Head of International Arbitration
Sadique is the firm’s head of International Arbitration.
Based in Dubai for over a decade and with over 22 years of extensive international arbitration experience, Sadique has been involved in multi-million-dollar arbitration disputes across a range of sectors and industries for numerous international corporations including state-owned enterprises and the largest construction organization in the world.
He led the landmark, most contentious and highest profile hotel management arbitration dispute in UAE legal history.
Queen’s Counsels describe Sadique as “an A grade litigator”, “technically excellent”, “always thinking 3 moves ahead” having “a sharp focus on the underlying commercial issues” and “highly effective in dealing with any strengths or weaknesses in the dispute”.
Sadique enjoys an unparalleled understanding of the corporate objectives and cost strategies of litigants in any arbitration given his previous leadership roles as General Counsel in a Fortune 100 government-owned international consortium and an ultra-high net worth privately held group.
Sadique is also available to sit as Arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings. Given his previous deep-seated experience as General Counsel of the largest construction organization in the world and then for a significant real estate developer, he is not only acutely familiar with large value construction disputes and the recurring issues that require to be resolved but also appreciates fully the challenges and limitations an in-house legal team faces in arbitration proceedings. Sadique’s standing with many of the well-known Arbitrators coupled with his understanding of both common law and civil law makes him an ideal appointee for UAE construction and infrastructure disputes.
- An Asian State-Owned entity, as contractor, in a dispute with a Middle Eastern State-Owned developer arising from a FIDIC Contract for the construction of six 22-storey residential towers in the sum of AED 1.33 billion in a DIAC arbitration governed by the laws of Dubai and the Federal laws of the UAE.
- For a major publicly listed UAE developer in an Abu Dhabi seated arbitration in a claim relating to the construction of a 5-star hotel brought by a main contractor with the amount in dispute being over AED 1 billion governed by the laws of Abu Dhabi and Federal Laws of the UAE.
- A Chinese State-Owned entity against an international joint venture comprising a Turkish, Chinese and Greek conglomerate in an AED 800 million dispute in relation to the construction of an airport in Abu Dhabi in a UAE-seated arbitration governed by the Federal Laws of the UAE.
- An Indian hotel owner in a DIFC seated arbitration arising from a $100 million claim from an international operator following termination of a hotel management agreement governed by the laws of England and Wales.
- In a sale of a super luxury villa in Abu Dhabi for a UAE developer under a contract governed by an arbitral dispute resolution clause to a major gulf sovereign wealth fund on behalf of a former European monarch.
- For a syndicate of major UAE banks in connection with ADGM related arbitration proceedings relating to the administration of a major healthcare institution in the UAE in connection to losses amounting to more than AED 1 billion.
- A State-Owned entity, as contractor, in a dispute with a Middle Eastern/Iranian private developer arising from the construction of commercial-residential towers for contract price of AED 200 million governed by the laws of Dubai and the Federal laws of the UAE.
- A Bahamas company in an ICC arbitration under UAE Law in an AED 70 million claim against two substantial Middle Eastern developers based in Abu Dhabi for the delivery of car parks.
- A State-Owned entity in a dispute with a UAE Government Linked developer arising from the construction of villas and townhouses for contract price of AED 450 million governed by the laws of Dubai and the Federal laws of the UAE.
- A Middle Eastern developer in a UAE seated arbitration dispute against three ultra-high net worth individuals from Switzerland, India and Israel arising from the sale and purchase of luxury penthouses at the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai governed by the laws of Dubai and the Federal laws of the UAE.
- A State-Owned entity in a dispute with a Middle Eastern Developer arising from a FIDIC Contract for the construction of a residential tower of AED 150 million governed by the laws of Dubai and the Federal laws of the UAE.
- A dispute in relation to a shareholders’ agreement with Russian shareholders for the management and operation of a luxury fine dining restaurant and night club in a 5-star hotel.
- A State-Owned entity in a dispute with a Middle Eastern developer arising from FIDIC Contract for the construction of a racecourse governed by the laws of Dubai and the Federal laws of the UAE.
- A State-Owned entity in a dispute with a Middle Eastern Developer arising from FIDIC Contract for the construction of a residential tower of AED 200 million governed by the laws of Dubai and the Federal laws of the UAE.
- A Middle Eastern land lease holder in a DIFC seated arbitration arising from a claim by an international operator relating to a 5-star hotel in Dubai governed by the laws of England and Wales.
- A Middle Eastern hotel operator in a DIFC seated arbitration arising from a claim by the former international hotel chain on a 5-star hotel governed by the laws of England and Wales.
- A State-Owned entity in a DIAC arbitration dispute with a Middle Eastern MEP contractor arising from FIDIC Contract for the construction of a residential tower of AED 200 million governed by the laws of Dubai and the Federal laws of the UAE.
- A Middle Eastern developer in a DIAC arbitration arising from claim by a contractor for the construction of a hotel with the amount in dispute in the sum of AED 300 million.
- For an owner of a private jet based in Dubai on an aborted sale and purchase of a private jet providing for arbitration from a leading aircraft manufacturer based in USA governed by the laws of New York.
- A Middle Eastern developer in a UAE-seated arbitration governed by UAE Law defending a claim of approximately AED 100 million from a State-Owned entity arising from the construction of a villas and townhouses in Dubai.
Qualifications and Professional Bodies
- Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
- International Bar Association (IBA)
- London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Master’s Degree with Distinction in Construction Law & Disputes Resolution,(King’s College London Programme)
- English – Native
- Bahasa – Fluent
Sadique exclusively specializes in complex and high value domestic and international arbitration disputes in a broad range of sectors, with particular specialty in complex commercial disputes, construction and development disputes (for both developers and contractors) and hospitality disputes (for both owners and operators).
He has acted as arbitration counsel before distinguished tribunals in major arbitration forums and has experience of managing and/or conducting arbitrations under a wide range of rules including those of the ICC, LCIA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA as well as the UNCITRAL Rules.
Sadique has been based in the UAE for over 10 years where he exclusively managed and/or conducted contentious arbitration proceedings on behalf of Fortune 100 and privately held organizations involving disputes relating to cross border transactions, construction, engineering, real estate, hospitality, private jets, yachts, banking and finance, corporate and commercial.
Publications and Insights
- DIFC Courts, Dubai, and China: Trading Securely, Dubai Resolution Authority, Dubai, March 2017
- Major Projects & Infrastructure – Contract Management & Dispute Resolution, Doha, Qatar, January 2014
- Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution in the Gulf, Innovative Tactics and Strategies for Successful Dispute Resolution, Dubai, UAE, 2012
- Liquidated Damages in the UAE, Construction Law Quarterly, Volume 2, Issue 4, March 2013
- Arbitration Cases to Increase by Mid-2017, February 2017, Construction Week
- Capacity to Arbitrate in the UAE, The Oath Legal Magazine, Issue 79, November 2018
- COVID-19 – Insurers’ Comeuppance? The Oath Legal Magazine, Issue 94, June 2020
- The Ugly World of Hotel Management Agreement Disputes, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), March 2022
Award and Citations
- General Counsel of the Year Middle East, Oath Legal Awards 2016
- 2013 General Counsel Award, US Global Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)
- Top 5 General Counsels in Middle East for the consecutive years – 2012, 2013 and 2014, Corporate Counsel Middle East
- Legal Innovation Award Middle East 2013, Corporate Counsel Middle East
What clients say…
“Tenacious with the ability to find that one winning point”
“The go-to man when all else appears to fail”
“Very easy to deal with. He has a sharp understanding of my organization’s corporate objectives”
“A 360-degree specialist familiar with both common law and civil law issues”
“Brilliant arbitration specialist and strategist”