Busit Advocates & Legal Consultants is a leading boutique Dubai law firm with strong regional and global associations. The firm acts for and represents an array of recognised local and international companies & medium-sized enterprises as well as selective family offices and high net-worth individuals.




We are a firm with a proven track record in dispute resolution and have the required experience and capacity to successfully deal with complex and high-value local, regional and international arbitrations. Our record in arbitration speaks for itself. We represent clients in both ad hoc and institutional platforms including the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Bahrain International Commercial Arbitration Centre.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

We have a strong litigation and dispute resolution offering. It may be to defend our client's professional or personal interests from a claim, to pursue a claim against another party, or simply to find legal resolution to an acrimonious matter. Our experienced litigation team will inform and advise of the options, guide through the process and find effective resolution to match expectations.

We represent and act before all the courts within the UAE: Federal Court, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah Courts; DIFC; the Civil, Criminal and Shariah Courts.

Real Estate

Real Estate remains a key sector in the Dubai economy. Our team offers comprehensive and extensive legal knowledge and case experience for all facets of Real Estate matters in the UAE and GCC region. International investors with properties in the region come to our firm for effective dispute resolution, particularly related to the after-effects of the market downturn in 2008. Institutional property owners choose us for rental dispute resolution. Property investment groups use our corporate commercial advisory services and our extensive local network for new acquisitions. Our multilingual team allows our clients to be given a clear understanding of their legal position in their own language; succinct and effective advice and a professional service where we go out of our way to help fulfil our clients' investment objectives.

Services include:

  • Transaction advisory work
  • Guarantees for real estate transfers
  • Contract drafting and advice
  • Agent and Agency vetting
  • Purchase options and structures
  • Rental dispute litigation
  • Project finance

Corporate Commercial

Clients choose our firm to act for and represent them in their corporate commercial legal activities. This is due to our strong legal knowledge of local, regional and international jurisdictions; experience and success in a broad mix of large scale international business transactions; and our very strong local network. Our clients see that we understand them.

Business entry into Dubai and the GCC

Dubai is a global city and the region's business hub. We assist our clients who wish to set-up their business operations in Dubai with the necessary legal and advisory services. We ensure the most effective choice of legal framework, commercial strategy and domestic business relationships to achieve a successful entry into the region.

Services include:

  • Company registration (in a Free Zone or Onshore jurisdiction within the UAE)
  • Relevant UAE business partner and rental space selection for setup of an onshore enterprise
  • Effective corporate structures for the best return on investment
  • Preparation and negotiation of commercial agreements
  • Set-up of representative offices and registered offices
  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance advisory
  • Opening of bank accounts
  • Visa applications

Your partner for successful business operations and transactions in Dubai,UAE and GCC

You know your business. We know the UAE landscape. Whether you are new or well-established in your business operations in the region, we like to see ourselves more as an integral part of your business team than simply your lawyer. We utilise our extensive legal knowledge, business experience, understanding of the local and regional business environments as well as our strong professional network to offer our clients a value-added strengthening to their commercial activities in the region. Our team is selected to match each client according to their business culture, type of business operation and strategic objectives.

Services include:

  • Professional advice
  • Preparation and negotiation of commercial agreements
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Advisory for all forms of joint venture and strategic alliances
  • Major projects
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Banking & Finance
  • Litigation
  • Franchising
  • PPP advice

International Trade & Customs Law

We represent and advise clients on international trade and customs regulatory requirements, procedures and strategies in order to minimise their business's risk and maximise its profitability. Our team has extensive case experience in the handling of international trade and customs issues, import and export related matters, both in the UAE, GCC and for other selected major international ports. Our clients are typically manufacturers, customs brokers, importers, exporters, freight forwarders and international business houses and general traders.

Services include:

  • Trade analysis
  • Compliance and inspection procedures
  • Customs detention and penalty mitigation
  • GCC Customs law and procedures
  • Transit & Transshipment advisory
  • Free trade agreements between the UAE and other countries
  • Trademark and copyright infringement
  • Warehousing and distribution agreements
  • International trade dispute resolution

Family Office & Private Client

In this field we have one important rule that has come to symbolise the Busit Advocates & Legal Consultants ethos: our discretion. Since 1993 we have been trusted by high net-worth individuals and family offices with their investments and legal affairs in the region. We appreciate that these clients may have complex problems that require innovative and well-planned solutions. Our clients appreciate that our team understand them, offer sound and effective legal & professional advice and go out of the way to provide excellent personal and professional services.

Services include:

  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Trans-jurisdiction business advisory
  • Family succession and estate planning
  • Commercial transactions
  • Inheritance advisory and dispute resolution
  • Crisis management & dispute resolution
  • Trust & Foundation set-up
  • Advisory, representation and negotiation on corporate and venture financing

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law in the MENA region is an increasingly important yet complex sector for international businesses who have already have or intend to expand their operations into this zone. Issues can include breach of copyright, cases of trademark and patent infringement, as well as the registration of trademarks. Our IP team has the industry experience to identify problem areas ahead of their manifestation or act swiftly for enforcement against other parties' misuse of their intellectual property.

Services include:

  • Advise on trademark and copyrights issues including dispute resolution andenforcement
  • Registration of copyrights, trademarks and patents
  • Draft and negotiation for licensing, sublicensing, bundling, distribution and marketing agreements
  • IP audits


Dubai's hospitality industry is a major contributor to the economy and a key part of its strategic development. We primarily advise international companies and groups for entry into the Dubai market with hotel acquisition, corporate structuring and operations. Our expertise is in our team's ability to offer strategic advice, negotiation on behalf of our client; to link our clients with the relevant domestic industry partners & service providers as well as provide the required legal work and documentation from beginning to end. We advise from the legal aspects of operational set-up all the way to representation of our client in any necessary dispute resolution matter.

Services include:

  • Asset identification, negotiation and acquisition
  • Negotiation and drafting of all commercial contracts
  • Employment, operational and service agreements drafting
  • Dispute resolution
  • Entertainment related legal advisory

Criminal Law

Our specialist criminal defence lawyers have the required expertise, experience and nuance to defend the most serious crimes. Many of these are high-profile and extremely challenging, involving complex aspects of law and overseas jurisdictions. We defend offences of violence, serious organised crime, high-value fraud allegations, and terrorism allegations.

About Us

Busit Advocates & Legal Consultants, established in 1993, is based in the heart of the Business Bay central business district of Dubai. The law firm is led by its founder Dr. Obaid Saqer Busit. We have a highly professional international team who are dedicated to our clients and go out of our way to provide personal and professional services. We speak Arabic, English, Russian, Urdu and Hindi, and utilise the services of our extensive global network to provide comprehensive advice and solutions to clients.

Dr. Busit

  • Arbitration
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Commercial Advisory
  • International Trade & Customs Law
Dr. Busit completed his Master's degree in Comparative Law in 1986 at the University of San Diego, USA, and acquired his PhD in Commercial Arbitration in 1991 from Durham University in England. Already in 1992 when he started his legal career in Dubai, Obaid Saqer Busit was involved in high profile and noteworthy cases. By 1994 he was made the Director General of Dubai's Department of Ports and Customs. He was elected to the post of Chairman of the World Customs Organization Council in 2000, and from 1998 until 2000 was elected WCO Regional Vice chairman of the North Africa, Near and Middle East Region. During this period was a visiting lecturer at the UAE University. Subsequently his focus has been back on case work at his boutique law firm Busit Advocates & Legal Consultants, many which involve regional and international contentious legal matters. This has also included extensive work in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Dr. Obaid Saqer Busit is an attorney licensed to practise before all courts in Dubai and the rest of the UAE.

Bachelor's Degree in Law from the UAE University, UAE (1984), Master's Degree in Comparative Law from the University of San Diego, USA (1986), and PhD in Commercial Arbitration from Durham University, UK (1991).

American Association of Arbitration, The International Bar Association, UAE Advocates Association and the UAE Cultural and Science Council. Arbitrator with the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, Dubai, UAE (DIAC) and Sharjah Arbitration centre.


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