Meet Our Leadership Team

Meet our leadership team helping shape Dubai Holding's goals.

H.E. Abdulla Ahmed Al Habbai

Chairman
Since inception, Dubai Holding has played an instrumental role in delivering Dubai’s ambition of a thriving diversified economy and is well positioned to drive Dubai’s’ journey towards being the smartest, most productive and happiest cities in the world.

Abdulla Al Habbai is the Chairman of Dubai Holding. In his role as Chairman of Dubai Holding, Al Habbai will drive Dubai Holding investments in projects and initiatives that will deliver new creative, infrastructural and technological excellence, and add value to the knowledge-based economy, in line with the UAE’s ambitious growth plans.

He is also the Group Chairman of Meraas and Chief Executive Officer of the Engineering Office – The Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, a post he has held since 2004.

Abdulla Al Habbai has more than 25 years of experience in the property and real estate sector. He was also mandated by Dubai Municipality, where he spent 18 years of his career, to oversee and translate the Emirate’s vision for Urban Planning.

In addition to his capacities at Dubai Holding, Meraas and the Engineering Office– The Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Al Habbai is also the Chairman of Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai Hills and Valiant Healthcare. He additionally serves as the Deputy Chairman of Rove Hospitality.

Abdulla Al Habbai is a board member of several leading private and government entities in Dubai, including Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC) and Museum of the Future.  Abdulla Al Habbai is also the CEO of Shamal.

Amit Kaushal

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Amit has held several roles as a specialist and in structured lending, derivatives and private equity, focused largely on developing markets and has helped raise investment capital across several regions including the GCC and Central and Eastern Europe.

Amit Kaushal is the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the commercial and financial strategy for the overall Group.

Amit was the Senior Vice President of Funding & Treasury Management at Meraas, a Dubai based holding conglomerate. Amit was responsible for the Funding, Treasury, Strategic Capital and Corporate Finance businesses. As part of his role Amit is also on the Board of Al Seef, a company operating a mixed use real estate development (hospitality, retail and food and beverage) in the Dubai creek area.

Amit has extensive experience in Investment Banking, joining Meraas from Goldman Sachs where he worked in the Investment Banking Division and having also worked at UBS and Deutsche Bank, both in London and Dubai.

Amit has held several roles as a specialist and in structured lending, derivatives and private equity, focused largely on developing markets and has helped raise investment capital across several regions including the GCC and Central and Eastern Europe.

Amit is a British national, schooled and raised in Kenya before attending university in the UK. 

He holds a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (First Class Hons) in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from the University of Warwick.

Edward Sunna

CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Edward has more than 20 years’ experience in legal practice and strategy in the areas of construction, engineering, utilities, infrastructure, real estate development, corporate, commercial, capital markets, banking and finance, cross border transactions and arbitration.

Edward holds the position of Chief Legal Officer at Dubai Holding. Edward founded the legal function of the Meraas Group where he is the Chief Legal Officer and also the General Legal Advisor at the Engineering Office – The Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, a post he has held since 2008.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in legal practice and strategy in the areas of construction, engineering, utilities, infrastructure, real estate development, corporate, commercial, capital markets, banking and finance, cross border transactions and arbitration.

Prior to moving in‐house, Edward led Al Tamimi & Company’s construction law practice and acted for various government institutions and publicly listed corporations both locally and internationally; and was internationally rated during his time in private practice.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; he is on the panel of some of the leading arbitration centres including the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the LCIA‐ DIFC Arbitration Centre, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Edward is a former part‐time member of staff at Heriot‐Watt University, Dubai Campus; he is an Advisor with the Dubai Real Estate Institute and the author of numerous publications. He also lectures for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Edward Sunna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with Honours and Industrial Relations from the University of New South Wales in Australia. He also has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and is admitted as a barrister of the High Court of Australia and admitted as a legal practitioner of the DIFC Courts in Dubai.

Omar Karim

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Omar has extensive experience as an adviser and principal, having worked at both international and state-owned financial institutions with specialist roles across private equity, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets.

Omar Karim is the Chief Investment Officer of Dubai Holding, where he is responsible for driving the overall investment strategy for the Group and overseeing the execution and management of portfolio investments.

Omar has extensive experience as an adviser and principal, having worked at both international and state-owned financial institutions with specialist roles across private equity, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets.

Prior to joining Dubai Holding, Omar was a Senior Vice President in Investments and Strategic Capital at Meraas, a Dubai based holding conglomerate.

He trained as an investment banker and spent the majority of his career at UBS Investment Bank, where he was responsible for the execution of a broad range of mergers, acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions with clients across the consumer & retail, telecommunications & media and real estate sectors. Omar also covered sovereign wealth funds from the GCC providing strategic advice to assist them enter, manage and exit their international investments.

Omar holds several board positions with companies operating in the real estate, hospitality and technology sectors.

Omar received a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance, with high distinction, from Monash University, Australia.

Huda Buhumaid

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Buhumaid successfully steers Dubai Holding’s Marketing including matters pertaining to its companies; Jumeirah Group, Dubai Properties Group, TECOM Group, Emirates International Telecommunications, Jumeirah Central, Dubai Group and Dubai International Capital.

Huda Buhumaid joined Dubai Holding in 2006, responsible for the conglomerate’s branding, marketing, corporate communications, public relations and CSR.

Over the last few years, Buhumaid has successfully launched several strategic projects both at the Corporate and portfolio companies which won many awards.

Prior to joining Dubai Holding Corporate Office, Buhumaid was Managing Director – Marketing & Communications, Dubai Group. She oversaw the marketing and communications strategies for Dubai Group subsidiaries in various international markets. Buhumaid successfully developed and launched new brand identities for companies such as Borse Dubai, Emirates Investment Authority, as well as re-branding Dubai International Financial Exchange into NASDAQ Dubai.

Previously, Buhumaid worked with Citibank UAE quickly moving the ranks from Marketing Manager – Credit Cards to Assistant Vice President – Marketing and Business Development. At Citibank, Buhumaid launched several “first” initiatives, including the internet and mobile banking service, which received several advertising recognitions.

Buhumaid is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Programme, INSEAD, UAE, holds a master’s degree in Organisational Excellence with Honours from Bradford University, UK and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai.

Buhumaid is a board member at Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, Dubai Women's Establishment and Uptown School Advisory Board.  Previously was the Vice Chair for Dubai First, a consumer finance company and the Middle East Public Relations Association, she also served on the boards of TECOM Group and Khaleej Times.

Mohamed Sabah

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
A Dubai Holding veteran, Sabah previously served as CIO of TECOM Group, rolling out company’s leading-edge IT infrastructure, allowing the Group to scale up its capacity and foster future business growth.

Mohamed Sabah assumed the role as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Dubai Holding in August 2016 to oversee Information Technology operations and support services for more than 22,000 staff.

A Dubai Holding veteran, Sabah previously served as CIO of TECOM Group (TECOM), a Dubai Holding company. During his tenure at TECOM, Sabah was responsible for rolling out company’s leading-edge IT infrastructure, allowing the Group to scale up its capacity and foster future business growth. Sabah also successfully streamlined the company’s internal technology infrastructure to enhance the Group’s efficiency.

Prior to joining TECOM Group, Sabah Executive Director of Information Security & Networks Services at Dubai Holding, where he built the Information Security Department and established the Network Services Department. With more than two decades of experience, majority of which is at Dubai Holding and its companies, Mohamed has gained unparalleled knowledge and expertise in developing mission-critical technology solutions, while managing budget controls to deliver bottom line savings and enable overall growth.

Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Leeds Metropolitan University, along with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.