Is it possible to practice international law in United Arab Emirate, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt?
Foreign international lawyers can practice local law, as legal counselors but only a non U.A.E. national can appear in courts in Dubai,
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, and Cairo Egypt.
Regulation of legal profession:
International Lawyers in Abu Dhabi & Dubai operate at the discretion of the Ruler’s court. In addition firms must obtain a professional license from the Dubai Department of Economic Development. For a law firm to be based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Ruler’s court approval is required in addition to a commercial license from the Dubai International Financial Centre and being registered as an Ancillary Service Provider by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. Licensing and regulatory requirements differ in other Emirates of the U.A.E.
The Federal UAE courts, similar to the courts in most of the countries in the Area, are organised to form two main divisions civil and criminal and are also generally divided to three stages of litigation namely courts of First Instance, Appeal and the Federal Supreme Court (colloquially referred to as Court of Cassation). The jurisdiction of the third division, namely the Shariah courts, which initially was to review matters of personal status, was expanded in certain Emirates such as Abu Dhabi & dUbai to include serious criminal cases, labor and other commercial matters. Important cases with a security aspect are referred to special courts.
In security of the state law cases the local lawyers are only accepted to plead in it’s court rooms.
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