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  • Rabih Tabbara

    Rabih Tabbara
    Partner, Dubai

    International arbitration, Construction disputes, Energy

    T. +971 4 307 6000
    M. +971 50 115 6094
    D. +971 4 307 6019

Rabih specialises in international arbitration with a particular focus on construction and energy disputes. He has significant experience throughout the Middle East, advising major developers, consultants and contractors in the successful negotiation and effective drafting of construction contracts, including those based on the FIDIC forms.

Rabih regularly represents clients in arbitration proceedings at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Lebanese Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Beirut, and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Arbitration Center. He also counsels companies on court litigation in the UAE and throughout the GCC countries.

His experience extends to the oil and gas sector where he advises clients on disputes relating to feedstock supply agreements, crude oil pricing and refinery operations.

In addition to dispute resolution work, Rabih advises major engineering and project management firms on doing business in the UAE, Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Highlighted Matters

  • Advising the owner of a refinery in Libya in connection with disputes with a crude oil supplier and breaches of the Feedstock Supply Agreement. The matter is currently in arbitration under the auspices of the ICC. The seat is in Paris and Libyan law applies.
  • Representing a Japanese turbo-machinery manufacturer in relation to a dispute with an Indian Soil company. The proceedings were under the auspices of the ICC with a London seat and English law applying.
  • Advising an Emirati conglomerate against its co-venture with respect to disputes and breaches of a Shareholders' Agreement. The dispute related to the ownership and control of an oil refinery in Libya. The matter was resolved via ICC arbitral proceedings in Paris.
  • Advising a Spanish subcontractor in relation to a dispute arising of a manufacture and supply contract in relation to an infrastructure project in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising a UAE company with respect to a potential ICC arbitration concerning a put and call option.
  • Counsel for a highly regarded Engineering Firm in a (DIAC) arbitration brought against it by a private developer in relation to claims arising out of the construction of a landmark residential tower in Dubai Marina. The dispute was resolved by mediation in London, the terms of which were favorable to the client.
  • Advising an owner operator in regard to delays and related claims arising in construction of a new deep water drilling rig.
  • Representing an international engineering company in a DIAC arbitration against a Qatari joint venture relating to an infrastructure project in Doha.
  • Advising a US Engineering and Waste Management Company with regard to the set-up of a corporate vehicle in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising a U.S. international firm that provides infrastructure engineering services with regard to claims brought against it by the Ministry of Public Works.

Professional associations & memberships

  • Beirut Bar Association
  • Society of Construction Law (Gulf)

International arbitration, Construction disputes, Energy

Lebanon, 2004

Legal 500

Education (University):
American University of Beirut (BA) - La Sagesse University, Faculty of Law (LLB) - Lebanese University, Filière Francophone De Droit (DESS), Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution in collaboration with University Paris II - Assas

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