A former member of the Saudi Shura parliament and Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah for 18 years, Abdullah Dahlan currently occupies top positions in several institutions including that of Chairman of the College of Business Adminstration’s Trustees Council, as well as being a Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah. Author of several works in the field of economics and development, Abdullah Dahlan is also a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization, of the Board of the Arab Economic Committee and of the Board of Alujain Corporation (Xenel Group), dedicated to the promotion of major industrial projects in the petrochemicals, mining, metals and energy sectors in Saudia Arabia. 

In 2011 he was speaker ar the panel "The Aftermath of the Economic & Financial Crisis" (May, 5th).