The UAE is a melting pot of nationalities, with individuals from all over the world choosing to live in the country. In fact, it is among the few countries in the world where expats outnumber the local population. They contribute significantly to the economy and work...read more
UAE-based businessman Ghassan Aboud tells Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East Editor Roger Field about the latest developments at his company including investing $600 million to establish a chain of hotels in Australia and a further $118 million to develop a new...read more
"Ah, this is a long story!” laughs Ghassan Aboud, when I cheekily ask him to tell me a succinct version of his 25-year-long entrepreneurial journey so far, which, at the moment, sees him at the helm of Ghassan Aboud Group (GAG), a Dubai-headquartered international...read more
The winners of the fourth edition of the Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2018 were announced at the St. Regis Dubai on Sunday, 29 April. The event, organised by BNC Publishing for the fourth consecutive year, saw a record-number of winners, 25 in total, being...read more
Headquarters: Dubai Year established: 1994 Sector Automotive, real estate, media, hospitality and retail The Ghassan Aboud Group (GAG) is an international conglomerate with diversified interests across key industries including automotive, logistics, media,...read more
The Cairns Post newspaper published a news story about Ghassan Aboud’s ongoing "development spree" in Cairns, Queezland, after Mr. Aboud’s Crystalbrook Collection purchased a new prime CBD land in Cairns. The paper said, "the Syrian billionaire, who took out the top...read more
We’re excited to reveal the top 10 most influential people in TNQ for 2017.
There are some big surprises in this final section of both our TropicNow Power 50 List and The Cairns Post’s most influential list.
Don’t forget: the full list will be published in the next edition of Tropic Magazine, due to hit the streets of Cairns early next week.
Crystalbrook Collection will open their new five-star hotel Riley on 6 November in Cairns. Positioned at the northern end of the Cairns waterfront Esplanade, Riley features 311 rooms and suites; three restaurants and bars including Cairns’ highest rooftop bar, Rocco;...read more
Brussels-based Syrian businessman Ghassan Aboud has bought a north Queensland retreat, Crystal¬brook Lodge, as well as a 34,000ha cattle station, as he ¬expands his tourism portfolio further into the state’s rural areas. The billionaire, who made his fortune from the...read more
CRYSTALBROOK Collection has bought the Port Douglas Reef Marina with plans for a $100 million-plus redevelopment including a five-star hotel, luxury apartment complex and new superyacht berths. The company already has more than $370 million invested across three hotel...read more