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How to practise in UAE

Regulatory compliance:

Foreign lawyers can practice local law, but only a Dubai national can appear in court in Dubai.


A lawyer who is a national of one of the other Arab Gulf Cooperation Council countries can in certain circumstances obtain a licence to practise and to appear in the Dubai and UAE courts. Practising lawyers have to be licensed to practice law in the Federal courts by the Ministry of Justice and by the Emiri Diwan in the other Emirates. Lawyers must be graduates of a recognised law/Shariah college. In the past expatriate Arab lawyers were licensed to practice in the Federal courts but the general trend now is to restrict such practice to qualified UAE nationals.

WTO Position:

The UAE is a member state of the WTO and has scheduled commitments to liberalise its legal services sector under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

Lucy Hicks
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