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Interview: Aldar chairman Abubaker Seddiq Al Khoori

Interview: Aldar chairman Abubaker Seddiq Al Khoori

Just 12 months after the UAE’s biggest ever merger, Aldar is back in the profits, back launching projects and has managed to clean up its balance sheet. Chairman Abubaker Seddiq Al Khoori tells Arabian Business how the Abu Dhabi developer completed one of the most remarkable corporate turnarounds in the country’s history

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