Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (double degree) (Aberdeen University, Scotland),
Master in Water Resource Engineering (Roorkee University, India),
Doctorate in Economics (Cardiff University, Wales).
Became a chartered Engineer, London in 1971, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1990, Fellow of the British Institute of Management in 1990.
Published about 70 books in Arabic and English including 18 books of Arabic verse and 30 collection of translated verse, 13 of them from Arabic to English. Some of his poetry has been translated into 12 languages.
There are more than 20 songs by various singers based on poems and translations of poems by him.
He is the recipient of about 30 awards including:
Tagore Peace Award (2012);
World Poetry Society Intercontinental Poetry Award, Chennai, 2013;
UAE Cultural Personality of the Year, Al-Owais Creativity Awards (2013);
Honorary Doctorate in Literature, Soka University, Tokyo (2015).
Shihab Ghanem is a UAE citizen. He is retired and his last posts were:
Director of Engineering Dubai Ports & Jebel Ali Free Zone;
Managing Director of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Technology Park, Dubai, UAE.