Having graduated with a BA in Law from the University of Aden in 1995, Aref began his career in his native Yemen as a legal advisor and head of loans and facilities at the Yemen Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In 2001, Aref founded his legal practice in Mukalla, Yemen, where he established himself as a prominent legal authority on a range of topic matters.
He has worked in a number of high-profile positions throughout his career including serving various departments of the Hadramout government as the Director of the Real Estate Registry, a legal advisor to the Department of Finance and Legislation and the Director of the State Affairs.
Aref has been accepted into the Yemeni Bar associations in Mukalla, Hadramout, and Sana’a.
Aref joined Bin Haider Advocates and Legal Consultants in 2014. Over two decades of experience and accomplishments, Aref has established himself as a renowned legal expert, specialising in commercial, criminal and civil law, in addition to legal arbitration and consultancy.