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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 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 45 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 globally recognised through its involvement in the hotel, automotive, real estate, education and publishing sectors. Today, it employs thousands of people and continues to grow. For more information on Al Habtoor Group, visit www.habtoor.com

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 is 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
Embrace Qatar or no Camp David summit, says Trump
Issue 141
POLITICS - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
It appears that US President Donald Trump’s invitation to Gulf heads of state to his Camp David retreat to resolve differences between Saudi Arabia, the United ...Read more
Gulf allies lack media clout in the US
Issue 140
POLITICS - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
I recently flew home from one of my regular visits to the most powerful nation on the planet, the United States, a country with some of the greatest people anyw...Read more
No chink in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the UAE
Issue 140
POLITICS
The two countries forming the solid backbone of our region in turmoil are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, whose leaders have consisten...Read more
Our enemy’s friend is not ours
Issue 140
POLITICS
Former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger spoke to truth when he said, “America has no permanent friends, only interests”. The fact that the Trump...Read more
This fiendish new Turkish-led alliance requires an assertive response
Issue 140
POLITICS
Understanding the egomaniacal Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regional ambitions needs no mind reader. For years, he has sought to meddle in Arab affai...Read more
Higher salaries and lower prices top Egyptians’ wish lists
Issue 140
POLITICS
The unseated Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi left the Egyptian economy in shambles. Foreign reserves were depleted. Foreign investment dried up. Tho...Read more
AL BURAIMI stepping back into my past
Issue 140
CULTURE
I took a day trip to the neighbouring Sultanate of Oman in mid-January and was overwhelmed by the reception I received from our Omani neighbours. I have been m...Read more
Trump’s greatest betrayal has dire consequences
Issue 139
POLITICS - CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
Almost all America’s closest allies have cautioned US President Donald Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital warning of potentially grave repe...Read more
Trump’s dangerous policies imperil our world
Issue 139
POLITICS
Through his own actions, United States President Donald Trump has diminished his status as Leader of the Free World and eliminated himself as an honest broker...Read more
A window for Middle East peace has opened. Let’s grab it!
Issue 139
POLITICS
The human race has been gifted with an amazing capacity for problem-solving. With God’s will there is nothing we cannot achieve. Scientists have cured illnesses...Read more