Fareya Azfar



+971 56 7058483








    • England & Wales
    • Pakistan
    • United Arab Emirates

Practice Focus

    • Arbitration
    • Cross-Border Litigation
    • Structured Capital
    • Joint venture, structure, exits


Fareya is a dual-qualified arbitration lawyer and an English solicitor, with over 10 years of legal practice experience in the UAE, and expertise in both civil and common law jurisdictions. 

Her practice spans multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution procedures, she represents and advises clients in domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters involving contentious joint venture termination, shares sale and valuation, minority shareholder claims, commercial maritime, oil and gas, and construction disputes.

She gained significant experience in handling arbitration matters while representing individuals investors in the real estate sector in Dubai. Since 2010, she has acted as a party representative in over 200 arbitration cases and ADR proceedings. 

She specializes in corporate litigation and related advice on strategy, risk management & issues of corporate governance with a particular focus on shareholder & boardroom disputes, contested transactions, and contentious & non-contentious restructuring. 

Fareya is an expert in comparative law. She is committed to international litigation and arbitration and coordination of worldwide law firms to find the best talents her clients need. Usually, her litigation or arbitration in the UAE is a parallel to foreign proceedings for the same client.

Fareya is a member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. After spending years practising with HADEF & Partners and key English law firms, she founded Fareya Araoui law firm in 2018.

She has multiple language skills in English, Urdu, Arabic, and French.






Peer Recognition

Lawyer of the Year – DIFC AOL [Nomination]

Highly Commended, Corporate Counsel Awards

Named to 30 under 30 list

YOUNG BOLD & DYNAMIC, The Oath Magazine

“She showed a unique example of excellence and cooperation. Comparing the service she provided to the others we are dealing with; we can classify her as “Outstanding” ABU DHABI COMMERCIAL BANK, PRIVATE EQUITY



Work Highlights

Fraud and Internal Corporate Investigation

Investigated a private limited company incorporated under the laws of England & Wales on suspicions of tax evasion, related property transactions, falsification of statements, directors’ misconduct, and IP embezzlement. Advised the instructing party on immediacy and strategy of reporting to The Insolvency Service and regulatory compliance. 

Construction, Water Plant

Advised a global market leader in the field of water-based power and energy solutions, concerning the performance and closet out of works under an EPC contract for the region’s largest Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant in RAK. Issues in dispute involved: decennial liability; delays in submissions of claims; paid when paid vs paid if paid clauses; defects liability period and partial takeover of works; and output targets for the specific RO technology. 

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

Represented a dry bulk cargo company in enforcing two court orders of English Courts in the UAE through the conduit of the DIFC Courts.