Real Estate & Construction

Leaders In Real Estate & Construction Law

Real Estate & Construction Legal Expertise in Saudi Arabia

Offices in Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam

Commercial real estate and construction projects are some of the most common economic activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Issues often arise due to complex ownership structures, changing legislation, project delays, bankruptcies before completion of projects, and contractual disputes.

AlGhazzawi & Partners is well-positioned to provide legal support covering all aspects of commercial real estate and construction projects. For over 50 years, we have been advising investors, developers, government bodies, investment funds, REITs, financial institutions, landlords, and tenants on all aspects of real estate and construction law. Our team has the foresight and relevant insights to help you conduct business in the Kingdom with confidence and increase your chances of success.

Extensive Knowledge of Commercial Real Estate Law

We have assisted both domestic and international clients on all aspects of real estate including purchase and sale, financing and refinancing, foreclosures, leases, zoning issues, title examinations, title disputes, closings, and managing the relationship with regulatory authorities and other stakeholders involved in development projects including under the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) model.

Commercial real estate projects often require a law firm with strong knowledge in other areas of law. As a full-service business law firm, we have the expertise to address far-reaching legal concerns involving real estate transactions and disputes in the Kingdom. These can involve contract negotiation and drafting, tax strategies, procurement strategies, employment concerns, regulatory approvals, environmental assessments, alternative dispute resolution, litigation, and other ongoing support for complex legal challenges you may face in real estate and construction matters.

Our lawyers are extremely well versed in tax-effective and appropriate corporate structures for real estate ventures and in special considerations involving industrial cities, special economic zones, reservations, and concessions.

About Our Real Estate and Construction Practice Group

As a leading Saudi law firm with over five decades of experience, we are proud of our active role in the unprecedented growth of real estate development in the Kingdom. Our team has advised on thousands of real estate matters involving some of the Kingdom’s largest transactions and projects. We continue to be the preferred and trusted legal advisors to some of the most prolific real estate investors and developers in the Region and around the world.

Notable Real Estate & Construction projects include:

  • Advising a UAE bank and a Kuwaiti real estate conglomerate on their USD $3.2 billion investment in 8 towers in the City of Makkah.
  • Aiding Jazan Economic City Land Limited and MMC International, a Malaysian company, on various matters related to the development and financing of Jazan Economic City.
  • Advising Jeddah Development & Urban Regenerating Co. (JDURC), the commercial arm of the Municipality of Jeddah on setting up tenders to invite international consortia in developing various real estate projects known as Jeddah East; Jeddah Cultural and Social Centre, a 170,000 square meters Corniche to be rehabilitated and renovated and the Khozam Palace, a 690,000 square meters land in reviewing and advising on the relevant requests for proposals, information memoranda, the development agreements and the joint venture agreements and supervising the required legal due diligences, including advice on the tender process and all regulatory matters.
  • Advising Al-Balad Al Ameen Development and Urban Regeneration, the real estate arm of the Makkah Municipality, on the formation of several urban development companies, involved in the development of several slums in Makkah Al Mukarramah, increase and entry of new shareholders and conversion of these companies to closed joint-stock companies, including drafting the shareholders’ agreement, in Makkah Al Mukarramah.
  • Aiding Saudi Investment Group & Marketing Co. Ltd. (SIGMAC), on a number of development projects, including: Mixed-use project on Sultan Street, Jeddah, Arabian Business Centre, a nine-story commercial building on Prince Mohammed Street in Dammam, Al-Waha Mall in Dammam, Millennium Centre in Jeddah, a commercial building with a built-up and lettable area of around 9,000 square metres.
  • Advising Jabal Omar Development Company, on the second biggest rights issue in Saudi Arabia in the total amount USD $688 million. Our services included advising on numerous issues relating to the slum areas in Makkah, and the public offering of the shares; the complexity of the transaction involved issues related to the property which most of the Makkah residents encounter in this Holy City.
  • Advising a major closed joint-stock company on the development of an area of 1.7 million square meters in Makkah Al Mukarramah city including drafting the shareholders’ agreement, forming the company and increasing the capital of the company;
  • Aiding a municipal company with several disputes over the partnership with the private sector and the liability of the municipal companies for the early termination of the development projects contracts and withdrawal of projects, in Makkah Al Mukarramah.
  • Working with the Eastern Province Municipality in rendering comprehensive advice for forming a public company for executing a huge real estate development project for beautification of Dammam’s waterfront beach.
  • Advising a municipal company, a subsidiary of the commercial arm of the Municipality of Makkah, on its development of 6.6 million square meters of land in Makkah city.

Construction – Notable Credentials:

  • Acting for AL-Latifia Trading and Contracting Company, a leading large sized contracting company in its dispute with one of its subcontractors, a subsidiary of a UAE based construction conglomerate covering MEP works, for two of its customers, namely, General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) Hilton Group in Riyadh with claims and counterclaims exceeding USD $240 Million. The Arbitral Panel awarded Al-Latifia a sum in excess of USD $80 Million.
  • Defending a Saudi power supplier in an ICC arbitration over a dispute arising out of the construction of a power plant;
  • Representing a Saudi leading mega power plant construction and general contracting company on an arbitration case before the International Court of Arbitration of International Chamber of Commerce (Paris) in defending the client and filing a counterclaim of USD $25.66 million against the claimant on the principles of Sharia law and the laws of Saudi Arabia, which governed the contractsbetween the parties.
  • Advising two Saudi leading contractors, as a co-counsel, about their dispute with a leading mega foreign contractor over the assignment and/or subcontract ofan EPC contract of mega public transport project in Riyadh city, in accordance with the shareholders agreement concluded between them; the value of this EPC contract was in excess of USD $5.9 billion, successfully attending before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Geneva, Switzerland, as an expert on the administrative law in Saudi Arabia, and prepared several expert statements requested by the International Court of Arbitration about the project owner’s authority to exempt a contractor from the subjection to any of the administrative law provisions, under government project contracts.
  • Advising a Singaporean Multinational in their dispute with a local contractor over construction of a large-sized industrial plant with claim amounts in excess of SAR 75 million. Negotiated an amicable settlement between the parties.

Infrastructure – Notable Credentials:

  • Advising a Spanish-Saudi consortium on its USD $8.25 billion Phase 2 of the Haramain High Speed Railway Project connecting the two Holy cities of Mecca and Medina via Jeddah and advising on its overall transaction management in Saudi Arabia and on Sharia law; advising on all contractual aspects of the project beginning from assisting the prime contractor with the bid preparation to pre-qualification and later with the execution – a multi-billion US dollar transaction that required heavy involvement from our commercial and corporate team including but not limited to negotiations on behalf of the client with government ministries and authorities;
  • Advising a leading Chinese railway construction company as the main contractor on a USD $2 billion Mecca Metro Project (Al-Mashaaer Al-Muqaddassah Metro) on all its legal issues relating to the Mega Project, drafting various agreements and contracts and coordinating and liaising on behalf of the company with all concerned ministries and agencies.

Contact Our Real Estate and Construction Legal Team

No matter the complexity or time-sensitive nature of your real estate and/or construction project, our lawyers have the experience and knowledge to help protect your interests. With offices located in Jeddah, Dammam, and Riyadh, we provide real estate and construction legal services to domestic and international clients across the Kingdom. Contact us to book a consultation.

Key Contacts

Dr. Belal T. Al Ghazzawi

Dr. Belal T. Al Ghazzawi

Senior Managing Partner

Hussam T. Al Ghazzawi

Hussam T. Al Ghazzawi

Managing Partner

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Offices Across The Kingdom

Dammam Office

AlGhazzawi Business Tower, 8th Floor
Prince Muhammad Street
P.O. Box 381, Dammam 31411
T: +966 13 8331611
F: +966 13 8331981

Jeddah Office

Jeddah Commercial Centre, 3rd Floor
Al Maady Street, Corniche Al Hamra
P.O. Box 7346, Jeddah 21462
T: +966 12 6531576
F: +966 12 6532612

Riyadh Office

King Faisal Foundation, North Tower, 4th Floor
King Fahd Road
P.O. Box 9029, Riyadh 11413
T: +966 11 4632374
F: +966 11 4627566