mandarin Oriental branded residences in Muscat.

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)'s 'diverse and multilingual team' acts on a wide variety of real estate and construction matters, including advice on PPP tenders and construction contracts. In addition, it is also heavily involved in high-value construction litigation. The team counts contractors, state bodies and developers as key clients, among others. Thamer Al Shahry leads the practice. Said Al-Shahry handles a number of disputes for clients.

Practice head(s):

Thamer Al Shahry

Other key lawyers:

Said Al-Shahry

Testimonials

‘A diverse and multilingual team, well rounded.’

‘Always there to assist in a timely manner.’

Key clients

ABENGOA

Aktivco

Al Rajhi for Development – Oman

Al Reef Real Estate Company SAOC

ARUP

Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE) International

CPEC – Architectural & Engineering Consultancy

Majid Al Futtaim

Martin Engineering GmbH

Mint Projects International LLC

Mott MacDonald

OHL Industrial S.L.

Oman Global Logistics Group SAOC (ASYAD)

Oman Shapoorji Company LLC

Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (OMRAN)

Roadbridge Construction Oman LLC

SAS Gulf United Company LLC

Seureca Muscat LLC

STFA Construction Group

W.J. Towell & Co. LLC

BIC Contracting LLC

Al Alawi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants

Al Alawi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants advises on the procurement and construction of large-scale projects, as well as related investment transactions. The team has extensive experience of the real estate and construction arena, with founder and senior partner Ali Khamis Al Alawi having previously held the position of Head of the Land Registry Office. Sahil Taneja leads the team. Riza Ismail is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Sahil Taneja

Other key lawyers:

Ali Khamis Al Alawi; Sahil Taneja

Key clients

Shumookh Al Sharqiya Construction & Investment LLC (SSC”)

Al Yusr Islamic Banking, Oman Arab Bank

Oman Drydock Company LLC

Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP)

Salalah Free Zone Company SAOC

Al Tasnim Group

OMRAN (Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC)

YitiTourism Development Company SAOC

Voltas Oman

Work highlights

  • Advised Shumookh Al Sharqiya Construction & Investment LLC on the 300 million Sur City Walk Project, specifically, an acquisition of substantial equity stake there in including resultant project restructuring.
  • Acted for Al Yusr Islamic Banking, Oman Arab Bank on the financing of the development and construction of water network pipeline throughout Oman through the use of istisna’/diminishing musharaka structure.
  • Advising the Oman Drydock Company LLC on a consolidated shipbuilding agreement relating to the construction of 101 vessels at the Company’s dockyard in the recently established special economic zone in Duqm.

Mohammed Al Ruqaishi Law Firm

Mohammed Al Ruqaishi Law Firm's practice is particularly active in handling construction disputes, with a proven track record in arbitration cases. It was bolstered in June 2020 by the arrival of Ali Naveed Arshad from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's Dubai office. Arshad co-heads the team with Hashim Shekhuna and Mohammed Al Ruqaishi.

Practice head(s):

Hashim Shekhuna; Ali Naveed Arshad; Mohammed Al Ruqaishi

Key clients

Oman Sugar RefineryCompany LLC

Biyaq Oilfield Services LLC

AZ Engineers & Partners LLC

Consolidated Contractors Company Oman LLC

Kempinski hotel Muscat –Oman Hospitality Company SAOC

Black Gold Integrated Solutions Co LLC

Descon Engineering Oman LLC

Kirtanlal Metal Productsand Co. LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Oman Sugar Refinery on Usufruct Agreement, Engineering Procurement Construction Contract and Facility Agreement.
  • Advised Black Gold Integrated Solutions Co LLC as project company local counsel on its project development and EPC arrangements and Istisna Agreement (i.e. construction contract for Shariah based project facilities).
  • Advising AZ Engineers & Partners LLC on the joint venture arrangements relating to the project special purpose joint venture company established to execute the Adawnib Dam project awarded to the joint venture of Portex-Eksen-NTF-AZ Engineers.