Dr. Obaid Saqer Busit

Dr. Obaid Saqer Busit is a practising lawyer in Dubai and the UAE and the owner of the law firm Busit Advocates and Legal Consultants, headquartered in Dubai. He is born and raised in Dubai, and remains based in this city and central hub for the Middle East. Busit is married with one child. His fields of legal expertise are Civil  Law, Common Law and Islamic Law, and legal specialisation is in International Trade, Agency and Distribution, Intellectual Property and Arbitration.

Obaid Saqer Busit acquired his undergraduate with honours in law at the UAE University, UAE in 1984;  a Master’s degree in Comparative Law from the University of San Diego, California, USA; and a PhD in Commercial Arbitration from the University of Durham in England in 1991. These qualifications include diplomas in 1985 American Legal System from the University of San Diego, California, USA; and in 1984 LLB Law (Shariah Subsidiary) from the UAE University, UAE. From 1997 until 1999 he was Lecturer at the Legal Institute, Dubai, UAE. From 2001 until 2006 Obaid Saqer Busit lectured for the Faculty of Law at the UAE University. He has written many articles and papers both in Arabic and in the English languages.   

Subsequent to his academic studies, Obaid Saqer Busit acquired his legal license to practise law in the UAE in 1992. He gained renown for his success in noteworthy cases.In the sme year  one of Dr. Busit’s first cases was against the Dubai government Free Zone for US$400 million, which he won. The success of this case actually led him to being elected into a position within the government of Dubai. In 1994-2000 he was made the Director General of Dubai’s Department of Ports and Customs. He was elected to the post of Chairman of the World Customs Organization Council in 2000. From 1998 until 2000 Obaid Saqer Busit was elected WCO Regional Vice chairman of the North Africa, Near and Middle East Region.

Obaid Saqer Busit and his law firm offers high-level and end-to-end full-package legal services for their clients. These include commercial, corporate, customs law and regulation, real estate, investment, labour, and arbitration. In 2007 the firm successfully arbitrated for the Galadari Group within three months, for a case that had been in deadlock since 1985.  The clients of Dr. Busit and his firm have included Benazir Bhutto, the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, and the facilitation of multi-million dollar hotel purchases in Dubai in 2014 for over  US$250 million. As a lawyer Dr. Busit is an reputed arbitration specialist and continues to hold a high reputation in the UAE for his legal capacity and success continued noteworthy and high-value cases. Prominent clients trust him for their legal matters within the UAE.

Selected publications include:

“The applicable law on arbitration agreement under UAE Law”, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2008.

“Courts and Arbitrations”, Cairo University Law Review, 1998.

“Globalization & Middle East challenge and opportunity” Tunis, Published at Harvard University publications, 1997.

“The challenge economic modernization on the Middle East”, Doha, Qatar, published at Harvard University publications, 1997.

“The applicable law on arbitration agreements”, UAE Law Review, 1997.

“The arbitration theories under the common law system”, Dubai Police School of Law Review, 1997.

“The UAE Commercial Agency Law”, Montreal Canada, Institute of International Business Law and Practice, 1994.

Regular articles on “GATT Agreements and WTO”, Published in “Al Bayan Daily Newspaper”, Dubai, UAE.

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