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Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor is a prominent and highly respected citizen of the United Arab Emirates. A self-made man, he is Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group - one of the most successful conglomerates in the Gulf.

Al Habtoor is known not only for his many business achievements but also his extensive knowledge of international political affairs; his philanthropic activity; his efforts to promote peace; and the fact that he has long acted as an unofficial ambassador for his country abroad. Writing extensively on both local and international politics, he publishes regular articles in the media and has released a number of books. Al Habtoor's articles are available on www.khalafalhabtoor.net

Al Habtoor began his career as an employee of a local UAE construction firm and in 1970 established his own company, Al Habtoor Engineering. The UAE Federation, which united the seven emirates under the one flag for the first time, was founded in 1971 and this inspired him to undertake a series of innovative construction projects - all of which proved highly successful.

The company later became the Al Habtoor Group and over the last 40 years it has grown with the United Arab Emirates. Today it is recognised as one of the most prominent business corporations in the region with interests not just throughout the Middle East, but around the world.

While best known for construction, it is also recognised for its luxury hotels, real estate companies, educational establishments, insurance groups, automobile dealerships, car rental, and publishing sector. Today, it employs thousands of people and continues to grow.

Khalaf Al Habtoor's long list of awards and achievements does not only reflect his business acumen. He believes it is his strength in the face of adversity; his willingness to take calculated risks; and the fact that he is always looking ahead, that has enabled the Al Habtoor Group to grow and diversify.

Known for his optimistic outlook and warm personality, Al Habtoor is well respected by his associates and considered a well-balanced and progressive man. An active member of society, he feels it is his civic duty to contribute to his country in any way that he can. He's also a devoted family man who loves meeting new people; enjoys acquiring knowledge; and looks forward with pleasure to each new day.

ARTICLES BY: KHALAF AHMAD AL HABTOOR
The UAE & Egypt share unbreakable bonds
Issue 138
POLITICS - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's recent two-day visit to Abu Dhabi to hold talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was a testament to the brotherly relat...Read more
The downtrodden Arabs the world ignores
Issue 138
POLITICS
If you are unaware that there are millions of Arabs subsisting in miserable conditions in the oil-and-water-rich Iranian province of Khuzestan, you can be forgi...Read more
Great Britain, the extremists’ Utopia
Issue 138
POLITICS
Britons have long been known for their respect for human rights and civil liberties as well as their tolerant attitudes towards peoples of other creeds and cult...Read more
Minds distorted by neo-liberal values
Issue 138
POLITICS
I am a great believer in personal freedom. I have never sought to impose my beliefs on anyone else and my philosophy has always been ‘Live and let live’. What p...Read more
Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor is a vocal speaker on social media
Issue 138
SOCIAL MEDIA
Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor is a vocal speaker on social mediaRead more
Washington’s slap to Egypt is unfair and unwise
Issue 137
POLITICS
Egyptians saw a potential friend in the 2016 US presidential candidate Donald Trump. His win delivered hope that the frosty relationship between Cairo and Washi...Read more
Beware Iran’s dangerous Middle East creep
Issue 137
POLITICS
I do not wish to sound alarmist but after piecing the puzzle together I cannot escape the conclusion that Tehran’s mid-to-long term strategy is not only aimed a...Read more
The Land of Opportunity
Issue 137
POLITICS - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
Not in my wildest imagination did I visualize the transformation of my hometown Dubai blossoming into a dynamic futuristic metropolis providing endless opportun...Read more
Qatar, the architect of its own isolation
Issue 136
POLITICS - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
This is one of the saddest days since the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was formed. I never imagined that a brotherly country, a neighbour with which we in t...Read more
Britain must fight fire with fire
Issue 136
POLITICS - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
When news of the terrorist attack in Manchester first broke, I experienced feelings of sorrow. England, where I have a country home, has always held a special...Read more