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Ahmed Alhatti on trusting your instincts

Ahmed Alhatti on trusting your instincts

Ahmed Alhatti built his property company from scratch, and is now responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in the world. We sat down with the enigmatic CEO of Cayan Group, to discuss passion, leadership and trusting your gut

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“I really believe this will turn out to be the most extraordinary project ever developed in the Middle East,” says the man behind Abu Dhabi’s newest and most exclusive mall complex

Ken Himmel, explains why Al Maryah Central can attract 20 million visitors a year by the time it is completed in 2018.

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