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The firm: Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultants is a full-service law firm committed to delivering sound judgement to its clients on their most difficult and important matters. Established in 2003, the firm was first known as Advocates Without Frontiers before it expanded and was recently renamed Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultants, the company’s licence owner, with a head office in Dubai and a branch office in Abu Dhabi.

Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultants is duly licensed to perform legal services and advocacy in the UAE, reaching out to local and UAEbased international clients. Among Al Rowaad’s strong practice areas are family law, corporate and commercial, banking, maritime & transport, labour, litigation and arbitration and real estate.

The firm recognises the importance of staff training so that clients can count on expertise in the various and complex aspects of the law, and receive the highest level of personalised service. Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultants is a multilingual firm offering services in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Hindi, Urdu, Iranian and Tagalog.

Areas of practice: Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultancy is an astute, diverse firm of lawyers working for businesses and private clients, nationally and internationally. The firm is highly regarded, often recommended by other lawyers and is known for combining creative solutions with commercial pragmatism and a friendly, sensitive approach. The firm is also renowned for its integrity and experience in dealing with complex and varied matters.

Family law is one of the core areas of practice of the firm. It advises on divorce, child custody, alimony and spousal maintenance. Aside from the family law and practice, Al Rowaad is also regarded as an expert in clinical negligence, corporate and commercial work, criminal litigation, dispute resolution, employment, real estate and regulatory.

  • Other offices

  • Abu Dhabi


  • Number of lawyers: 18
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Russian
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
  • Iranian
  • Member
  • TAGLaw

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    Since a very long time, FIDIC (The International Federation of Consulting Engineers) is commonly used a standard for international construction and engineering contracts and is very frequently used in UAE. It mainly governs the construction works within the country and in GCC. 
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    Since a very long time, FIDIC (The International Federation of Consulting Engineers) is commonly used a standard for international construction and engineering contracts and is very frequently used in UAE. It mainly governs the construction works within the country and in GCC. 
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