Based in the United Arab Emirates, Aarta Alkarimi is the co-founder of Chrysalis (FZE), a boutique consultancy with affiliate offices in New York. Her practice focuses on dispute avoidance and arbitration with particular expertise in the construction sector.
Prior to forming her own practice, her experience included significant tenures at a well-known specialist construction law firm in New York and two other prestigious American top-tier firms focusing on their Middle East construction and infrastructure practices.
Aarta has acted as arbitration counsel on two geopolitically sensitive trans-national oil and gas pipeline projects in the Europe-Asia region, a waterway infrastructure project in a major Middle Eastern city, some of the most notable high-rise projects in Dubai, various airport projects, university campuses, and luxury hotels across the Middle East.
She is regularly appointed as arbitrator (sole, party appointed or chairperson). She is the recipient of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre’s 2018 “Best Young Arbitrator” award. Aarta is also accredited as a mediator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Aarta is a frequent speaker at various renowned international law conferences with prior engagements in New York; Boston; Washington, DC; Vienna; Tokyo; Buenos Aires; Madrid; Dubai; Athens; and São Paulo.
Aarta currently serves as the senior diversity officer at the International Bar Association’s international projects committee, and was the immediate past co-chair of its project establishment sub-committee.
Aarta is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law in New York City. She is admitted to the New York Bar Association, and has right of audience before the US District Court in the second department (Southern District of New York) and the US Supreme Court.