Ayah Abdin is an employment law specialist and advises multinational groups with operations in the Middle East and Middle East-headquartered businesses on all aspects of employment and labour law issues. She regularly presents to clients and HR professionals on a variety of employment law topics.

Ayah is a native Arabic speaker, has spent more than 15 years in the UAE and regularly advises clients in both languages.

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  • Advising on the placement of employees and consultants in Middle East jurisdictions.
  • Defending labour law matters for numerous clients in the UAE, both onshore and in the region’s free zones, including those involving arbitrary dismissal, unpaid benefits and breaches of contract.
  • Assisting clients with restructures, senior executive terminations and exit strategies.
  • Managing a wide variety of free zone and onshore labour litigation matters covering all types of employment law claims.
  • Assisting clients with investigating internal complaints, grievances and the implementation of corrective action within organisations.
  • Advising clients on appropriate disciplinary actions, implementing policy changes, and instilling operational and compliance changes.
  • Analysing claims relating to misconduct, discrimination and harassment, employee disabilities and leaves, and wage and overtime issues.


  • The University of Law, L.P.C., 2021
  • BBP University, G.D.L., 2019
  • Paris-Sorbonne University, Undergraduate Degree, Law and Political Sciences, 2015


  • England and Wales, 2021


  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

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