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 Chief Operating Officer at Meraas Holding LLC, a Dubai based holding conglomerate. Amit also held the position of Chief Financial & Investment Officer during his tenure at Meraas and was responsible for the Funding, Treasury, Strategic Capital and Corporate Finance businesses. Amit is also on the Board of Marsa Al Seef LLC.

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 strategy including matters pertaining to its companies; Jumeirah Group, Dubai Properties, TECOM Group, Dubai Asset Management and Arab Media Group.

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 Office 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 online and mobile banking services, 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, "Hala China" a joint venture with Meraas and Uptown School Advisory Board.  Previously was the Vice Chair of 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.

Neetan Chopra

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Neetan holds a Master’s in Computer Applications (MCA) from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli, India, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Bradford, UK and a Bachelor’s in Physics (Honors) from Delhi University, India.

Neetan Chopra is the Chief Technology Officer of Dubai Holding, where he is responsible for driving digital, analytics and technology outcomes for the overall Group and co-creating new digital business models.

Neetan is a digital thought leader with long-standing experience in technology implementation, impacting the core of companies’ business models, including customer experience, operational excellence and operating culture.

Prior to joining Dubai Holding, Neetan was the Senior Vice President at Emirates Group, where he was responsible for the Group’s technology and innovation strategy. Neetan was instrumental in developing the digital vision of Emirates, steering the global Innovation ecosystem, creating a world-class enterprise architecture function and establishing a real-time, cognitive customer hub.

Neetan began his career at Accenture, where he delivered several IT strategy, technology and restructuring assignments as a Senior Consultant.

Neetan holds several board and advisory positions with technology companies and start-ups. He is a TEDx speaker and frequently speaks on topics such as digital transformation, emerging business models and change management.