Raya Abu Gulal

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Abu Gulal

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Raya is an award winning, multilingual legal advisor with over 12 years of experience. She founded a boutique legal consultancy in 2012 which focuses on the Middle East market. She advises SME’s and multinationals companies based in the GCC region and clients across US, and Europe on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters focusing on, establishing businesses, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, employment, compliance/regulatory filings and general corporate matters.

Prior to setting up her legal consultancy, Raya worked for two leading International Law Firms Simmons&Simmons and Reed Smith.

Raya regularly speaks at global conferences, seminars and roundtables. She won an award in 2017 and has been named “Legal Consultant” of the Year by the Arab Woman Awards. Raya is also active in various women development initiatives in the MENA region and Founding member of the Women Lawyers Group-Middle East. Raya was appointed as an advisor for the Middle East, for the Diplomatic World Institute (Brussels).

Raya holds an LLB law degree from the University of Westminster and completed a LPC from the College of Law in London. She fluent in Arabic, Dutch and English.


7 reviews 5.00
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  • Taj Algaaod 5.00
    August 29, 2023

    Raya definitely deserves this award. She’s the most professional and knowledgeable lawyer I’ve met. Due to her legal expertise she’s able to help me with any legal matter. She’s extremely trustworthy and deserves this.

  • Nicole van der Draaij 5.00
    August 15, 2023

    Without any doubt, the best in what she does!! Raya definitely deserves this award.

  • Gulizar Jonian 5.00
    August 5, 2023

    I have known Raya since 2010, Raya is an excellent legal professional who knows the law well. She did an exceptional job with various legal matters in Abu Dhabi. She also dedicated her time to causes she believes in. Such as empowering other women and helping women in need. This nomination is well deserved!

    Gulizar Jonian
    Chairwoman, International Business Women Group- Abu Dhabi

  • Yazen Yazen 5.00
    July 8, 2023

    I had the pleasure of working with Raya on a complex financial dispute. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the law, and she was able to quickly grasp the complex facts of my case. She was also very strategic in her approach, and she was able to develop a winning strategy that ultimately resulted in a favorable settlement for my client.

    In addition to her legal expertise, Raya is also a great communicator. She is able to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and concise way, and she is always available to answer my questions. She is also very compassionate, and she was always there to support me throughout the legal process.

    I highly recommend Raya to anyone who is looking for a great lawyer with outstanding industry knowledge. She is a skilled advocate who will fight tirelessly for your rights.

  • Saif Badr 5.00
    July 8, 2023

    Indispensable, internationally trusted and highly professional.

  • Arwa Ibrahim 5.00
    July 8, 2023

    As I had the privilege of working closely with Raya, I have witnessed her exceptional abilities, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the field of law.
    And as a legal professional, Raya exemplifies the highest standards of excellence, her profound knowledge of laws, sharp analytical skills, and meticulous attention to details have consistently positioned her as a standout practitioner.

    In addition to her professional achievements, Raya is deeply committed to making a positive impact on society. Beside is her exceptional leadership skills, she has consistently demonstrated the ability to inspire and motivate her colleagues, fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment. Her supportive nature, coupled with her strong communication skills ensure that everyone feels valued and empowered to contribute their best

  • Sabrina Amiar 5.00
    July 6, 2023

    As the founder of a boutique legal consultancy focusing on the Middle East market, Raya has made a significant impact on the industry. Her visionary approach and commitment to diversity and inclusion have inspired others in the field.
    Raya's active involvement in women development initiatives in the MENA region showcases her dedication to empowering others: Raya actively participates in various women development initiatives in the MENA region. By mentoring and supporting aspiring female professionals, Raya is paving the way for a more inclusive and diverse future.

    With an LLB law degree and fluency in Arabic, Dutch, and English, Raya possesses the skills and knowledge to excel in her profession and her multilingual capabilities enable her to bridge cultural gaps and navigate cross-border legal matters with ease. Overall, her exceptional leadership qualities and contributions to the legal profession make her a true role model for aspiring legal professionals.

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