Ghassan Aboud

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Ghassan Aboud
Native name
غسان عبود
Born (1967-08-04) 4 August 1967 (age 52)
NationalitySyrian, Belgian
EducationDamascus University, Journalism
OccupationEntrepreneur, Philanthropist
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Nahed Nabhan
Parent(s)Mustafa Aboud, Faheema Aboud

Muhammed Ghassan Aboud (Arabic: غسان عبود‎; born 1967) is a Dubai based Syrian entrepreneur, philanthropist and a founding member of the Syrian Business Council.[1] He is mainly known as the founder of Ghassan Aboud Group, the UAE headquartered conglomerate.[2] In 2018, Ghassan Aboud was named in the list of Top 50 Most Influential Expats in the UAE by Forbes Middle East.[3] in 2019, purchased the Byron @ Byron Resort from Gerry Harvey for approximately $42M AUD.

Personal life[edit]

Muhammed Ghassan Aboud[4] was born on August 4, 1967 in the city of Idlib in northern Syria. He is married to Nahed Nebhan and has five children. He completed his Bachelors in Literature with a Major in Journalism from Damascus University,Syria.

Professional life[edit]

He moved to the United Arab Emirates in October 1992 where he first worked in the public relations field before founding the Ghassan Aboud Group in the year 1994.

Ghassan Aboud Group commenced business as a small trader in new automobiles and spare parts. Over the years, he developed the business into a diversified conglomerate engaged in several economic sectors.

In 2018, Ghassan Aboud was named in the list of Top 50 Most Influential Expats in the UAE by Forbes Middle East.[5]


  • 1994 : Ghassan Aboud’s first venture - Ghassan Aboud Cars & Spare Parts.
  • 2008 : Live Point Art Production established for art and TV production.
  • 2008 : Orient News set up to cater to Syrian diaspora in Arab world.
  • 2016 : GA Group Australia was established as a specialized investment entity for the acquisition and development of hospitality assets. In-house hospitality brand Crystalbrook Collection set up as a GA Group entity in Australia.
  • 2017 : Grandiose Supermarket & Catering created.
  • 2017 : Gallega Global Logistics established.[6]
  • 2019 : Purchased the Byron @ Byron Resort from Gerry Harvey for approximately $42Million AUD.


Ghassan Aboud Group[edit]

The Ghassan Aboud Group (GAG) is an international conglomerate operating in industries such as automotive, logistics, media, hospitality, real estate, retail and also bespoke catering. Established in 1994 and headquartered in the United Arab Emirates for about 25 years, GAG’s business operations are complemented by offices in Australia, Belgium, China, Jordan and Turkey.[7][8]

In October 2018, Ghassan Aboud Group was appointed as a distributor for export markets by HPCL Middle East FZCO, subsidiary of Indian public sector petroleum company, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL). Ghassan Aboud Group markets HPCL’s products like auto lubricants, industrial lubricants, asphalt, and solvents in the Middle East region.[9]

It ranked 27th in the UAE's Top 50 Private Companies by Forbes Middle East in its December 2018 publication[10]

Ghassan Aboud Cars & Spare Parts[edit]

The automotive business was established in 1994 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It started as a trading business dealing in vehicles, spare parts and accessories, the company now deals with passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, heavy trucks& equipment, spare parts, lubricants & accessories and offers multi-country trade, with inbound and outbound logistics, storage, value addition, transportation, and documentation.

Over the past 25 years,Ghassan Aboud Cars & Spare Parts has grown into specialists in regional and international automotive supply chain solutions[buzzword] with a market reach of 100+ countries from its global hub in the UAE. It also has facilities in Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD), Abu Dhabi and Dubai and additional hubs in Belgium and Jordan.

Currently, the auto business employs 350 staff across the various locations.[11]

Crystalbrook Collection[edit]

Ghassan Aboud established the Crystalbrook Collection, as an in-house hospitality management company in 2016 through acquisitions of hotel properties in Australia. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, almost $600 million has been made to date for the acquisitions and development of hospitality assets in Australia.[12] It has three 5 star hotel projects - Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel and Flynn, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel scheduled for completion by 2019, along with Crystalbrook Lodge, Little Albion guest house in Sydney, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and a 90 foot vessel anchored in Port Douglas, Queensland named MV Bahama.[13].

In 2018, he was named Leading International Hospitality Investor for his investments into Crystalbrook Collection, Australia.[14]

Live Point Art Production[edit]

Established in 2008, Live Point Art produces news, socio-political, current events programs with a focus on the Arab region. They supply the programs to both foreign and Arabic channels. The programs include news reports, various broadcasts, studio and live window services along with entertainment programs like drama and film production, TV shows, dubbing, subtitling and distribution. Headquartered in Dubai - United Arab Emirates, it has branches in both Jordan and Istanbul.[15]

Ghassan Aboud awarded Entrepreneur of the Year

Orient Media[edit]

In 2008, he established Orient News, a satellite channel based out of UAE. Orient TV broadcasts news, current affairs and general entertainment programmes to the GCC, Levant, and parts of North Africa. Known for its objective coverage, the channel offers a mix of programs that include current affairs, news, culture, and entertainment.[16]

Orient Radio is an Arabic radio-station broadcasting varied content; news, economic, sports, social shows, and Arabic music.

Orient Training Center was launched in 2018 as a specialized training center based in Dubai, Istanbul & Amman, providing short-term courses in media and production fields such as TV presenting, radio anchoring, journalism, documentary, directing etc. in a real T.V and production house environment.[17]

Grandiose Supermarkets & Catering[edit]

Established in 2017, Grandiose is a retail brand with a chain of niche supermarkets and catering outlets in UAE.[18] There are five outlets in Dubai and Abu Dubai with plans to open 20 more stores in the near future. Grandiose Catering is a specialized catering division providing catering solutions[buzzword] for retail, corporate and outdoor catering needs.

In December 2018, Grandiose Catering was awarded the “Catering Company of the Year” at the 2018 Leaders in F & B Awards held in Dubai.[19]

Gallega Global Logistics[edit]

Established in 2017,Gallega Global Logistics provides End-to-End logistics solutions[buzzword] to 3PL customers in the UAE and the region. In May 2018,a 275,000 square metres logistics facility was established in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), Abu Dhabi to cater as a full-scale automotive logistics facility with vehicle storage yard, warehouses, workshops, offices, body shop and PDI facility.[20]

Pastoral Business[edit]

Ghassan Aboud Group has invested in the pastoral business in Australia with land holding of 35,000 hectares with a carrying capacity of 2,500 breeders. The milk and meat produced will be supplied to customers and also for GAG’s hospitality business.[21]

Awards and honors[edit]

Year of Award or Honor Name of Award or Honor Awarding Organization
2019 Ranked #27 in Forbes Middle East Billionaires List[22] Forbes Middle East
2018 Top 50 Most Influential Expats in the UAE[23] Forbes Middle East
2018 Top 50 companies in UAE[24][25] Forbes Middle East
2018 Leading Hospitality Investor[26] BNC Publishing
2018 Catering Company of the Year - Grandiose Catering[27] F & B Awards
2018 Excellence in International Business[28] Entrepreneur - Enterprise Agility Awards
2018 No. 1 on the Power 50 List of the Most Influential People in TNQ (Queensland) by The Cairns Post[29] Cairns Post
2017 Ranked first by the Australian publication Tropic Now in their 2017 Power 50 list[30] Tropic Now
2017 GA Group’s Cairns CBD developments impress Australian Prime Minister[31] Tropic Now
2015 The Global Gift Philanthropreneur Award[32] Global Gift Foundation


Ghassan Aboud established Orient for Human Relief[33] in 2012[34] to provide medical, educational, and social services to the millions of Syrians that have been displaced or injured in the Syrian conflict. The organization receives doctors from international organizations such as the Syrian American Medical Society, USAID, and Hand in Hand International from the United Kingdom.

In 2015, he received the Global Gift Foundation’s Philanthropreneur Award in recognition of his humanitarian work.[35]

Political activities[edit]

Ghassan Aboud[36][37][38] does not belong to any political parties.


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  36. ^ certificate of congressional recognition-event for peace
  37. ^ certificate of recognition-anaheim city
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