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Ashraf Sayed

Ashraf Sayed

Partner, Head of Real Estate


+971 4 429 2999

Ashraf is Head of Real Estate in Dubai. 

Ashraf has more than 16 years of experience in UAE real estate, and regularly acts for a variety of clients including government entities, foreign and local investors, real estate developers, master developers, HNWI and financial institutions, in sectors including commercial, residential, retail, education, and logistics. 

As one of the UAE’s most prominent real estate lawyers, Ashraf advises on a range of real estate and commercial matters, including real estate developments, Islamic finance and international franchising. He advises on contentious as well as transactional matters including sale and purchase of high value real estate, joint ventures, property management arrangements, real estate finance, property litigation, corporate structuring and all aspects of real estate development from project initiation and site acquisition, to post-project completion and management. Ashraf is ranked in international legal directories as a leading real estate practitioner.

Ashraf also has significant experience on commercial matters and has acted for international and regional franchisors, distributors, hotel operators, developers and service providers in the UAE. He specialises in all forms of strategic and operational joint ventures, franchise, agency and commercial law advice. In particular, Ashraf regularly advises master franchisors regarding their rights and obligations under relevant agreements.

Prior to joining Hadef & Partners, Ashraf worked for a leading international law firm in London. He completed his LLB at Brunel University and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, in the UK, before qualifying as an English Solicitor. He is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu.


  • “Ashraf Sayed heads the team which provides substantial support on real estate transactions, is well qualified and takes a careful approach to the issues.”

    Legal 500, 2023

  • “It is a pleasure to work on deals with Ashraf Sayed, and I would highly recommend him for any real estate transaction.”

    Chambers Global, 2023

  • Recognised as a “Leading individual” for Real Estate

    Legal 500, 2021

  • ‘Ashraf Sayed is an encyclopedia, not only on legal matters but also on commercial aspects. His drafting and negotiation skills are truly magical and he is a true role model to in-house legal professionals.‘

    Legal 500, 2020

  • “Ashraf knows the local market better than anyone else. He really thinks outside the box, doesn’t over-complicate things and gets to the point straight away. His unequalled legal knowledge and sharp commercial acumen is the reason he is my go-to guy for anything to do with real estate”.

    Ali Tumbi, Director, Aqua Properties

  • “When problems arise during the purchase of residential real estate, it might be wise to hire an attorney to help you through the process and look out for your interests. Ashraf Sayed from Hadef & Partners always guided me safely through this process.”

    Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Wuhlert, Managing Director, BMG Group

  • “Ashraf is truly professional, very knowledgeable, super responsive, and consistently reliable. He is a pleasure to work with, and I genuinely appreciate his hard work and relentless dedication in servicing his clients.”

    Wassim Younan, CEO – Middle East, Goldman Sachs