Ryan Shalabi

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


  • Testified in the UK, the Middle East and Africa
  • Infrastructure and real estate sector experience
  • Advised on projects with values of up to US$1bn
  • 18 years of experience

Ryan is a director and head of Middle East Contract Services based in the United Arab Emirates. He has over fifteen years’ experience, specialising in dispute resolution, dispute management and expert witness services.

He has focused the majority of his career in the Middle East and is bi-lingual so able to serve the needs of clients in both Arabic and English, and has formally acted in both languages.

Ryan provides independent advice to clients and contractors on contractual issues and quantum matters on construction and civil engineering projects. He is regularly called upon to provide support and guidance to parties through the complexities of dispute resolution and arbitration in Middle Eastern jurisdictions.

He acts as a quantum expert witness in arbitration as an arbitrator and advisor, and has given evidence in both English and Arabic.

Ryan is a chartered quantity surveyor, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holds an LLM in construction law and arbitration. He is also a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors accredited mediator. Ryan’s experience is across the Middle East, Africa and UK.

Ryan Shalabi earns acclaim from sources across the UAE for his expertise in quantum matters and his ability to practise in Arabic and English.

 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