As the son of Gebal Group’s founder, Walid Charawani, Alex grew up immersed in the culture of the company from a young age. With more than 25 year’s experience working in the UAE, Alex has witnessed the dramatic transformation of the country and the huge development of our company that has accompanied it. When not in one of Gebal’s offices or on site, Alex can normally be found on the golf course, or trying in vain to keep up with his two young kids…..
Carina Gallacher is the most qualified Play Industry Expert in the Middle East With over 26 years in the Play Industry, Carina has a real understanding of the technical detail, installation and maintenance implications of designed schemes. She has practical experience of initiating & project managing the design and development of play spaces;- her play areas have won British Design Awards in Design & Sustainability. She has written play strategies for the British Government and has extensive experience of community engagement and working with schools. Qualified on the International Register of Play Inspectors (RPII) and also an International Green Flag Judge she is recognised as a leading expert in managing Green Spaces & Parks around the world. Having worked with organisations such as Cabe Space, Play England, Fields in Trust, National Children’s Bureau, Carina is often called as a guest speaker at international conferences to give strategic direction and focus within the Play Industry.
Carina has 2 boys, well 3 if you count her `pilot’ husband, and when not travelling loves painting, reading, creative upcycling, yoga, and dance.
Ken has shaped the Tensile Shade Structure Industry in the UAE. His technical designs are innovative, functional and durable and epitomize his 11 years as a Technical Design Engineer. A reliable sort, Ken can always be found working into the night developing his CAD designs. As a devoted family man, he of course makes time for his wife and 3 children, and their love of movies
This guy in his school days was advised to spend less time playing computer games. It was however an addiction which paid off, as it became his passion, and career! His love of `loud metal’ music can be heard above him tapping away on the keyboard
Donnie is known to break out spontaneously into song - the confident, unstoppable character that he is. He’s Gebal’s `Go to Guy’ who oversees our sales support teams. What he doesn’t know about products and services isn’t worth knowing. Out of the office, when he’s not singing, he’s being a dad to 2 beautiful girls
Vipin in his own words is a `motivated dreamer’ and believes everything is possible if you strive hard. He’s established in 5 years at Gebal, strong relations with contacts. At weekends you’ll find Vipin either on a football pitch playing or with his wife and daughter relaxing with friends
Youssef is a born traveller and nicknamed `Sindbad’ as he loves exploring and meeting people from different nationalities. He’s known for being reliable and trustworthy and someone you definitely want to meet. Youssef has `Green Fingers’ and can often be found tending to his delicious fruit and vegetables. Not an easy feat in this climate!
Butchay maybe unconventional but is committed to achieving the best outcomes for Gebal. Her focus on getting materials to site on time shows just as disciplined and creative she can be! Butchay is a foodie at heart and in her own words `eating is my forte’
Sabeer has been in the UAE for 7 years and has recently joined Gebal. He has a passion for designing `spaces’ whether indoor or outdoor and strives to keep his designs fresh and inviting. He has a passion for travelling especially with family and friends
Jerald, fondly known as Jerry, is one of our longest serving and dedicated employees of over 20 years. Jerry has seen many changes over the years, watching Gebal grow from strength to strength. He continues to love the work that he does, and feels very much apart of the Gebal Group family
Ravi is an Architect with over 20 years experience in the UAE. He heads up our Tensile Shade Department, and knows his market and products very well. A gentle man who will always make time for you, Ravi is committed to delivering projects for the people he meets
With a Civil Engineering Degree Shereen is responsible for technical support on projects. Being a mother as well to 2 children -Mariam & Yassen is not easy but Shereen manages to find the balance between work and home
Rumais studied in Sri Lanka, and East London earning himself diplomas in Marketing and Business Administration . He loves to travel and meet new people and is already putting his education and experience to good use working with the school, nursery, and sports markets
A graduate in Architecture, and a designer by profession, Shivangi has a love of art! She is passionate about her work, and meticulous when it comes to masterplanning. Shivangi loves the positive vibe in the Gebal Office and says she has learnt so much from her time and mentors at Gebal, truly discovering her passion for designing
With over 20 years service at Gebal, Vijay heads up our installation side of the business effortlessly. He has developed a strong relationship with both office and site staff, and is simply the person we all like an trust. Married with 2 children, he has dedicated his life to his family and friends back home bettering their lives and opportunities. He’s a local superstar with a love of sports and art
Known to be quiet but always smiling, Suraj is well liked and respected by his peers. He goes about his work, developing his experience whilst contributing to Gebals ever growing business
In 10 years at Gebal, Nezar can be credited with being a true opportunist, developing strong relationships with esteemed organisations in the GCC. Having worked with Kraiburg, his success is down to his natural curiosity and tenacious approach to finding and interpreting his client’s wishes, providing the perfect solution for their needs. Nezar has strong morals and a deep conviction for doing the right thing. His ethical approach and his thirst for knowledge sets him apart, as a key driver in Gebal’s growth.
Dedicated to his role, Biju heads up the Engineering Division of Gebal. He leads by example and fosters a sense of teamwork that gives strength to the business. With a background in Business Management he understands his market and works tirelessly to make a difference. Biju has a quiet disposition that everyone has come to rely on.
Is part of the Design Department and has been with Gebal for 6 years. A shy introvert with a quiet temperament, his superpower is his ability to turn his focus and attention to his work as a technical draftsman.
Sheryl is talented not only in her everyday work but also as a singer, and Gebal tries to give every opportunity to enable staff to do what they do best! Sheryl has a good heart and is loved by her peers, which makes working alongside Sheryl an enjoyable experience. With her diligence and strength of purpose Sheryl can deliver!!
Jimna has an accomplished Finance background, and still continues to study showing how self-motivated she is. Juggling work, study and being a mother to 3 children whilst also pursuing her love of playing badminton, and dancing means she is one busy lady!
Kutty has been with the company for so many years we’ve lost count! He gets a job done, so is someone we’ve all come to rely on. Always on hand to help with Gebal’s administration, Kutty has the Managing Partner’s trust and respect. Close to retirement, it’s hard to say goodbye to the Gebal family, we just keep holding on to him!!
Andy began his career in the UK Engineering sector before moving to the UAE where he has lived and worked for over 20 years. He heads up the Dubai Office and is a knowledgeable and supportive leader. A professional through and through, his easy-going style and conversation makes him someone you really want to connect with. His commitment and loyalty to contacts and projects is second to none. Outside of Gebal he’s a father of 3, and devotes his time to his family. A keen fisherman, golfer and rugby enthusiast he loves nothing better after an active day, than a sociable and relaxing night in with friends and family.
Calum is new to our Company. Young, fresh and dynamic Calum is keen to get to know you! He’s familiar with the UAE having grown up in this part of the world before leaving to further his education in the UK. Calum has worked in the Oil & Gas Industry before joining Gebal so brings invaluable material and technical knowledge. He’s a likeable chap whose more than just a keen golfer, so if you want to meet him you’ll know where to find him!
Beautiful Inna, is our ice queen! She’s relatively new to Gebal and brings to the table an undeniable perseverance to achieve and get a job done. With contacts in every corner of the UAE, she networks well. Do you not know her already? Originally from the Ukraine where her family still live, she has lived in Dubai for many years. Her love of figure skating means she trains almost every weekend. That’s dedication for you!
A polite, fun, cheeky character that always does his best. Reliable and at hand to ensure your journey is comfortable, safe and on time, he knows his roads and vehicles well! He’s a people person, devoted to his family and makes time for his colleagues.
Arni, is one of our youngest members of staff and a loveable character. Like many before him, he hopped on a plane and settled in Abu Dhabi where he initially followed his passion as a Barista. His keyboard skills are lightning speed so tried his hand in sales administration where he now carves a career. Coffee is his first language though - he’s a mean coffee making machine!
A Civil Engineer by profession, Jithin was born and raised in the UAE. He’s a fast learner and a good team player. An ardent cricket follower, he plays as much as he can. Badminton and music are his other passions.
Moustafa is our skate park civil engineer. He’s created vert ramps, bowls, ledges, banks and rails, for our city’s urban skaters. Whilst young, this civil engineer is an old soul with a wise head but stays young by watching sci-fi movies and playing music in his car loudly, very loudly! He’s open to different genre’s but we all know he likes nothing better than a good love song!
Prasanth joined Gebal Group in 2010. As our Financial Manager of the group with over 17 years of experience in accounting, auditing and finance functions providing commercial support to businesses. I am responsible for the overall financial and administrative functions of the Group with a focus on resource use optimization, smooth flow of funds and help driving growth of the business. Prior to start my carrier I had complete my Graduation in Accounting and gain masters in Financial Applications. Previously, I was working as an External Auditor in a worldwide Chartered Accountant and Financial services group called “Alliott”. There after went to work in various contracting companies in UAE as Internal Auditor or Chief Accountant till join with Gebal team.
As Chief Accountant
Prasanth has an impressive 17 years in the field of accounting. Having worked as an external auditor with prestigious financial services groups he joined Gebal in 2010. With a strong financial background Prasanth ensures our