100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Faris Saeed

Company: Diamond Developers

Designation: Chief executive

Country: Jordan

Country of residence: Jordan

The fact Faris Saeed created the first Sustainable City in Dubai is enough to recognise him as one of the country’s smartest businessmen. Add the point that he sold his plots in a failed Dubai Creek development in exchange for the 5 million square green city in Dubailand and one could go as far as to call him brilliant. Originally a civil engineer, Jordanian Seed started a maintenance and interior design company in Dubai in 1995 before moving into development in an undeniably smart move in 1999. While his firm has built a number of projects in the city, including the set of six Marina Diamond buildings in Dubai Marina and Diamond Views in Jumeirah Village Circle, its most recognised project is Sustainable City. Today, it comprises 500 homes with solar roof panels and 100 percent recycled sewage. The community also boasts an electric bus service and a 3,000 square metre organic farm.