World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2014
Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Mohammed Al Marri

Company: Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department

Designation: Director General

Country: UAE

A former policeman with 27 years on the force under his belt, Al Marri has been at the forefront at massive change at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), where a switch to online services, plus a new training complex, have seen a huge improvement in service.

While many might see the DNRD role as a behind-the-scenes position, Al Marri’s role is actually vital in streamlining the vast numbers of visitors to Dubai, and ensuring that the flow of tourist dollars remains high. In a government reshuffle ordered by Deputy Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the start of 2010, Al Marri saw his responsibilities increased. Already head of Dubai’s Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) since 2007, he was appointed head of the commission for social development, one of five new committees that will assist Dubai’s decision-making.

Major force

Al Marri’s role at DRND is vital in streamlining the vast numbers of visitors to Dubai.