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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
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
Iran’s declaration of war must not go unanswered
Issue 136
POLITICS
The pretence has ended. The gloves are off. Iran’s Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Hossein Dehgan, has openly threatened to destroy the Kingdom of Saudi ...Read more
Egypt’s future rests on its people’s shoulders
Issue 136
POLITICS
Unlike several of its neighbours, the Arab World’s most populous nation has thankfully succeeded in regaining its political, security and social equilibrium fol...Read more
Tackling poverty should be a burning issue
Issue 135
ECONOMY - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
It is a great shame that advocates for almost 1.3 billion of the world’s population suffering from extreme poverty often meet with deaf ears. There is much ado ...Read more
Why you should not invest in Iran!
Issue 135
POLITICS - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is on a drive to attract foreign investment, which he believes is essential for economic health and job creation in a country wh...Read more
White House vs the Media: No winners!
Issue 135
POLITICS - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
The growing hostility between US President Donald J. Trump and the left-leaning/centrist mainstream media is an unseemly squabble amounting to an attack on Ame...Read more
Speech by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor at the Hotel Investment Conference for CEE &...
Issue 134
FEATURE - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to speak at the Hotel Investment Hotel Investment Conference for Central and Eastern Europe & Caucasus (HOTCO). ...Read more
UAE economy set to be a regional outperformer
Issue 134
POLITICS
At a time of global geopolitical uncertainty fuelled by Brexit’s potential domino effect on the European Union’s cohesiveness, the feebleness of Italian banks, ...Read more
A warm welcome for the Saudi monarch
Issue 134
POLITICS
The surprise visit of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to the Emirates on the occasion of our 45th National Day is a testament to...Read more