Speakers of the 9th edition (2024)

H.E. Mohamed Ali Alabbar

Founder of Emaar and Noon, Chairman of Eagle Hills

H.E. Mohamed Ali Alabbar

Mr. Mohamed Ali Rashed Alabbar is a global entrepreneur with active interests in real estate, retail, hospitality, e-commerce, technology, logistics, F&B and venture capital. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Emaar Properties, Founder and Director of Noon.com, Chairman of Eagle Hills and Chairman of Americana Group.

Since 1997, he has been at the forefront of global real estate, leading marquee real-estate development companies such as Emaar Properties (developer of world’s tallest building) and Eagle Hills (leading emerging markets real estate developer). He has spearheaded the growth of Emaar Properties attaining unmatched track record of successfully developing iconic futuristic residential, retail, entertainment, hospitality & leisure assets transforming the lifestyles of people globally. Over the years he has developed world-class mixed used projects, including his retail businesses, across 20+ markets of Middle East, North & Sub Saharan Africa, Central & Eastern Europe and South & South East Asia and US.

Business Acumen
In addition, he has driven the growth of several regional players into world-renown sector champions including Americana Group (a multibillion-dollar food business, the largest integrated food company in the Middle East) and noon.com (the leading e-commerce platform in the region). He was also the Chairman and Co-founder of RSH Limited, a leading pan-Asian and Middle Eastern marketer, distributor, and retailer of internationally renowned sports, golf, active lifestyle, and fashion brands with a portfolio of over 70 brands and a distribution network spanning more than 40 countries in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region, as well as more than 1000 freestanding stores and shops-in-shops. Mr Alabbar is also shareholder in Artstreet Limited which owns interests in real estate business. He is the Chairman of Zand, one of the world’s first combined digital corporate and retail bank to launch from the UAE.

A graduate in Finance and Business Administration from the Seattle University in the US, also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Seattle University, an Honorary Doctorate from London School of Economics and Political Science and an Honorary Doctorate from Sun Moon University in South Korea.


[3rd Day]12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Keynote: The Role of Iconic Architecture in Shaping Cities of the Future

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