Walid Hareb Al Falahi
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Consultancy LLC
Walid Hareb Al Falahi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Consultancy Company LLC (DC), which he founded in 2005. Walid is also the Vice Chairman of Sultan Investments, and the Vice President of Akar Properties, a major property developer in Dubai.
He retains a strong track record of entrepreneurialism, having co-founded such ventures as AKAD Development, an independent housing developing organization in Kurdistan, Iraq. In 2003 he solely established the first Humanitarian Free Zone in the world, Dubai Aid City. Walid was the Chief Executive Officer of the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, which was initially a merger between the Dubai Aid City and Dubai Humanitarian City. Walid’s leadership and consistency to the Dubai International Humanitarian City Project was a true reflection of his dedication to delivering, and going on roads less traveled.
In 2004, he won the Best Employee Award in the UAE for outstanding achievement and contribution to his field of work. After graduating from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco, he began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1994 and then had a brief stint in Emirates Bank in 1997 for a year. He joined the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority and worked till 2006 for close to a decade where he was the Senior Business Development Manager. He is former Executive Director of Zayed International Humanitarian Awards [ZIHA]. Which is one of the largest humanitarian awards being setup to help and leverage the needs of people across the world with a total value of 6.8 million dollars a year. It reflects the transformative legacy of Sheikh Zayed and focuses the global/public mind on key and critical efforts towards developmental challenges Additional Economic Development Experience in the GCC Advised UAE Government on the OECD MENA Initiative
His achievements include Management Consultancy for Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone, Establishment of Free Economic Zones in Morocco and Djibouti, Numerous trade shows and exhibitions, Experience in Africa Establishment of Free Economic Zones In Morocco and Djibouti, Feasibility and Consultancy for Free Economic Zones, Advice for multinational companies from the Gulf who are interested to invest in Africa, Ghana National Railway Project, feasibility and financing and UAE Trade exhibition – Ghana.
Walid’s spirited enthusiasm makes him a strong believer that the world is a small place and his asset of strong networking capabilities can open vast opportunities for businesses to come together and reach new heights.