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Hotel Operator Appointment • Acquisition & Disposal • Construction • Dispute Resolution • Operation • Corporate and Finance • Development Real Estate

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  • Tara Marlow, Partner, Head of Real Estate, Hotels & Leisure
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Al Tamimi & Company provides a comprehensive range of legal services throughout the Middle East region, covering all areas relevant to the hospitality and leisure industry.

The Hospitality practice comprises a team of experienced lawyers who work across the entire range of legal disciplines within the firm. Together, they form a specialist industry practice group catering to all requirements of our clients involved with the hotel and leisure industry. We advise on every type of product, including hotels, integrated resorts, serviced apartments, restaurants and nightclubs, golf clubs, marinas and yacht clubs, leisure clubs and spas, together with timeshare, fractional ownership and rental pool arrangements – whether they are independent or part of an overall mixed use development.

Our strength and expertise derives from the breadth and depth of skills of our lawyers, including those who have direct industry experience, resulting in our ability to provide full service advice and assistance to our clients operating within the hotel and leisure industry.

We advise on all matters relevant to the hotel/leisure industry, whether your interest is as an owner, investor, developer, operator or financier.

Our expertise ranges from site/property acquisition and disposal, corporate structuring and licensing, long-term strategy planning, project and operational licensing, project finance, equity and debt financing, fund/REIT incorporation and structuring hotel development, hotel operator appointment (including negotiation of hotel management agreements), day to day operational matters, employment issues, property refurbishment/renovation, dispute resolution, intellectual property protection and technology and media.

Our Expertise

Our expertise covers a wide-ranging offering of industry specific legal services.

Hotel Operator Appointment

  • Hotel Management Agreement
  • Technical Services Agreement 
  • Sales & Marketing Agreement
  • Franchise Agreement
  • Pre-Opening Services
  • Employment Contracts
  • Royalty Agreement
  • Trademark Licenses

Acquisition & Disposal

  • Due diligence
  • Sale and Purchase
  • Acquisition of a hotel as a going concern
  • Ground Development Lease
  • Long Leasehold interest
  • Sale and Leaseback


  • Consultant appointments
  • Construction Procurement models
  • Contractor appointment & form of construction contract
  • FF&E Procurement
  • Renovation/refurbishment

Dispute Resolution

  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Dispute avoidance
  • Risk management & strategy


  • Employment matters
  • Occupational tenants
  • Facilities Management
  • Consultancy Agreements
  • Supplier Agreements
  • Service Agreements
  • Local regulations & licensing
  • Third party claimsInsurance
  • Intellectual Property protection
  • IT and telecommunications procurement


  • Joint Venture arrangements
  • Acquisitions/Disposals
  • Corporate structuring
  • Incorporation and licensing
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Strategic Alliance Agreements
  • Exclusivity provisions
  • Development/Project Finance
  • Equity/capital investment
  • Fund/REIT structuring incorporation & management

Development & Real Estate

  • Integrated resort development
  • Hotel/Mixed use developments
  • Serviced Apartments/rental pool schemes
  • Resort Management
  • Master Community and Jointly owned property structuring
  • Feasibility Studies

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