Through our long-standing local presence, Hourani & Partners has become adept at navigating through the region’s fast evolving and often opaque regulatory landscape. Our attorneys possess a thorough understanding of regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions, and clear insight into the internal processes and procedures of various regulatory bodies within the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and across the region.

Within the public sector Hourani & Partners has advised government bodies in drafting regulations and has supported in the development of private public partnership (PPP) programs. We also provide reliable and informed counsel to local, as well as international private sector clients by conducting regulatory workshops, providing legal opinions, testing and implementing compliance programs, and conducting regulatory risk assessment analysis.

In addition, our firm has developed a niche and unique Customs practice representing multinational companies, distributors and local corporates in matters involving government confiscations, relabeling orders, and fine assessments.

Regulatory bodies our attorneys have worked with include:


  • Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
  • Dubai Financial Services Authority
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Dubai Airport Freezone Authority
  • Dubai Development Authority (and its various subsidiaries)
  • UAE Telecommunications Authority
  • Department of Economic Development
  • UAE Central Bank
  • Ministry of Economy
  • Dubai Media Council
  • Jebel Ali Freezone Authority
  • Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
  • Dubai Design District
  • Dubai Healthcare City
  • Dubai Health Authority
  • Ministry of Health and Prevention
  • Ministry of Energy and Industry
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market
  • Abu Dhabi Health Authority
  • Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone


  • Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority
  • Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority
  • Ministry of Commerce and Investment
  • Capital Markets Authority
  • Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
  • General Entertainment Authority
  • Communications and Information Technology Commission
  • Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
  • Saudi Food and Drug Authority
  • Saudi Ports Authority
  • Ministry of Transportation
  • Ministry of Culture and Information