Company: Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)
Country of residence: United Arab Emirates
It takes a creative mind to figure out how to encourage people to invest in what you believe. It takes a brilliant intellect to find a way to convince businesses to place their money in your ideas. Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal is the man responsible for the influx of investments into Sharjah.
Sitting next to Dubai can be a great opportunity and also a terrible hindrance because the emirate will always be compared – for good or for bad – to its glitzy neighbour.
In an interview with Arabian Business in December 2016, he said: “What makes Sharjah so special is it’s so close to Dubai, but yet so different when it comes to its identity. We didn’t try to copy what Dubai is doing, we tried to complement them.”