Ryan Shalabi

FRICS MCIArb LLM PG Dip Director and Head of Contract Services, Middle East


  • Testified in the UK, Europe and the Middle East
  • Infrastructure and real estate and natural resources sector experience
  • Advised on projects with values of up to US$1bn
  • 20 years of experience
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Ryan is the Head of our Middle East Contract Services team and is based in the United Arab Emirates. He has over twenty years’ experience as a chartered quantity surveyor specialising in claims, dispute resolution and expert witness services.

Ryan provides independent advice to clients and contractors on contractual and quantum matters relating to complex construction and infrastructure projects.

He is regularly called upon to provide support and guidance to parties through the complexities of dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation and to advise on strategic considerations that inform their direction. He also acts as a third party independent expert to help parties avoid formal disputes and arrive at early amicable settlements.

Ryan also acts as a quantum expert witness in litigation and arbitration matters. He is fluent in Arabic and English and has extensively testified and advised clients in both languages

He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, has an LLM in Construction Law and Arbitration and is a RICS accredited mediator.

Ryan is very active in the region - he knows the construction scene through and through.

 Who's Who Legal


  1. Muscat International Airport in Oman, ICC arbitration expert appointment

  2. Abu Dhabi Airports Company in the UAE, dispute/ settlement facilitation

  3. Oman Convention Centre, ICC arbitration expert appointment

  4. Abu Dhabi Plaza in Kazakhstan, forensic review/ commercial strategy

  5. Defence facility, ICC arbitration on major infrastructure dispute