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Transport & Logistics

Across the MENA region transport sector (primarily shipping, rail and aviation companies) is critical to the backbone of the economy, with much of the growth within this sector Government-led.

Key Contacts

  • Yazan Saoudi, Partner & Regional Head of Transport & Insurance view profile
  • Omar Omar, Partner, UAE Head of Transport and Insurance view profile

The UAE for example, has many advantages which have contributed to the growth of this sector given its natural assets such as safe harbours, developed infrastructure, various seaports and airports as well as the country's well suited geographic location making it an ideal trading hub. However as with many other sectors, the transport sector has not remained unaffected by the global financial crisis. This sector is also more volatile due to fluctuating oil prices which greatly affects freight prices. Operators within this sector face significant challenges.

We remain at the forefront of developments in the transport sector within the region.

Our clients include government and regulatory bodies, international organisations, major container lines and airlines, domestic and international rail operators, infrastructure operators and their contractors, freight and rolling-stock operating companies, manufacturers, and engineering and technology companies, P&I clubs, vessel owners, vessel charterers and aeroplane leases, ship agents and air operators and forwarders and we advise across the full range of the legal services including litigation and arbitration issues, insurance, employment law, banking and finance matters, regulatory and corporate work. We offer local and international experts with extensive experience relating to transport transactions in all of nine countries we currently operate in across the MENA region.

The type of work the firm does do within this sector is illustrated in below:


  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment matters
  • Insurance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Ship finance
  • Ship building


  • Dispute resolution and arbitration
  • Aviation support services
  • Insurance
  • Aircraft financing


Land Transport

  • Cargo Claims
  • Transit Claims
  • Warehousing
  • Import & Export
  • Customs


  • Agency Law
  • Forwarding Law
  • Warehousing
  • Import & Export
  • Customs


Franchise and concession bids and ongoing management

  • Fleet leasing
  • Maintenance agreements
  • Infrastructure & construction projects
  • Rail regulations
  • Rail safety
  • Track, depot and station access and other rail regulatory issues
  • Employment law matters
  • Rail disputes
  • Corporate acquisitions
  • Real estate
  • Finance
  • Tax structures (where relevant in-jurisdiction)
  • Construction disputes
  • Procurement


Key Contacts Foutoun Hajjar and Andrea Tithecott