Board of Directors

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Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi

Chairman

Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi is the Managing Director of Embassy Capital, a DIFC registered services company providing credit arrangement, asset management and deal advisory services. Abdulwahab has more than 20 years’ experience in the real estate sector, with expertise in financial restructuring, crisis and debt management, credit enhancements and joint ventures.

Previously he was the Group Chief Investment Officer of Meraas Holding, a partner at KPMG and has acted as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Properties, a member of Dubai Holding.

He holds a BSc in Economics from London School of Economics and an Executive MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a member of the UK-based Securities Institute.

Abdulwahab is a Board Member of Union Properties, and a Partner at Decker-Halabi, a real estate advisory firm.

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Abdullah Bin Habtoor

Vice Chairman

Abdulla Bin Habtoor is the Chief Portfolio Management Officer of Shamal Holding and is responsible for the strategy and growth of a diverse portfolio of assets and investments across different industries and geographies. Abdulla has more than a decade of leadership experience specializing in strategic investments, corporate and financial restructurings, asset management, risk assessment and commercial operations across a wide range of business sectors.

Before joining Shamal, Abdulla has held various roles at the Executive Office of the Crown Prince of Dubai overseeing Human Resources, Administration Procurement and Contracts. Prior to this, Abdulla worked for the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

Abdulla holds a Master of Science Degree in Consulting Psychology and BA in Business Administration from Alliant International University, USA. He is a board member of the Middle East Finance Company and Barajoun Entertainment.

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Amina Taher

Independent Director

Amina Taher is the Vice President of Brand, Marketing & Partnerships at Etihad Aviation Group and is responsible for defining the overall brand and marketing strategy for Etihad Aviation Group overseeing the implementation of communication campaigns in over 55 countries. Amina has more than 15 years experience in the field of marketing, branding and communications.

Before joining Etihad, Amina was the Head of Social Development and Sponsorship at Mubadala Investments Company and prior to this, she was the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Zabeel Investments.

Amina holds a masters in public administration, (MPA) degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the London Business School. In 2020, Amina was voted Forbes Power Businesswomen in The Middle East and also featured in Forbes 50 impactful Marketing and Communications Professionals in the Middle East. Amina is a board member of the Middle East Public Relations Association and in the past was also a board member of UAE Tennis Federation. Amina is an active supporter of Tarahum Charity Foundation and provides mentoring to young women in the Middle East.

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Boutros Maroun Boutros

Independent Director

Boutros Maroun Boutros is Divisional Senior Vice President for Emirates Group and is responsible for all marketing and communications activities for the Group which comprises over 50 brands and businesses including Emirates Airlines and dnata. Boutros oversees a team of over 250 professionals specialised in Advertising, Public Relations, Social Media, Sponsorships, Events, Brand Merchandising, Internal Communications, Digital Communications, Creative Services and Visual Services. In addition, he oversees more than 200 global agencies, representing the full marketing spectrum, in delivering creative, integrated marketing communications solutions and campaigns.

In his nearly 30-year career with the Emirates Group, Boutros has played a central role in building and activating the company’s global brands as a strategic tool to deliver business results.

Boutros sits on the Board of the Dubai Film and TV Commission and is also a trustee on the Board of the Emirates Literature Foundation.

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Issam Kazim

Independent Director

Issam Kazim is the CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), which was established in December 2013 as an affiliate of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).

Kazim is responsible for DCTCM’s network of international offices, overseeing the branding, promotion and marketing initiatives that has been instrumental in establishing the Emirate of Dubai as the world’s 4th most visited city. Kazim has played an active role in negotiating and facilitating global partnerships with international media houses such as BBC, CNN, CNBC, The Telegraph Group and Tencent. Kazim also plays an integral role in the development of relationships with industry stakeholders, partners and investors.

Before DCTCM, Kazim was the Director of DXB Live and Commercial at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), and successfully launched strategic live events including Dubai Music Week.

Kazim has a higher diploma in Business Administration from Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Men’s College and an Advanced Management Program from IESE Business School
in Barcelona.

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Shravan Shroff

Independent Director

Shravan Shroff is currently Partner at Rosewood Portal Company LLC, a Dubai based company engaged in online aggregation of tourist villas and other online solutions. Shravan began his career in 1997 with Shringar Films, a family run film distribution business where he pioneered the concept of outsourced screen programming and multiplexing. Under his leadership the group rolled out a chain of 25 multiplexes with 100+ screens in India under the brand name FAME, which he sold to Inox Leisure Ltd. in 2011.

In 2013, Shravan co-founded VentureNursery, India’s first angel based accelerator, that incubates and starts up companies in various domains.

Shravan is a graduate from Mumbai University and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School. Shravan is also an active member of the Mumbai chapter of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) a US based non-profit organization, and is the current Membership Chair of the Mumbai Chapter. He has served on the Censor Board of India from 2008 to 2012.

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Surya Subramanian

Independent Director

Surya Subramanian was the Group Chief Financial Officer for Emirates NBD Group in Dubai since September 2010 until his retirement in February 2020. At Emirates NBD Group, Surya was responsible for corporate strategy and all finance roles across Emirates NBD Bank and its subsidiaries with a view to helping the Group achieve its strategic objectives.

Prior to joining Emirates NBD, Surya was a Director with the Financial Reporting Oversight Division at the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore and Senior Technical Advisor at Ministry of Finance, Singapore. Prior to this, Surya was COO – International Wealth Management, Asia Pacific at Royal Bank of Canada, Singapore. Surya has over 35 years’ experience in Banking and Finance with major international banks covering various CFO roles in Wholesale Banking, Retail and Wealth Management.

Surya is a Chartered Accountant from India and holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce (Honors) from Kolkata University, India. Surya is a board member of Network International Holdings PLC, Tanfeeth LLC and DenizBank AG and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee at Americana Group.

Our Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring effective implementation of the corporate governance framework within the Company via application of the best practice principles incorporated within the Corporate Governance Manual.

The Board is also responsible for leading the Company and its subsidiaries towards the attainment of the Company’s vision and goals and is responsible for enhancing shareholders’ value through management of the business by way of providing strategic direction. The Board oversees the management and is responsible to maintain an adequate system of internal controls which provides assurance of effective and efficient operation, financial reporting and risk management.

The Board of Directors ensures satisfactory succession planning for the Board, the CEO and other executive management of the Company.

The Board of Directors is the decision-making body for all matters of significance to the Company due to their strategic, financial or reputational consequences or implications. Detailed responsibilities of the Board of Directors are laid down in the Board Charter.

Currently, the majority of the Board’s membership comprises of independent directors. Members are chosen for their experience, including that relevant to the Company’s core entertainment and leisure offering.

The Board of Directors’ affairs are managed by a Company Secretary.

  • Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi

    Chairman View Bio
  • Abdullah Bin Habtoor

    Vice Chairman View Bio
  • Amina Taher

    Independent Director View Bio
  • Boutros Maroun Boutros

    Independent Director View Bio
  • Issam Kazim

    Independent Director View Bio
  • Shravan Shroff

    Independent Director View Bio
  • Surya Subramanian

    Independent Director View Bio