Allow me to introduce myself:

My name is Jihad El Haddad and I am a practicing lawyer, registered at the Beirut Bar Association. I specialize in Civil Law, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, Foreign Law, Property Law and Corporate Law. I practiced Law in Lebanon until I moved back to the U.A.E. Here, I continue to practice with Dubai as my base.

My areas of expertise
I have amassed a lot of experience and knowledge of Corporate Law, particularly drafting contracts including but not limited to joint ventures, Memorandum of Understandings, Distribution Agreements, Loan Agreements, shareholders agreements, and emplacements agreements, etc.
I also hold a B. S. Degree in Business Management that has helped me understand and execute my clients’ legal needs. I also head the Corporate and Commercial Department at the head office of my law firm, based in Dubai.

Dispute resolution
My 12 years of professional experience extends to resolving disputes and litigation in the real estate sector of the Gulf Region in general and the U.A.E. in particular, and the GCC countries. Today, I’m a very highly respected litigators in these regions. Alongside this, I also ventured into procedures relating to the incorporation of companies based in the U.A.E and elsewhere.

I am a strong votary of arbitration and dispute resolution processes to enhance my clients’ business interests. My Law practice is focused on clients belonging to the local real estate business in Dubai and the U.A.E., apart from international clients in this sector. I also advise clients of the banking and intellectual property fraternities, apart from also practicing commercial litigation, and helping defending assisting arbitration proceedings and pursuing the same within the U.A.E. and internationally.
In September, 2002, I shifted base to Dubai and practiced there alongside lawyers and professionals and worked for Dubai-based clients and those from abroad, spanning a wide spectrum of cases within courtrooms and outside of them.
I take full responsibility for being at the helm of affairs in guiding the actions of our arbitration clients across the U.A.E., and am considered a sagacious legal consultant.
On a daily basis, I facilitate the process of advising clients in three languages—Arabic, English and French. My chief responsibilities are to wholly protect my clients’ interests and to provide competent legal representation based on my skills and experience with the objective of solving your problems, achieving your goals, avoiding conflict or resolving disputes. As a student, I worked for one of the biggest public notaries in Beirut.

Services: I am competent to offer my services in various branches of Law, such as:
Real Estate: In the field, I provide my foreign clients a comprehensive range of services to foreign clients including:

  • Advising my client(s) on their legal position in a real estate dispute prior to taking the appropriate legal action, in particular prior to having recourse to the applicable court of law.
  • In order to ensure that my client(s) don’t invest (inject) good money in bad investment, we do advise them on their chances in prevailing in the real estate disputes depending on each dispute’s supporting documentation in addition to the real estate developer’s credibility.
  • In the event of being legally in a strong position in addition to the developer’s credibility, I recommend to immediately pursue the legal action giving that any hesitation in injecting good money in such real estate dispute is the most devastating way to lose the client’s investment.
  • In the event of being legally In a strong position in addition to the developer’s credibility , I do advise to immediately proceed with the legal case giving that the same is the most appropriate and effective solution to reimburse my client’s invested funds
  • Preparing documents to enter into transactions with real estate owners
  • Negotiations and representation in court
  • Lodging real estate lawsuits in front of the relevant courts of law in U.A.E in general and Dubai In particular.
  • Investigating the legal regime and possible burdens of real estate
  • Obtaining bank loans to buy properties and offering advice for mortgages

In these few years, whenever there have been disputes with developers and real estate financial providers, general contractors, commercial property owners, real estate lease disputes, commercial tenants and overseas humanitarian development project administrators, Mr. Jihad El Haddad has offered his timely advice and sorted out any business disputes either through litigation, arbitration or negotiation.


Career Experience
Alwasl International Group: Mr. Jihad El Haddad has been working with Alwasl International Group Advocates & Legal Consultants as their legal consultant since November 2007 in Dubai. Here, he drafts and reviews litigation and arbitration memorandums before all applicable courts across the U.A.E and its recognized arbitration centers.
He also handles all litigation proceedings for different types of disputes (commercial, civil, real estate, etc)
Other important responsibilities include:

  • Drafting and reviewing commercial contracts, memorandums of associations, joint ventures agreements, franchise agreements, distribution agreements, loan agreements, shareholders agreements, emplacements agreements
  • Formulation of Memorandum of Association for foreign companies
  • Confidentiality and acknowledgment letters
  • Legal Notices and replies to legal notices
  • Power of Attorney
  • Settlement agreements, Memorandum of Understandings, (MOU), legal services agreements, etc.
  • Reviewing of MOUs regarding property transactions, Property Development Agreements, Reservations Contracts, Assignment agreements Property Sales Agreements

• Advising clients on trademark registration, filing trademarks, copyright registration relating to art, literature and computer software
• Providing general legal advices on corporate and commercial matters, investments, banking and real estate
• Advising and guiding companies in daily corporate activities, transactions and arrangements, and planning group structuring
• Providing information and assisting in setting up local and overseas multinational companies in Dubai and the UAE free zones
• Providing legal support for operations, ensuring appropriate and requisite legal documentation, giving advice on the design and development of new services and preparing cases for litigation or other legal resources
• Attending meetings with and on behalf of the clients
• Directing and coordinating between foreign clients and other legal consultants within the group
•Being the coordinator of the main office
During my work experience with Al Wasl International Group Advocates & Legal Consultants, I have provided high quality legal services and consultations in favor of and against different companies such as but not limited to:
HSBC Bank, Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank, Al Baraka Islamic Bank (Bahrain), Bartercard Emirates, Orient Travel, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Islamic Bank, Hitachi Plant Technologies, DSEC Corporation FZC; Rak Bank, The Palm, Emaar, KTV Middle East, Julfar Gulf Pharmaceuticals Industries, Testa Rossa Caffe, Seven Seas Computers, Julphar, Arab Star Oil,  Decision Maker TV (National Broadcast Center), Perfect Vision, Al Wasl False Ceilings, Toronto Contracting, Fioro Rosse Furniture Trading, Al Sawsan General Transport, The Cool Group, CCL Gulf Prestressed  Concrete L.L.C; Media Insight, City Call, Baya Graph Advertisement, Mona Beauty Center, Design Lab, Golden Spark, Gimpex Gulf Import & Export, G & B International Décor,  Buildx Engineering Decor Works, Scandinavian Boiler Services, Toscana Landscaping, Rawaat Group Of Companies; Red Event Services; Shaafar Special Materials, Shaafar General Contracting, Al Serkal & Assarain Concrete Products, Foot Print, Color Lines, Jas Middle East, Semco Maritime, Scomi Oil, Al Ain Class, Cooper International, Espace Real Estate Broker, Hydra Properties, Dubai Scientific School, Al Wasl Marketing, Mashreq Bank, etc. Mr. Jihad El Haddad has also worked as a lawyer with Youssef Ballout law firm, Beirut, Lebanon

Job Responsibilities include:
• Drafting and reviewing litigation and arbitration Memorandums before all applicable courts across the U.A.E and its recognized arbitration centers.
• Handling different types of litigation in different disputes (commercial, civil, real estate, etc)
• Providing legal support for operations, ensuring appropriate and requisite legal documentation, giving advice on the design and development of new services and preparing cases for litigation or other legal resources
• Attending meetings with and on behalf of the clients
• Advising clients on trademark registration, filing trademark, copyright registration relating to art, literature and computer software
• Providing general legal advice on corporate and commercial matters Investment, banking and real estate.
• Analyzing legal issues, preparing statements on policies and issues, enjoying challenging jobs, arranging meetings and accomplishing all other routine office work.

Our firm provides a comprehensive range of legal services:
Corporate Law, Consumer Banking, Consumer Fraud, Libel, Business Formation, Paternity, Consumer Protection, E-Commerce, Education Law, Visas, Consumer Law, Consumer Credit, Contested Wills, Contracts, Cooperative Housing Law, Copyrights, Limited Liability Company Law, Mediation, Landlord and Tenant Law, Breach of Contract, Business Law, Commercial Leasing, Communications and Media, Mortgages, Business Litigation, Buying and Selling of Businesses Slander and Defamation, Small Business Law, Commercial Law, Condominium Law, Asset Protection, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Creditors Rights, Business Law, Immigration Law, Employment Contracts, Employee Discrimination, Estate Litigation, Uncontested Wills and Estates, Drafting and Execution of Wills, Family and Medical Leave Act, Family Law, Internet Law, Joint Ventures, Commercial Mediation, Business Planning, Commercial Litigation, Trademarks, Premarital Agreements, Privacy Law, Probate, Professional Practices, Real Estate.