||Mohammed Ali Rashed Alabbar has been chair of Emaar Properties since its establishment in July 2007. He is also chair of the company’s Executive and Nomination committees.
He is leading Emaar's global expansion plan in 2009. He chairs the US-based John Laing Homes and the UK-based Hamptons International, as well as a joint venture with Italy's Giorgio Armani, which will set up a global luxury hotel and resort chain. Mr. Alabbar is also chair of the Bahrain-based Al Salam Bank with operations across the MENA region.
Mr. Alabbar serves on the board of directors of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, the investment arm of the government of Dubai and the body responsible for managing the emirate's assets in the financial, transportation, industrial, energy, real estate and leisure sectors. He is also a board member of Noor Investment Group, an affiliate of Dubai Group, a diversified finance company of Dubai Holding, focused on Shari'ah compliant financial services.
Mr. Alabbar was recognized for his achievements by FDi magazine, published by the Financial Times Group, who named him “Middle East Personality of the Year.” Arabian Business, a regional business magazine, ranked him second in its March 2007 list of the 100 Most Influential Arabs in the World. Fortune magazine’s December 2007 issue named Mr. Alabbar, one of the top 30 people in powerful positions globally.
Mr. Alabbar works closely with regional NGOs, and is committed to the cause of educational reform. He is also chair of the UAE Golf Association, and was recently named among the top golfing personalities in the world by Golf World.