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  • Rania Tadros

    Rania Tadros
    Managing Partner, Dubai

    Energy & infrastructure, Maritime

    T. +971 4 307 6000
    M. +971 554 659 886
    D. +971 4 307 6046

Rania is Managing Partner of the firm’s Dubai office. She joined the firm as a trainee and qualified in London in 2000, before relocating to Dubai in 2013. She became Managing Partner the following year. Rania has over 20 years’ experience in shipping/offshore energy disputes as well commercial support to companies in the shipping and offshore sectors.

Rania is interested in all contentious and commercial matters with a particular focus on anything with a Middle East flavour. She likes to understand her client’s business so that she can offer first class legal support as and when it is needed. Of particular interest is the energy and offshore industry and she is closely involved with a number of the world’s largest providers of offshore support services She also specialises in issues arising in construction contracts and has advised on numerous related disputes.

Rania’s experience extends to regularly advising clients on matters arising from utilisation of vessels and offshore structures, limiting and excluding liability, contractual disputes and providing general legal support to companies operating in the maritime field.

She has also recently been involved in numerous significant debt collection cases leading to bankruptcy applications being made before UAE Courts under the UAE Bankruptcy Law.

Highlight Matters

Energy – contentious

  • Representing owners of OSV vessels in their disputes with a shipyard arising out of the termination of numerous construction contracts, to include oversight of the arbitration proceedings in Dubai and mediation.

Energy - non contentious:

  • Advised Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP) in relation to a 10 year time charter party and drafting LNG storage and regasification agreement with Excelerate Energy Middle East LLC (Excelerate), with a contract value of approximately US$450m. Assisted in the negotiations and drafting of this detailed and technically complex charterparty with the Owners and their legal advisors.  

Shipping - contentious:

  • Advising on charter party and bill of lading disputes arising in the Middle East.
  • Numerous - obtaining arrest orders and releasing vessels from arrest in the UAE.
  • Involved in numerous debt collection matters leading to making bankruptcy application before the UAE Courts and obtaining the first Bankruptcy Order from the UAE Court under the Bankruptcy Act. 
  • Acting for Shipowners seeking to enforce an English Court Judgment against a company based in the UAE through the DIFC Courts as a conduit jurisdiction. This led to a landmark decision by the UAE Judicial Tribunal with respect to the jurisdiction of the DIFC vs Dubai Courts.

Shipping - non-contentious:

  • Review of charterparties for Ship owners and charterers on various BIMCO and bespoke forms.
  • Drafting standard terms and conditions for the supply of LNG bunkers.
  • Advising on suitable law and jurisdiction and conducting an analysis of applicable law and seats for major players in the Middle East.
  • Advising on status of Qatari sanctions and particular circumstances arising.

Legal Directory Quotes

"fantastic" and "one of the best maritime lawyers in Dubai."  Chambers & Partners
"helpful in every way."  Chambers & Partners

What you may not know about Rania

I enjoy understanding my client’s business so that I can provide bespoke, helpful support – whether it is to dispute resolution or analysing their commercial relationships and contracts.

Energy & infrastructure, Maritime


Chambers & Partners

Education (University):
King's College, London

English, Arabic (spoken)