World’s Most Powerful Arabs 2019

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Abdalla Sultan Al Owais

Abdalla Sultan Al Owais

Company:

Al rawabi dairy company uae, Sharjah chamber of Commerce & Industry AND Sharjah Expo Centre

Designation:

Chairman

Abdalla Sultan Alowais is the chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and also chairman of the Expo Centre Sharjah since May 2014. He also been vice chairman of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry since December 2014.

His career started when he graduated from the United Arab Emirates University with a Bachelor of Business Management in 1990. Before he became chairman in 2014, he joined Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a board member in May 2007.

“Currently there are more than 45,000 SMEs operating in Sharjah. The SCCI provides every region of Sharjah with integrated services of international standards,” Al Owais told The Business Year website last year.

“The SCCI receives delegates from countries all over the world to improve bilateral ties by strengthening economic, commercial, and investment relationships. We take part in economic events, international meetings and conferences, and organize visits by commercial delegations year round,” he added.

His role at the chamber is just one of a number of executive positions he has held. He has served as a board member of the Germany – Arab Chamber of Commerce since June 2014 and a board member of the UAE National Qualifications Authority from August 2014-2016. Since December 2016, he’s been chairman of the Advisory Council at the College of Business Administration at University of Sharjah. Also making demands on his time are his other roles as chairman of the board of Al Rawabi Dairy Company since 2013, head of the Executive Committee of the Sharjah Institute of Technology from 2009 until 2012, board member of Al Marja Company for Agriculture and Animal Production – Tunisia since 2012, member of the secretariat of the General Investment Sectorial Committee of the Federation of GCC Chambers since 2008, a board member in the Arab pavilion of the Joint Austrian-Arab Chamber of Commerce since December 2007.

His extensive CV also includes Assistant Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy since 2005, board member of Emirates NBD – Dubai’s largest bank – from 2005 until 2013, Customs Secretary General in the UAE from 1993 until 2003 and several positions at the UAE Ministry of Economy and Commerce from 1990 until 2003.