Arabian Business reveals the most powerful 100 people in Dubai
Name: Ghassan Aboud
Designation: Founder and chairman
Company: Ghassan Aboud Group (GAG)
Following his short-lived career in media, in 1994, Aboud recognised the potential for international traders in Dubai with the launch of his trading company. Just around three decades later, his small automotive trade venture expanded to become a conglomerate, spanning over 10 countries across several key sectors.
Today at the helm of over 2,500 employees, his Group is based in Dubai with offices in Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Belgium, and Australia across industries spanning retail, hospitality, media, food, digital marketplaces, automotive, and more.
The Group launched Live Point Art Production in 2008, followed by Crystalbrook Collection, a hotel development and management company in Australia, and then Grandiose Supermarket in 2016 with hypermarkets, supermarkets, and convenience stores across the UAE.
He also steered GAG’s foray into digital e-commerce with its B2B marketplace BuyGro launched in 2020 in the UAE which integrates over buyers from cafes, grocery stores, and restaurants.