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Mohamed Hadid mulls 'dream' project in Palestine

Celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid is looking for 'right location, local partner'

Mohamed Hadid mulls 'dream' project in Palestine
Renowned developer and celebrity architect Mohamed Hadid is considering building a project in Palestine.

Renowned developer and celebrity architect Mohamed Hadid is considering building a project in Palestine.

Speaking to Arabian Business, the founder of Hadid Design and Development Group said the move would be a “dream” and that he is currently looking for the right location and local partner.

“It’s my dream to build a project in Palestine. I don’t [know] when or where as of yet, but I’m looking for the right location and a local partner,” he said.

While he declined to divulge further information or details, Hadid stressed that finding “the right people, honest people” is key to executing the project.

He also said he hasn’t built projects in many areas of the Middle East, such as Dubai, because he couldn't find the right partners.

“Making intelligent decisions is the reason why I was successful in DC and LA. I know my way around and I know which parts of the city, which streets are better than others. So for me to come to Dubai, or anywhere around the world, there would always be someone who knew better than me,” he said.

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Hadid opened his first business – an export and import company – in Qatar, where he developed and designed the Sheraton Doha.

His multi-million dollar company, which is based in the US, is behind projects ranging from the Ritz Carlton Hotels in Washington, New York, Aspen and Houston to massive private estates in Mexico and Beverly Hills.

He is currently developing the world’s largest residential building set in the heart of Egypt, having joined forces with Cairo-based property developer Memaar Al Morshedy Group to build and design 200,000 square meter ‘Skyline.’

The town-like complex in Maadi, Cairo will house the world’s largest sky garden and infinity pool, and will be built over the span of seven years, with the first phase expected to be completed in two and a half years.

Hadid has also found an opportunity in Casablanca, Morocco, where he’s designing a massive mixed-use project expected to feature 16,000 apartments, 3.5 million square foot of office space and several hotels.

“I can’t give you more details," he said of the project, “but it was done for the locals. High-end but affordable. It’s going to be beautiful.”

Mohamed Hadid is also the father of star supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid.

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