Ghazaleh - MBA, BSc Civil Eng - Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain

Loay Ghazaleh

Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain


MBA, BSc Civil Eng


Loay Ghazaleh, a 1986 Texas A & M Civil Engineer graduate and MBA 2000 Finance discipline from Thunderbird , Arizona is backed by over 22 years diverse experience in government and private businesses spanning several sectors and several countries. Loay is currently is the Advisor to H.E. Undersecretary of Works in the Kingdom of Bahrain with primary focus on major infrastructure and PPP.

Earlier Loay have led several mega mix use green coastal developments in RAK Properties and with Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank / Burooj Properties in UAE and implemented wide variety of industrial projects with Zamil Steel Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects (ADNIP) in addition to wide spectrum of Management Consultancy works earlier.

Loay is active Public Speaker in both the GCC & MENA region on areas of Social Infrastructure / Affordable Housing, PPP / Project Finance, Renewable Energy & Sustainability.

Work History

Advisor - Major Infrastructure & PPP

Ministry of Works - Bahrain -

From January 2010

• Support HE Memberships of National Committees (Urban Planning, Traffic Council; Disaster & Emergency Response, New Economic City; Affordable Housing; Infrastructure, Municipalities)
• RFP / Requisitions & Award reviews to Tender Board (UNCITRAL)
• Advice on National Urban Strategy; Qatar – Bahrain Causeway
• Advice on Sanitary & Roads/ Rail, PPP / PFI setup , contract & tariffs
• Advisor for ISO 9001, HSE, BSC, LEED, Excellence Award Prog.
• Support the formulation of legislative drafts - Highway, PPP acts
• Arbitration / Adjudication cases support to BCDR (AAA / ICC based)

Advisor on Major Infrastructure & PPP

Ministry of Works

January 2010 - January 2010

In advisory capacity and member of the Ministry of Works Internal Audit Committee and PPP theme leader, I provide reviews on Strategy, Budgeting, Arbitration and Mega Projects delivery like Airport New Terminal, Manama Light Rail, Public Private Partnerships (Muharaq STP, Affordable Housing). I’m also engaged thru HE membership in Bahrain Tender Board and various National Committees with exposure to Cabinet / Parliamentary Processes.

Acting GM - Sharjah Marina

Burooj Properties - Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, UAE -

January 2008 - October 2009

• Sharjah Marina is a 15 Billion AED, coastal mix use front of 17.75 Mil ft2 life style & recreational project
• Responsible for project final delivery from planning including all commercial / legal issues & investors
• Signing off of mix use, feasibility, positioning, budget, life cycle costing, business plan & program
• leading complex negotiations with government & other developers for infrastructure, traffic , utilities & PPP
• Setting Investors strategy and deal structuring, - Equity, IPOS / PP / Fund, JVs, Asset Exit & Return
• Procuring services for residential & office units sales, retail / mall leasing & Sharieha compliant hospitality
• Drafting shareholders agreement, development agreement, plot / units sales contracts, terminal sale of assets
• Programming clear phasing to optimize cash flow, minimize debt, JIT infrastructure with focus on completed areas
• Developing niche industry relationships with operators, business partners, consultants and suppliers.
• Oversight on engineering, facility management and iconic towers design / BIM (Building Information Modeling)

Project Development / Acting GM - Sharjah Marina

Burooj Properties - Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Subsidiary

January 2008 - October 2009

Sharjah Marina - Mega Coastal Iconic Development - 4 Billion USD , 17.75 Mil ft2 BUA

Technical Manager - MD & CEO Office


May 2006 - December 2007

• Reporting to MD on all projects issues. Auditing technical briefs & tender documents. Attending on behalf of MD
• Prepared technical briefs & proposed strategy on Hospitality, FM, DC, Property Services, Skuk & Positioning.
• Local & international deal sourcing, investments advise / diligence, development strategies in Real Estate, Hospitality
• RAKP representative / PM on special projects; RAKP Head Quarters, Julfar B+ G+ 43 Twin Towers, Sales Offices
• Commercial & technical advisory role on Mina Al Arrab (10 Bill AED) - planning , infrastructure, architectural & design

Technical Manager - MD & CEO Office

RAK Properties PJSC

May 2006 - December 2007

Mina Al Arrab - Mega Coastal Development w/ 7 Hotels - 2.5 Billion USD & Julffar Twin Towers - 43 Floors - 150 Mil USD

Sr. Manager Projects

شركة العرّاب للمقاولات , Al Arrab Contracting CO - Sharjah, UAE -

October 2005 - April 2006

• Played key role in setting up the UAE branch (Saudi Based), including license, staff recruitment & systems setup.
• Secured the first project (30,000 workers design & built labor camp). Secured approvals & mobilized construction.
• Administered knowledge creation framework including HSE, Operational Procedures, Project Accounting Guidelines

Senior Projects Manager

Al ARRAB CONTRACTING CO -Tameer / Al Rajhi Affiliated

October 2005 - April 2006

Um Al Quwain Labour Camp - 30,000 Accomodation Capacity

Operations Manager - Consulting Division , BES

Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects - Abu Dhabi, UAE -

October 2003 - September 2005

• BES is industrial focused Management Consultancy owned by Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects ( ADNIP)
• Built and maintained core business. Executed re-branding turnaround strategy & expansion setting
• Generated cumulative turnover of 10 Mil AED in 2005 , a net 40% increase, with profit enhancement
• Lead BES team for Al Qudra private placement -550 Mil AED – feasibilities, memorandums & prospectus
• Identified investments feasibilities for ADNIP Group & external Investors use. Negotiated technology transfer & financing.
• Prepared industrial operating policies and procedures manuals. Finished several integrated ISO & HSE projects.
• Supported Senior Consultants with primary & secondary research, financial modeling & reports structuring.

• Successfully Delivered Over 30 high level projects feasibility's in the Heavy / Light Manufacturing (steel wires, steel pipes, PVC & GRP, basalt fiber applications, alum extrusion, tire recycling) , Petrochemicals (LAB, Paraffin, ethanol, ethylene glycol, desalination chemicals), Food Industry (alum cans, gelatin), Pharmaceutical (nonwoven textile), Real Estate (sports stadium , indoors gym) , Services (print shop, industrial simulation academy) , Construction Products (Gabbro stone crusher, cement plant, float , textured glass, geo-textile, HC pre-cast & ready mix concrete, autoclave blocks) and Emergency Response Center.

• Provided advise to Group change management initiative in fitting organizational structure & culture to strategy
• Analyzed ADNIP Group Plants - logistics, supply chain, operations processes efficiencies & quality.

Manager - Industrial & Management Consultancy (BES)

Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects – ADNIP- Company

October 2003 - September 2005

Industrial Feasibilities / Project Financing & Implementation - multi sector

Senior Management Consultant

MMIS Management Consultants - Amman, Jordan -

March 2001 - September 2003

• IRADA is a two years program contracted by Ministry of Planning to MMIS to encourage Jordan / US free trade
• Completed 75 SME startups for IRADA Project & 25 ICT investment opportunities for Jordan Investment Board
• Created kingdom wide SME baseline statistical survey, ISIC coded at the district level. Identified SME gaps.
• Prepared training materials and conducted training to SME advisors in entrepreneurship & financial models.
• Diagnosed problems / provided solutions for SMEs in logistics, inventory management, marketing planning & exports.

Senior Management Consultant - US FTA Program - Irada Project

MMIS Management Consultants

March 2001 - September 2003

Kingdom wide SME Consulting, ICT Investment Proposals to Jordan Investment Board (JIB)

International Business Development

Zamil Steel - Philip., Brazil, India -

July 1996 - December 1998

• Registered branch offices in three countries. Launched high growth business development plans, P & L management.
• Concluded worldwide sales/marketing & Turnkey contracts. Developed Contractors ( Builders) alliances network
• Assessed various South East Asia & India markets business, political / financial risk for PEB satellite plant.

International Business Development - Philippines, India & Brazil

Zamil Steel

July 1996 - December 1998

Establishing Countries Business Units , Industrial Projects Turnkey Delivery

District Sales Manager

International Building Systems Factory Co. Ltd (IBSF) - Riyadh, KSA -

November 1993 - May 1996

• Constantly exceeded area sales & profit targets; Received highest Sales Engineer yearly bonus (Year 95)
• Optimized complex projects estimates. Negotiated supply & erection contracts. Delivered turnkey Projects.

District Sales Manager

International Buildings Systems Factory - ASTRA GROUP

November 1993 - May 1996

Prefabricated Steel Buildings - Factories, Hangers

Deputy Manager Sales

Al Kuhaimi Metal Industries Ltd. - Riyadh, KSA -

December 1990 - October 1993

• Directed 6 sales Engineers & Officers. Increased sales by 35%+ and profitability by 15%. Expanded operations
• Managed big Clients. Approved all sales contracts. Managed 15 erecters & maintenance crew. Client’s relationships & calls.

Deputy Sales Manager

Al-Kuhaimi Metal Industries

December 1990 - October 1993

Technical Sales & Management – Specialized Engineering Doors

Manager Projects

شركة العرّاب للمقاولات , Al Arrab Contracting CO - Riyadh, KSA -

April 1988 - October 1990

• Managed 150 skilled / semi skilled crew , 10 engineers and supervised in-house aluminum & steel workshop
• Delivered low rise residential , medium rise Office buildings & hospital renovation projects on time & budget
• Achieved cost containment, profitability improvement, reduced material cost thru JIT, re-sourcing & alternatives

Projects Manager


April 1988 - October 1990

Hospital revovation projects and low / meduim rise construction

Site Engineer

محافظة قلقيلية | Qalqilia Governorate - Palestine -

January 1987 - March 1988

• Supervised infrastructure & pavement works, multi-story hospital, school, recreational & zoo construction
• Approved, Contractors works & payments , Allocated Municipality resources for city improvements works
• Discussed and agreed with Consultants on the their preferences in line with Municipality regulatory & planning provisions

Projects Manager

Qalqilya Municipality

January 1987 - March 1988

Infrastructure Delivery, Zoo Construction, Surgical Suit and School Buildings, Infrastructure & Roads


Speaker - Feb 2011, Abu Dhabi -2nd ME PPP Summit, Determinants of PPPS Procurement Strategies - MENA

Presentation on MENA Project Finance and PPP Finance Decisions

Loay Presentation on Renewables

Loay Presentation on MENA Renewable Energy Market , risks and industry stakeholders structures

Advisor - Ministry Of Works - Bahrain

Active Public Speaker in both the GCC & MENA region plus a number of PPP projects in Bahrain ( Muharaq STP , 2011 330 Million USD, Affordable Housing Project - 5000 units, 250 Million BD)

Qualifications & Certifications









SGS - ISO 14001:1996

SGS - ISO 14001:1996

Global MBA - Finance

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Interim Study - Computer Science, Engineering

University of Jordan

BSc. Civil Engineering

Texas A&M University

Global MBA

Thunderbird School of Global Management


Texas A&M University

Interim Study

Al-Jami'ah Al-Urdunia

Al-Fadiliyah School | مدرسة الفاضلية الثانوية

Khalid Bin Saeed Secondary School

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