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Interview: Deyaar CEO Saeed Al Qatami

Interview: Deyaar CEO Saeed Al Qatami

Forget the largest, the tallest or the biggest, Dubai developer Deyaar is emerging on the hospitality scene with mid-end accommodation. CEO Saeed Al Qatami says luxury is no longer where the money is to be made

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Promising the World: Josef Kleindienst

Promising the World: Josef Kleindienst

The Heart of Europe is destined to become the first permanent development at the all-but-abandoned archipelago of islands off the coast of Dubai called The World. The CEO of Kleindienst Group, Josef Kleindienst, is urging others to restart their projects...

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Brick by brick: Danube's Rizwan Sajan

Brick by brick: Danube's Rizwan Sajan

Barely a property in Dubai has been developed without building supplies from Danube, now the undisputed market leader. Its founder and chairman, Rizwan Sajan, explains how the firm outlasted the real estate crash to double profits this year

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Tasweek: preparing to go public

Tasweek: preparing to go public

Masood Al Awar made his name as the first real estate agent to sell freehold property in Dubai and later this year he is hoping to break the mould again with Tasweek’s ambitious multi-million-dollar listing

Behind the scenes of Msheireb Downtown

Behind the scenes of Msheireb Downtown

Doha’s ambitious plan to completely redevelop the historical centre of the city is gathering pace. The man in charge of the masterplan, Msheireb Properties chief executive Abdulla Al Mehshadi explains all

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...

Rags to riches: Moafaq Al Gaddah

Rags to riches: Moafaq Al Gaddah

The owner and chairman of the MAG Group, Moafaq Al Gaddah, talks about his tough rise to the top, and why the Dubai property story still has a long way to run

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Game changer: King Abdullah Economic City

Game changer: King Abdullah Economic City

The launch of the Gulf’s newest megaport is the latest milestone for the one of the world’s most ambitious property projects, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City. As blue-chip firms move in, chief executive Fahd Al Rasheed says that he’s struggling...

Second time lucky for Donald Trump in Dubai?

Second time lucky for Donald Trump in Dubai?

Five years after pulling out of a project on The Palm Jumeirah, the bouffanted billionaire is back in Dubai promoting a massive golf course and villa project he’s building in association with developer Damac

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Mall beginnings: Kareem Shamma

Mall beginnings: Kareem Shamma

By far the largest shopping centre currently under development in Qatar, Doha Festival City is likely to become the country’s first true ‘destination mall’. Kareem Shamma, chief executive of the centre, says the retail market is hotting up nicely

Realty check: Dr Anas Kozbari

Realty check: Dr Anas Kozbari

In a rare interview, Dr Anas Kozbari, the chief executive of Invest Group Overseas, explains why his firm is back investing in the Dubai market, and his plans to expand both abroad and at home

A list full of dollars: Mohamed Alabbar

A list full of dollars: Mohamed Alabbar

Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar plans to begin listing various subsidiaries of the business. He tells Arabian Business why, having already delivered a 70 percent one-year return on the share price for his shareholders in 2014, he is only just getting started...

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Interview: Ammar Abulohom

As former executive at Dubai Waterfront, Ammar Abulohom was responsible for selling plots at one of the emirate’s greatest projects that never was. He tells Arabian Business why his faith in Dubai’s property market is now stronger than ever


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Ravi to riches
Dr Ravi Pillai launched his first business at the age of 14, trading in coconuts so he could afford school books. Three decades later, his RP Group brings in revenue of $4bn and employs 80,000 staff, helping make him one of the world’s richest Indians. But in his first personal interview to date, he explains why a happy workforce and a good reputation are far more important than money. He also talks of the launch of his latest venture — RP Global — a real estate company that will build luxury projects in Dubai this year.

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