Hospitality's Alabbar, Sajwani and Lawless make it to Dubai's most influential

Influencers across several sectors are being celebrated in this inaugural Dubai 100 list

Hussain Sajwani, Mohamed Alabbar and Gerald Lawless.
Hussain Sajwani, Mohamed Alabbar and Gerald Lawless.

The 100 most influential people in Dubai list is out and hospitality industry's stalwarts have made it on list put together by sister-publication Arabian Business. The list includes people from the government and business sectors, but also artists, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, entertainers and risk-takers.

First on the list is Emaar's Mohamed Alabbar. Emaar has over 35 new hotels and serviced residences in the development pipeline in the UAE and international markets. He has built the world’s tallest tower and a  a collective presence in several markets spanning the Middle East, North Africa, Pan-Asia, Europe and North America. Emaar Properties recorded $1.4bn (AED5.2bn) in net profit for 2016, 28% higher than 2015's $1.1bn (AED4.08bn).

At number six on the list is Damac's Hussain Sajwani. With its active pipeline for the next five years, real estate developer Damac Properties estimates that its hotel rooms portfolio will comprise approximately 10% of Dubai's hotel supply by 2021. Damac teamed up with Donald Trump in 2013 to develop two Trump-branded golf courses. The Trump International Golf Course Dubai opened in February 2017, and the Trump World Golf Club Dubai, slated to open at the end of 2018.

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Dubai Holding's Gerald Lawless who moved to Dubai in 1978. His hospitality CV has featured 23 years at Forte Hotels, followed by 18 years at the Jumeirah Group.

See the full list here.


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