Motei & Associates, Attorneys at Law

Full-Service Law Firm in Dubai

Motei & Associates, Attorneys at Law

Damac Executive Heights (TECOM)
Office No. 801, 8th Floor

United Arab Emirates

Phone+971 (4) 435-5959
Fax +971 (4) 435-5858

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Law Firm Overview

Motei & Associates is a corporate and commercial law firm based in Dubai. Our practice areas include business setup in the UAE; commercial transactions and agreements such as joint ventures, asset sales and purchases, licensing, and data protection; debt recovery; employment law matters including director and officer fiduciary duties and liability issues; business and residential real estate; corporate advisory services ranging from corporate structuring and governance to mergers and acquisitions and private equity; and local litigation before the UAE courts, including cases before the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) courts as well as international arbitration.

Motei &Associates was founded in 2002 by Ashraf El Motei, a law graduate from Cairo University, and post-graduate from Paris II (la Sorbonne) and SMU, Dedman School of Law in Dallas.

Our creative and diligent team has vast experience in a wide range of corporate and commercial law and provides personalized legal expertise in response to clients’ budgetary and management requirements and objectives. Our lawyers are fluent Arabic speakers, and we conduct business in Arabic, English and French with equal proficiency.

Year this Office was Established: 2002

Languages: Arabic, French, English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Free Zone Law; Debt Recovery; Corporate Advisory; Due Diligence (Property Investigation); Home Loans (Mortgages); Long-Term Leases (Residential, Commercial & Retail); Transfer of Ownership (Conveyancing); Non-competition; Non-solicitation; Stock Options Plans; Directors/ Officers’ Fiduciary Duties and Liability; Assets Sale and Purchase Agreements; Consultancy; Sale and Supply of Goods Agreements; Confidentiality; Non-disclosure; Loan, Escrow and Guaranty Agreements.

Areas of Law Description

Our services include:

- Corporate/ Commercial

Our Corporate Commercial Team provides advice on local and cross-border transactions, including negotiating and closing a wide range of commercial agreements. We also have extensive experience assisting clients in setting up in the UAE through various corporate structures, including: onshore and free zone companies. We are also registered agents for offshore companies in Jebel Ali and Ras Al Khaimah.

- Litigation

Having a bilingual litigation team with a solid/ well-toned regional litigation background has enabled us to handle complex litigation before all levels of courts in the UAE, at a far lower rate than large law firms. Our focus is on corporate, commercial and real estate disputes.

- International Commercial Arbitration

Our Arbitration Team has significant experience, both as arbitrator and counsel, in international commercial arbitrations before various international arbitration centers to including Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Dubai International Financial Courts (DIFC Courts), and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). We have specific expertise in enforcement of arbitral awards either in the UAE or worldwide. Our team comprises of listed arbitrators on the approved list of arbitrators at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).

- Real Estate

Our Real Estate Team advises on all aspects of real estate transactions, including: sale and purchase of real estate, formation of owners association, setting up investment companies, real estate development contracts, residential and commercial leases. We assist in all types of real estate and rent disputes.


Ashraf El Motei Mr. Ashraf El Motei
Banking and Finance, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Divorce, Employment


Mustafa Fahmy Mr. Mustafa Fahmy

Maged Lokas Mr. Maged Lokas


  • American Bar Association
  • Alliance of Business Lawyers
  • International Bar Association

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 Overview of the New Taxation Regime to Be Implemented in the UAE

It has been estimated that the introduction of a value-added tax (VAT) in the UAE will generate Dh12 billion of additional revenues.

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 Resolving Franchising Disputes

The reality: Honeymoon-Rough-Bold Despite all best efforts to maintain the “honeymoon” period, there will come time during the relationship where the franchisee and franchisor may not agree or see things differently; this is the “Rough” period… very likely, such period will evolve to a clear disagreement the “Bold” period which, if not managed properly, it can lead down an emotional and costly path. This is the reality in any relationship.

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 A Safer and Happier Life for Children in the UAE

Highlight on the New UAE Child Protection Law “Wadeema Law”

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 Dubai Court of Appeal Ratifies an Arbitral Award

Motei & Associates was instructed by the Respondent in recent legal proceedings between two parties (details for which must remain confidential) before the Dubai Courts in relation to the ratification of an arbitral award issued by the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).

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 Midnight Arbitration Clause v. 8:00 a.m. Clause in Dubai

In the past, contractual dispute resolution provisions were commonly known as ‘midnight’ clauses because commercial lawyers only come to discuss them in the closing stages of contract negotiations. Nowadays, taking into account the complications which may arise from badly drafted arbitration clause, they are better referred to as the 8 o’clock in the morning clauses.

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 Property Investors in Dubai may Withhold Payment of Due Installments

A property investor in Dubai may withhold payment of due installments whilst the developer is in breach of his contractual obligations.

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 Dubai Court's Ruling Against Developer

Dubai Court ordered developer to compensate buyer for the shortfall in the size of the sold property and all its supplemented areas.

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 When a Marriage Breaks in the United Arab Emirates

Shedding light on the application of the UAE Personal Affairs (‘Sharia’) versus foreign laws. The case of a Hindu divorce granted by the Sharia Court in the UAE to the wife with full custody of the kids as well as alimony.

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 Buying Property by Expatriates in Abu Dhabi

The basics of buying freehold property in Abu Dhabi are the same as anywhere else in the United Arab Emirates. However, unlike Dubai, Abu Dhabi does not till date have specific laws/regulations regulating sale and purchase of real estate by foreigners (i.e. off plan sale, real estate brokers and agents, escrow accounts, jointly owned property (Strata Law), etc). Such being the case one needs to be even more careful and exercise greater due diligence while purchasing property in Abu Dhabi.

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 Buying Property in Dubai

The endless opportunities that Dubai is bringing back to its real estate sector and the influx of new people relocating to Dubai have substantially increased the Dubai property demand. The basics of buying a property in Dubai are the same as anywhere else in the world: “One needs to be very careful in closing a property deal”.

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