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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

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

First past the post

First past the post

As the first major government-backed project to be launched since 2007, the Saraya Bandar Jissah resort project near Muscat will be a true litmus test for how well Oman’s real estate market has recovered from the 2008 downturn. CEO Sheikh Hamood Bin Sultan...

Built to last

Built to last

One year after paying off its $1bn sukuk, Saudi Arabia’s biggest listed developer is preparing to cash in on the kingdom’s housing boom. In an exclusive interview, Yousef Al Shelash, the founder and chairman of Dar Al Arkan, talks diversification, financing...


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