How to run shipping business in UAE under maritime law ?

It is said to be an area of law that is not very common but very necessary for the shipping industry and all that is carried out in the water. Maritime law which is also seen as Admiralty law is said to be a body of laws, convention, and treaties that governs private maritime business and other nautical matters, such as shipping or acts that occur on open water. Simply put it can be called the law of the sea.


Our qualified lawyers have expertise in the following maritime matters:

  • Drafting maritime contracts, reviewing investments and providing legal assistance;
  • Drafting contracts for the sale, purchase, and building of vessels;
  • Marine insurance;
  • Issues arising out of maritime pollution;
  • Seizure of vessels before or after applying for a case;
  • Appeal against seizure of a vessel and its release.


Approx. 90% of the world’s commerce is covered by maritime trade accounts due to the reason that it is the most cost-effective mode of transport when it comes to a large volume of goods. The UAE seaports are an essential sector that adds a major value to maritime trade, as it derives both economic growth as well as development in the region. In UAE there are several seaports including Jebel Ali, Zayed Port, Khalifa Port, etc.

The ports in UAE account for almost 61 % (percent) of the cargo destined for GCC states of Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc. and these cargos arrive through the UAE. The country boasts of 12 commercial trading ports separate from the oil ports, containing 310 berths and a cargo tonnage of 80 million tons.

Legal advice on Maritime Laws 

Our team of legal experts is always ready to dispense up-to-date and highly relevant legal advice on maritime law to local individuals in UAE and international clients engaged in the Emirates’ industry. We focus on high service quality by paying close attention to our clients.

Our team possesses in-depth knowledge and insight into maritime law. The team is exceptionally skillful and it is updated over recent enactments and administrative prerequisites issued for this industry. With the help of forward-thinking research, persevering collaboration, experience, and specific involvement in the said area of law, our team helps the clients in achieving the desired results.

Our different approaches and attitude toward our clients empower us to offer our customers the best suitable advice on all issues identified with maritime law, sea transportation, insurance of ships, and maritime litigation cases in the country. Our dedication to our cases and our commitment to our clients assist them in achieving their maritime business efficiency goals as we offer proficient legal assistance to smoothen your business contracts and processes along with careful consideration towards arbitration or litigation in any specific maritime matter.

High assistance quality

We emphasize high assistance quality while closely considering the needs of our clients, when you approach us with your problems related to maritime law, you will find us listening intently. Combined with thorough research, this quality makes our case advice on point and supremely relevant. With an exhaustive examination, we provide defense guidance on point and remarkably pertinent.

There are some national Laws and ministerial decrees notwithstanding the federal Maritime Code regarding the vessel enrolment, maintenance, and limitations on the exercises of the unfamiliar flag holding vessel and order of port exercises as per the port statute. These are likewise appropriate in each Emirate.

UAE Laws and Legal Expertise

In UAE, one cannot enroll a vessel without 100% shareholding of a local individual or an organization having a local shareholder possessing 51% of shares in the company. In any event, if the vessel is sold to a company or an individual in a foreign country the registration of such vessel in the country will be dropped.

The government in UAE doesn’t allow an unfamiliar proprietor to get his vessels enlisted in the country. Hence, the proprietor of any vessel organization must have the citizenship of the UAE. The foregoing are some complicated issues that can be advised by a Maritime Law Firm established in Dubai (UAE) as they will assist you on the legal issue by helping you in understanding the maritime laws of the UAE.

As a leading maritime law firm, we take pride in providing major and developing businesses in maritime law to seek justice and enforce their rights through comprehensive legal services and advisory.