Hi, and Welcome to JustAnswer, My name isXXXXX am a licensed, practicing Attorney, I have 25 years experience and would be glad to help
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Your rights are all spelled out in the agreement you have with the developer and if the agreement states that it would be constructed as a 5 star hotel, then that is what the developer must do, no questions about it. I cannot give any opinion on the attorney because I do not know him, nor do I know what attorneys command as a fee in Dubai, but $10,000 up front just seems like a lot of money without telling you what he will do for you for that money. So, you might want to consult with other attorneys and see what they have to offer.
Negotiating with the developer may be a good first step, but not worth asking $10,000. I agree that if the agreement obligates the developer to construct a 5 Star type hotel, then you do have an excellent case because the developer is unilaterally changing the terms of your agreement with him and the attorney should be able to cut through all of this in a relatively short time, so again, I believe that the attorney is asking for too much up front with no guarantee. If I were in your position, I would speak to several attorneys so that I could determine if the amount the attorney was asking for was reasonable.
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