Mr Areen Jayousi > Horizons & Co > Dubai, United Arab Emirates > Lawyer Profile

Horizons & Co
United Arab Emirates
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution




Areen is a partner specialising in dispute resolution. He has over a decade of diverse experience in managing commercial disputes in the Middle East, gained through private and in-house legal practice in the region. His particular expertise is the preparation and conduct of litigations as well as arbitrations and dispute resolution for high profile development projects.

Areen has successfully represented clients in prominent and complex cases, including multi-million dollar arbitrations, before the International Chamber of Commerce, Dubai International Arbitration Centre and the London Court of International Arbitration. With regards to arbitration his specific focus is real estate, property and construction related disputes. He is a registered arbitrator with the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and is regularly called upon in this regard.

He has extensive experience in leadership roles, prior to joining Horizons & Co Areen was head of the disputes team at Dubai Properties Group, a leading real estate developer in the region. He was responsible for managing several sensitive and high-value disputes arising out of incomplete development and infrastructure projects.

Since joining Horizons & Co Areen has been the lead partner on and paramount to the success of a number of litigation cases throughout the firm. Being familiar with both civil and common law legal systems, Areen often implements his expertise on UAE law by providing legal advice and opinions to large international law firms regarding detailed subject matters.


Arabic, English


Areen has written articles and chapters on dispute resolution for various textbooks, magazines and websites published across the UAE and wider MENA region. He is qualified in both the UK and Jordan. Fluent in both Arabic and English, he has studied and practiced law in both languages. Areen is well regarded amongst his peers, his team and has a notable rapport with clients, not only in the UAE, but globally. Areen is a member of the International Bar Association, London.

Lawyer Rankings

United Arab Emirates > Real estate

Frequently acting for construction contractors and developers, the team Horizons & Co is well-informed on real estate acquisitions, disputes, and leasing. Ali Ismael Al Zarooni has an impressive litigation track record, and represents real estate companies in development, land ownership, and transactional delay disputes. Areen Jayousi handles contentious commercial and residential property matters, as well as master development agreements.

United Arab Emirates > Construction

Contractor, subcontractor, and land disputes remain a key component of the practice at Horizons & Co. Boasting a strong litigation track record, firm founder Ali Ismael Al Zarooni is well-versed in sizeable hotel development projects. Areen Jayousi counts design and engineering partners, as well as owners and developers on his client roster, while Amr Mostafa is adept at luxury property disputes. Oliver Dupenois and Paul Suckling  departed the team to join DWF Middle East LLP in August 2023.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: local litigation

Horizons & Co is regularly engaged to handle real estate and construction mandates, acting for both property managers, contractors and developers in contractual, damages, and insurance disputes as well as financial institutions in proceedings regarding project financing. The team has also been active in criminal complaints for defamation and slander, confidentiality breaches and bankruptcy proceedings. Ali Ismael Al Zarooni, who handles criminal, financial and tax disputes alongside construction work, heads the team with Areen Jayousi. Legal manager Lilas Alakhras is noted for her wide-reaching practice and Natasja Pollemans joined from KBH Limited in 2023, adding expertise in international trade and energy disputes. Oliver Dupenois and Paul Suckling  left the firm in 2023.