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Mahmood Shaikhani

Mahmood Shaikhani

Company:

Shaikhani Group of Companies

Designation:

Managing director

Mahmood Abu Baker Shaikhani, managing director of Shaikhani Group, has been instrumental in managing the operations of Shaikhani Group across 90 countries. He has played a dynamic leadership role in the group’s successful journey, demonstrating his entrepreneurial acumen in an array of industries including trade, retail, manufacturing, real estate, IT and the automobile industry.

Of particular note was his instrumental role in bringing the property arm of the business out of the global financial crisis of 2008-09 that had eliminated most of the developers from the market. Under his guidance, the company’s real estate business emerged strongly. He is currently working on taking the group’s businesses to the next level of growth and expansion.

Headquartered in Dubai, the Shaikhani Group is a multi-billion dollar international business conglomerate with diversified interests. They include real estate development and promotion, with projects including the Champions Towers series, Frankfurt Sports Tower in Dubai Sports City, Cambridge Business Centre in Dubai Silicon Oasis, the Gardenia series and Frankfurt Tower in Jumeirah Village Circle. Shaikhani Contracting offers complementary services in air conditioning, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, aluminium and cladding works, joinery, metal and cabinet, civil, flooring works; and insulation contracting.

The group also includes Takmeel, a facilities management arm; Rubber World Industries, the manufacturer of closed-cell rubber insulation Gulf-O-Flex; Gulf-O-Flex Trading, its trading arm; Shaikhani Autos, a car dealer specialising in used cars sourced from the United States and Japan; De-Express, which provides business process outsourcing; and Food Chain, a series of food franchises that includes Rio Peri Peri Chicken in London.

Shaikhani is a graduate in business administration from London Metropolitan University and possesses a sharp understanding of global markets and an in-depth insight into the functioning of economies, international legalities and legislation.

He has proven his mettle in quality control, operations management and strategic planning. He is also behind policies and procedures that have resulted in enhancing the group’s international standing.

The third son of the late Abu Baker Shaikhani, he says he learned a lot from his father’s business ethics. From a young age, Shaikhani was trained well by his father who instilled in him strong values and economic insights.