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Burj Dubai made me 'harder' leader, says Alabbar

EXCLUSIVE: Emaar Properties boss reveals personal challenges behind mega project.


Building the world’s tallest building has made Emaar chairman Mohammed Alabbar a "harder" leader – but also "more emotional".


In a wide ranging interview published on Monday in Arabian Business, to mark the inauguration of the Burj Dubai later on Monday, Alabbar said the experience of the past few years had changed him as an individual.


He told the magazine: “I’m a harder leader now...l mean I’m a hard leader anyway. On the boss side, I am much tougher. Some people who got a job from me four years ago wouldn’t get it today. It’s been proved that so many people don’t actually work.”


He added: “Am I a different kind of leader now? Without a doubt. I got better in many things along the way. I’m sure I made valuable mistakes but I am also becoming more emotional. I don’t know if it’s age or what. Or so much beating by the shareholders.”


In the interview, the Emaar chairman also admitted that “maybe” he was guilty of over optimism in the past about Dubai’s property market, but believed that “without a doubt” it has now bottomed out.


He also said that 1-3 percent growth in the UAE economy during 2010 would be achieved "comfortably".


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Dinesh 10 years ago

I truly admire Sheikh Ali Alabar's leadership. I have seen most/all of his documentary videos and admire his style of business. Dubai inc. and Emmar is truly and greatly growing to be one of the richest and best countries in the world. I surely will visit this great Sheikh kingdom one day and would be very glad to meet the great man Sheikh Ali Alabar!

Abdulwahed 10 years ago

Great work Abbar , but i think one of the main reason that this achievement accomplished is the full support from our great leader and ruler his highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Almaktoum

Umair 10 years ago

i really admire how the gentleman has clearly explained himself....such leaders are really required among the community to take UAE further.... EMAAR quality is much better than what I have seen as compared to other developers.....keep it up DUBAI....