Daniel Xu


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Daniel is a construction and dispute resolution specialist based in Dubai. He is a Singapore qualified lawyer and also holds full rights of audience at the DIFC Courts. Daniel is listed as an accredited arbitrator on the panel of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and sits as arbitrator for DIFC-LCIA.

Daniel focuses on international arbitration and cross border dispute resolution such as construction, engineering and infrastructure related disputes. He also has extensive experience advising international contractors and developers on issues regarding project risk management and dispute avoidance.

He has significant experience representing governments, state owned entities, Fortune 500 companies and major corporations across the Asia Pacific and Middle East in connection with a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Legal 500 mentions Daniel as “primarily notable for construction disputes” who “fills a niche in the market with his Mandarin language abilities and experience working in international firms, meaning he has carved out a strong following of Chinese inbound work into the Middle East” and for his ability to “combine English-language advocacy and Mandarin with clients

Daniel is identified by Thomson Reuters’ Asian Legal Business (ALB) as one of 50 MENA Super lawyers in its 2021 inaugural list and Daniel is also shortlisted as one of the finalists for Young Lawyer of the Year in ALB’s inaugural Middle East Law Awards 2021.

Having lived in the Middle East since 2010, Daniel is familiar with the culture and market conditions unique to this part of the world. He is recognized in various publications as a leading lawyer in trends and matters relating to construction disputes.

Education background

  • LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore

Working languages

English and Chinese

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