MEET THE TEAM

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MR. OMAR AL BALOUSHI

Founding Partner

Mr. Omar Al Baloushi, proprietor of MEALC, is an Emirati Lawyer licensed and registered in Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He specializes in Sharia Law and has more than 10 years’ of experience in the legal profession. His main area of expertise includes Islamic wills, Islamic jurisprudence, and Islamic law of inheritance as well as Islamic Banking and Finance. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

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DR. HABIB MOHAMED ABDULLA

Chairman

An accomplished lawyer with a wealth of over 20 years of experience in UAE laws, Dr. Abdulla’s reputation as a trusted legal advisor extends to both the business and government sectors in the UAE. His extensive experience in advising prominent entities in the country regarding their corporate and commercial affairs is widely recognized and has made him one of the most recognizable practitioners in the field today.

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DR. MOHAMMED HAITHAM A. SALMAN

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Managing Partner

Dr. Salman has a Ph.D. in International Business Law from the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK. He completed his professional and practical studies in the College of Law of England and Wales.

He has more than 15 years’ experience in many business law areas in the UAE either through working as legal consultant in leading law firms in the field of construction projects, maritime law, drafting legislations, sports law, corporate law, or as a legal advisor in Abu Dhabi Economic Development Department (DED). 

Dr. Mohammed was the chair of law program in Abu Dhabi University and he is teaching in business law, employment law, and other legal subjects. 

He is a fellow of the International Bar Association (IBA) and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), London, UK.

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MR. ALI HAYAT

Partner

Mr. Hayat completed his LLM from Queen Mary & Westfield College, London, and has more than 10 years of experience as a legal practitioner. He specializes in corporate law, commercial transactions and construction laws. His experience includes serving as an advisor to family businesses, investors and joint venture stakeholders on complex and strategic structuring and restructuring of their corporate outfits; providing his expertise to contractors in drafting, negotiating and finalizing various concessions and development contracts; and serving as a legal consultant to stakeholders in drafting, negotiating and finalizing their commercial agreements and commercial settlements.

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MR. OSMAN AHMAD

Senior Associate

“Mr. Ahmad is a member of the Corporate / Commercial Group. He obtained his law degree from University of London. In addition, Mr. Ahmad also completed his masters in law from SOAS, University of London and the Bar Vocational Course from Inns of Court School of Law, City University, London. Mr. Ahmad was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Lincolns’ Inn.

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MR. HAMID NAWAZ

Senior Associate

Mr. Nawaz has completed LLM from the University of Hull, UK and has more than 15 years of extensive experience in corporate, commercial, banking (conventional and Islamic), finance and regulatory framework Laws. He has worked for the Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (SCADIA) and has served as Assistant Vice President (Legal) for Saudi Pak Industrial and Agricultural Investment Company Limited.

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MR. MAGDY ELAZALY

Senior Associate

Magdy Elazaly has over 8 years of experience in criminal and civil litigation, in a wide array of industries, including real estate, retail, manufacturing, financial services, automotive, IT, intellectual property, labor, personal status and administrative law in UAE and Egypt.
He is representing both corporate and individual clients in civil & commercial proceedings with expertise in acquisition, structured trade and project finance. He has been also advising clients on very complex real estate transactions.

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MR. MOHAMED ABDALMONIEM

Senior Associate

Mohamed Abdalmoniem, holder of Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Ain Shams University in Egypt, Abdalmoniem has started his career as Legal Consultant at Aviation Link Co which sharpened his skills in International & Aviation laws and regulations and enabled him to draft and amend Purchase and Sales Agreement with the major Aircraft manufacturers ( Airbus, Boeing, AMAC, Universal, etc..). In addition to his contribution to company’s bylaws and polices. Abdalmoniem was representing international firms in litigation matters concerning real estate, commercial and civil disputes and drawing strategies for criminal cases in UAE.

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MR. SHAMS UREHMAN

Associate

Mr. Shams-Ur-Rehman holds specialized degree of LLB (honors) in Sharia and Law from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan and has more than 7 years’ experience in the legal profession. His main area of expertise includes Islamic wills, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic law of inheritance, Islamic Banking and Finance, Corporate and Compliance related matters. He is actively involved in preparing and translating various legal documents, and also liaisons for litigation cases with our litigation team. He is fluent in Arabic, English and Urdu

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MR. ISLAM EID

Senior Associate

Islam is a Bilingual Senior Associate (Arabic & English) in Middle East Alliance’s Corporate Structuring Department, he is specialises in corporate and commercial work and provides corporate restructuring advice and assistance. Prior joining Middle East Alliance, Islam worked as in house Legal Counsel in Al Ain Sports & Cultural Club and has extensive experience advising on a wide array of transactions underpinning the sports sector.

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MS. MARIJA GOGIC

Associate

Ms.Marija has over 4 years of experience in civil and criminal proceedings as has been for a two years at the Primary Court of Montenegro. Effectively handles matters related to inheritance law, family law, alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property. Also her experience and education are closely related to the Business Law as she is holding Degree of (Spec.Sci), Specialist of Legal sciences, Postgraduate Studies – Business Law, University of Law – Montenegro. As a Legal advisor in the UAE and Middle East Alliance she is practicing corporate/ commercial laws, but also Family UAE laws, Labour UAE laws, VAT laws.

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MR. SAJID RASUL

Finance Manager

Sajid Rasul, Holder of Bachelor degree in Commerce from University of Punjab Lahore has joined Middle East Alliance Legal Consultancy in October 2015 as Finance Manger.
Sajid has started his career as Accountant in Libya in oil & Gas industry in a very demanding and challenging environment where he got an opportunity to finalize the accounts for Dissolution of  Partnership. Later joined UK based security company as an Accountant where later he promoted to the Finance Manager for MENA region and moved to company head office Dubai, UAE.

MS. MARIA KATRINA

Legal Assistant

Ms. Maria Katrina Manamtam is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in International Relations in the college of King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies in Mindanao State University, Marawi City, Philippines. She worked in Abu Dhabi Judicial Department for six (6) years and deployed as Customer Service in Non-Muslim Wills Registration Office, Notary Public. Her area of practice include coordinating, reviewing, editing and assisting clients’ Last Will and Testament. Her acquired knowledge and skills from her education up to her working experiences became a defining factor of who Maria is as a professional worker. Although only a new addition to the company, she is a firm believer that she shares a common goal as to that of the company’s vision and mission, with her abilities that can certainly contribute to the welfare and success of the company.