World’s Most Powerful Arabs 2019

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Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal

Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal

Company:

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

Designation:

Executive Chairman

His Excellency Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal is considered one of the key leaders in Sharjah’s tourism industry growth. He was the CEO of Shurooq from 2009 until mid-2018, which he then became the executive chairman under an Emiri decree by Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

Al Sarkal has been integral to the success of the authority since its inception in 2009, and has played an exemplary role in realising the vision of Ruler of Sharjah Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi and Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi of establishing the organisation as the driving force behind the transformation of Sharjah as a key investment, tourism, and business destination in the region.  

After nine years of genuine leadership and an effective driver of change across Shurooq and Sharjah, Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, issued the Emiri Decree Number 30 of 2018 promoting Al Sarkal to executive chairman of Shurooq, on May 20, 2018.

As part of his mission for excellence, Al Sarkal has led every major enhancement Shurooq has made since inception, and is one of the longest tenured people at the authority. He has spearheaded several of Shurooq’s crucial projects and initiatives, turning them into runaway successes.

Under his vision and leadership, Shurooq has actively diversified the emirate’s tourism sector. The authority has developed eco-tourism in Kalba, beach tourism in Khorfakkan, and cultural tourism in the city of Sharjah with attractions like Al Qasba, Al Majaz Waterfront, The Flag Island and Maraya Art Centre. Al Sarkal is at the helm of the ‘Heart of Sharjah’ project; a 15-year historical restoration project of the heritage areas of Sharjah. 

Al Sarkal is a keen proponent of giving opportunities to talented Emiratis. He has appointed Emirati nationals in key positions in each of Shurooq’s destination, resulting in talented UAE nationals filling 40 percent of the positions at Shurooq, including management positions. 

Al Sarkal was also awarded with the Golden Friends of India Award, and was also named the Middle East CEO of the Year by the prestigious Burj CEO Awards, as well as the Best Official Spokesperson as part of the Sharjah Government Communication Awards in 2017.

Shurooq, under Al Sarkal’s guidance and leadership, is heading into 2019 on a confident note. Widely considered a key figure in Sharjah’s growth ambitions, Al Sarkal is determined to further enhance Shurooq’s role in facilitating investments in order to further diversify Sharjah’s economy by working ever more closely with investors in sectors of tourism, environment, transport and logistics.