Middle East


The Middle East has a range of quality local and international firms that offer rewarding international career experiences, often without a requirement for language skills.  The political shifts with the Arab Spring have not materially dampened the recruitment market, with activity in energy, oil and gas, construction, infrastructure, projects and project finance continuing. 

While opportunities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi remain at a consistent level to last year, the destination to watch is Qatar where development is on a fast track leading up to the 2022 World Cup. Pockets of activity remain in other centres including Bahrain and several international firms have commenced operations in North Africa.

While there are some growth roles, firms also recruit to replace staff, as many lawyers make the Middle East a career stop for only two to four years. Generally the quality of lawyers sought is consistent with that of the UK, including large firm training, excellent technical ability and first class academic results.

For more information on opportunities in the UAE please contact one of our international consultants.

Melbourne on 61 3 9629 2111 melb@mahlab.com.au

Sydney on 61 2 9241 1199 syd@mahlab.com.au