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SHAIKH FAHIM BIN SULTAN AL QASIMI

Founding Chairman

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Shaikh Fahim, founding Chairman of Qasimi Law Partners (QLP MENA), began his legal career in the 1970s as a legal consultant and litigator for companies doing business in the UAE. He left the full-time practice of law to serve the UAE federal government for over three decades before returning to private law practice in 2006.

Shaikh Fahim’s distinguished career includes serving as the UAE Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva (1976 to 1980), the UAE Ambassador to the United Nations in New York (1980 to 1984), and the UAE Ambassador to Canada (1980 to 1984; non-resident posting).

In 1993, Shaikh Fahim became the first Emirati to be appointed Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The former President and founding father of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (God bless his soul), nominated him for the post, which he subsequently held until 1996.

From 1996 to 2005, Shaikh Fahim held the position of UAE Minister of Economy & Commerce. During that time, he was also a member of the UAE Council of Ministers; a period notable for its rapid expansion of the economy of the UAE. During his tenure as Minister, Shaikh Fahim’s executive team successfully negotiated dozens of key agreements and treaties between the UAE and foreign governments, and he lead major UAE and GCC business delegations charged with delicate negotiations worldwide, including Japan, China, the USA, North Africa, European Union nations and Australia.

During his final two years in the UAE Cabinet, Shaikh Fahim headed the Ministry of Supreme Council and GCC Affairs, where his responsibilities included coordinating with the highest federal authorities on the political, legal and economic agenda items and concerns of the UAE federation.


EDUCATION

LL.B., Cairo University, 1974

M.A., International Politics, John Hopkins University, Washington, DC, 1977


MEMBERSHIP

International Bar Association (IBA)


ASSOCIATIONS

UAE Golf Federation – Chairman
Arab Golf Federation – Chairman

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