UAE-First Family Business Consulting Firm

Handle is a proven market leader integrated global home of Family Business management consulting firm

of focused Family Business Consulting expertise

Grab global know-how of Family Wealth & Asset management

Harness the Wisdom of Handle Insights

Handle Insights provide a deep understanding of the interplay between Family Business dynamics, workplace decisions, and marketplace directions, helping to navigate complexities and make informed strategic roadmaps that help Family Businesses thrive for generations to come. Our insights cover:

Family Business Consulting

Wealth & Asset Management

Deals Advisory

Analyses & Surveys

To help Family Businesses take informed decisions, we regularly put considerable investment in developing analyses, surveys and reports on latest industry trends, with sharp focus on Family Business intricacies, including:

Family Business consulting
Handle’s 3-Factor Approach
Family Business value chain
Complexities of Family Business
Family Wealth & Asset
Family Business disruption

Monitoring Information

UAE Family-owned businesses contribute 60% of the country's GDP and 80% of the nation's workforce, and account for about 90% of private companies in the UAE.

Better Ask Handle!

“Disruption is a day-to-day feature of business that shows up more frequent and intense in Family Businesses. Need expert Family Business deals, disruption, strategy and complexity management advisory? Better Ask Handle!”

Muhammad Fadel,

Managing Partner, Strategy & Complexity

“Potentially originating from a dozen+ causes, conflict is unavoidable in Family Businesses and, if not properly resolved, may end up with a total destruction of the business. Need expert Family Business conflict resolution advisory? Better Ask Handle!”

Ikhlas Thabet,

Managing Partner, Client Relations

“With the direction to enact UAE’s Family Businesses Law, Handle dedicates the majority of its activities and expertise to help UAE Family Businesses thrive for 50+ years. Need expert Family Business advisory? Better Ask Handle!”

Mohamed Abu El-Makarem,

Principal Advisor & CEO

“The legal intricacies on UAE’s Family Businesses add more and more pressures on the overall Family Business performance and threatens sustainability. Need expert Family Business legal advisory? Better Ask Handle!”

Mohamed El Murshidi,

Managing Partner, Legal Affairs

Thrive for

Years Ahead

70% of Family Businesses
Die or Get Sold

According to a Harvard Business Review Article, “70% of family owned business fail or are sold before the second generation gets a chance to take over. Just 10% remain active, privately held companies for the third generation to lead.”

Helping UAE Family Businesses thrive for 50+ years ahead.

Handle’s 3-Factor approach enables Family Business thrive beyond the 2nd or 3rd generation myth.

Family Business Consulting : Build
Wealth & Asset Management : Grow
Deals Advisory : Sustain

How does it work?

01 Understanding

Listen to customer’s brief Study the Environment Define objective

02 Analyzing

Analyze the “Family Business” Consider the “Family in Family Business” Figure out the “Business in Family Business”

03 Designing

Design and assign family office Shape business strategy & governance Outline type of engagement & contracting

04 Planning

Draw organizational structures Plan practice & governance Look forward to 50+ years in Succession & Transition

05 Executing

Deploy & operate Family office mplement wealth & asset ROI maximization strategies Act upon the Deals advised tracks

06 Training

The Board Members’ Program Executive Education & Coaching Functional Training & Development for Family Business Staff

07 Retaining

Put Retention Strategy for Family Business in place Instill a Culture of “Familiness” Synergize between Family and Business

Founding Team

We are a team of influential business professionals and community leaders specializing in Family Business Consulting. Our diverse expertise spans UAE nationals, the Middle East, UK, USA, Canada, and Europe. We share a common vision: to provide innovative consulting and advisory services that empower UAE Founders and Families to thrive and leave a lasting legacy for over 50 years. Mohamed Abu El Makarem, our Founder, has 20+ years of leadership experience in Crisis Management, International Negotiation with prestigious organizations like the United Nations and European Commission. With a proven record of accomplishment in working with renowned International Funds, Capital Investors, Family Equity Funds, and Private Equity Funds, we offer practical and effective solutions in investment planning, future strategies for Family Businesses, business negotiation, deals advisory and corporate managed services.

Mohamed Abou El Makarem

Principal Advisor, CEO

Mohamed El Murshidi

Managing Partner, Legal Affairs

Ikhlas Thabet

Managing Partner, Client Relations

Muhammad Fadel

Managing Partner, Strategy & Complexity

Aleksandra Dobaczewska

Senior Manager, Partnerships

Svetlana Sokolyanskaya

Senior Manager, Investor Relations

Family-owned businesses contribute 60% of the UAE GDP


Family-owned businesses contribute 60% of the UAE GDP


Family-owned businesses contribute 80% of the UAE country workforce


UAE Family-owned businesses composes 90% of the UAE private companies sector.

Secrets of UAE Family Business potentials?

How do Family Businesses thrive for 50+ years of Legacy; and lead smooth transition from the founding generation to second and third generations with full preparedness and resilience.