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Abdul wahab Al-Halabi

Decker & Halabi

Partner

Decker & Halabi

Dubai, AE

Abdul wahab Al-Halabi

Biography

Abdul wahab Al-Halabi is an entrepreneur, advisor, restructuring expert and Partner at Decker & Halabi. As Partner at the boutique advisory firm, Abdul wahab applies his knowledge and expertise gained from over 20 years in executive management, restructuring, crisis & debt management, credit enhancements and joint ventures.

Decker & Halabi specialises in debt advisory and consulting on mergers and acquisitions. Abdul wahab sits on the board of several listed entities and private businesses such as DXB Entertainments PJSC, Union Properties PJSC, TPL Properties, AbFab Limited and Embassy Capital Limited. Previously, he has held multiple senior leadership roles, largely leading companies through turnaround situations and subsequent growth. As Group Chief Investment Officer of Equitativa, he led the expansion of the group’s financial services and asset management across a range of industries.

Abdul wahab was responsible for the financial turnaround of major holding company Meraas, where he served as COO and Group Chief Investment Officer. He handled asset management, special investments and oversaw the group’s international portfolios, while managing the daily operations and developing new governance structures.

Before this, Abdul wahab was CEO of Dubai Properties, where he established project ownership and the company’s commercial division after three major groups merged into one. He was pivotal in leading Mizin Real Estate through the 2008 financial crisis and previously joined Tatweer as Chief Operating Officer of their leisure and entertainment businesses, which included the Dubailand project. Abdul wahab sat on the board of Global Investment House PJSC focusing on the turnaround of the group and as CEO for two years, on the sale of the group to KAMCO PJSC. He began his career in London at KPMG, where he worked in corporate recovery before later becoming a Partner at the firm and leading the restructuring and transactions in the UAE and Oman.

Abdul wahab Al-Halabi’s Background

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Decker & Halabi
Partner
Jan 2018 - Present
Dubai, AE
Decker & Halabi is a global boutique advisory firm that specialises in debt advisory as well as mergers and acquisitions. Decker & Halabi aims to tailor their strategies according to their clients’ goals in order to provide personalised service that is both collaborative and precise.
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AbFab Limited
Director
Oct 2011 - Present
Dubai, AE
AbFab Limited is a food and beverage company based outside of the United Arab Emirates.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Board Member
Jun 2020 - Present
Dubai, AE
Established in 1987, Union Properties is a leading high-quality United Arab Emirates property developer. The company has successfully delivered over 10,000 commercial, residential and retail units across Dubai. The company's successful portfolio includes Index Tower, UP Tower, Dubai Autodrome, Limestone House, Uptown Mirdif and Green Community.
Chairman of The Board
Dec 2014 - Present
Dubai, AE
Dubai Parks and Resorts is the largest integrated leisure and theme park in the Middle East. It boasts over 100 rides and attractions and consists of three different theme parks, one water park as well as a retail and dining park called Riverland Dubai in addition to a family resort, Lapita Hotel Dubai.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

Vice Chairman of The Board
Jan 2017 - Mar 2019
Dubai, AE
Planet Pharmacies is a joint endeavour between Global Investment House, a leading Kuwait-based investment firm (now Kamco Invest) and Julphar Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest manufacturers of generic drugs in the region that is based in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates.
Board Member
Jun 2012 - Jun 2016
Dubai, AE
Emirates REIT is a Sharia-compliant, closed-end, domestic and public real estate investment trust that focuses on a range of investments, from commercial to residential and retail.

Media

How we will evolve as entrepreneurs in the current situation
Jul 2020
Dubai, AE
Abdul wahab held an insightful session for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization UAE on how entrepreneurs will evolve during the global pandemic.
Interviewee
May 2020
Dubai, AE
David J. Burns MBE, CEO of the English Business Council, interviews Abdul on the impact of COVID-19 on consumer-facing businesses.

Accreditation

Fellow (Chartered Accountant)
1999
London, UK
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has over 147,000 members. Over 15,000 of these members live and work outside the UK. 82 of FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on the board.

Publications

Author
Apr 2020
Dubai, AE
Abdul shares a survival kit for entrepreneurs during COVID-19, especially those involved in consumer-facing businesses that have been more severely impacted than other industries. He encourages entrepreneurs to reflect on how they will contribute to the new business climate and explores four points on how to successfully navigate a crisis.

Memberships

Member
London, UK
The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment is an association for finance professionals around the world. The organisation ensures that all members comply with the codes of conduct and ethical guidelines while working in the securities and investment sectors.
Member
Dubai, AE
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is an international association of business owners from over 60 countries. It is a platform for entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, network and support new ventures.

Abdul wahab Al-Halabi’s Education

Executive MBA, Economics
2003 - 2005
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London School of Economics
Bachelor of Science in Economics
1993 - 1996