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Mohamed Alabbar

Mohamed Alabbar

He
has built the world’s tallest tower and the world’s most popular tourist
attraction.

The
accolades just keep coming for Mohamed Alabbar, who has done more than most to
cement the reputation of Dubai as a global hub for tourism. As boss of Emaar
since 1997, Alabbar’s place in history is already secure. He will be long
remembered as the driving force behind the development of the iconic Burj
Khalifa, though equally impressive has been the manner in which he has
successfully diversified the company. Emaar is now involved in hospitality and
leisure, malls, education, healthcare and financial services. With six business
segments and more than 60 active companies, Emaar has a collective presence in
several markets spanning the Middle East, North Africa, Pan-Asia, Europe and
North America. The Dubai Mall saw a whopping 65 million visitors last year.

But
away from the property giant, the company’s boss has been spending an
increasing amount of time on his own private venture, a mining company with
extensive operations largely in Africa. The result is that, barely three years
since Africa Middle East Resources (AMER) was created, Alabbar has created a
mega mining empire.