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Nabeel Ikram
Nabeel Ikram
Partner — International Construction Disputes
Partner — International Construction Disputes

Nabeel Ikram

Nabeel Ikram

Office 1207 Index Tower
P.O. Box 504945
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

start quote symbolCommentators describe him as having ‘a great intellect’ and add that ‘strategically he is extremely shrewd’; on top of that, he is determined and hard-working. [Chambers Global, 2019]end quote symbol
Nabeel Ikram

Experience Highlights

  • Acting for a contractor on a multi-billion dirham claim in DIAC arbitration proceedings in regard to a high profile mixed-use development in Dubai

  • Acting for an employer in a multi-billion dirham claim in DIAC arbitration proceedings; the matter related to a major infrastructure project in the Middle East

  • Representing a developer in ICC arbitration proceedings in relation to a AED120m extension of time dispute; the project related to twin towers in Dubai

  • Representing a subcontractor in DIAC arbitration proceedings in relation to a AED200m dispute against the main contractor following termination; the project related to a mixed-use development in Dubai comprising of a mall, residences and a hotel

  • Representing an employer in LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to a dispute concerning the refurbishment of an offshore oil production facility in Qatar

  • Acting for an employer in ad hoc arbitration proceedings in respect of claims made by a contractor in relation to an infrastructure project in Dubai

  • Advising and negotiating on behalf of a developer for the contract documentation for a design and build project comprising an office and residential tower in Dubai

  • Reviewing and updating the standard forms of construction contracts for a developer and advising on the same in relation to major infrastructure works in the UAE


  • M.Sc., Construction Law and Arbitration, King’s College London, 2003
  • M.A., Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, St Catherine’s College, 1996
  • Who’s Who Legal, Construction, 2023
  • Legal 500 UK, Real Estate: Construction, 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal, Ranked as a Leading Individual in construction,  2014–2021
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation,  2014–2021 and 2023
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Construction: UAE, “Leading Lawyer,”  2014–2023
  • Chambers Global, Construction: Dispute Resolution (UAE), 2014–2023
  • England and Wales
  • Dubai International Financial Centre Courts