Mr. Ishak has a decade and a half of regional and international experience in leading real estate and hospitality projects, with full value chain expertise, from market analysis and identification of attractive value add opportunities with favourable risk return, to deal structure and asset acquisition, through to asset management and disposition. He leverages his extensive knowledge of global real estate and hospitality markets in combination with building and maintaining lasting relationships with a range of institutional investors, partners and stakeholders.
Prior to joining DXB Entertainments, Mr. Ishak was the CFO of Emirates REIT from REIT Manager Equitativa Group, where he led a landmark transaction marking the first REIT from the MENA region to access the international sukuk market and obtain a credit rating. The sukuk represented the tightest credit spread of any debut issue by a Dubai real estate entity. Prior to that, Mr. Ishak joined from hospitality owner and management giant, Westmont Hospitality Group. In a career spanning 13 years with Westmont, he has worked in a number of different finance roles initially in Toronto, Canada and more recently as a Managing Director in both Singapore and Tokyo, directing the Group’s day-to-day management and operations across the Asia region. He has been instrumental in executing and structuring milestone projects such as, the largest ever REIT privatization on the Toronto Stock Exchange a $2.5 billion public to private acquisition of Legacy Hotel REIT owners of 24 Fairmont and Delta Hotels throughout the United States and Canada, the establishment of a high yield debt fund in the United States through joint ventures with institutional investors, and growing AUM in Asia to over $1.0bn with co-managed and newly established independent Westmont Funds with a variety of structures.
Mr. Ishak is a CFA charterholder and holds a BA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Ahmad Hussain joined DXB Entertainments in August 2017. Ahmad is a seasoned professional within the regional theme park industry with extensive experience in operations and Business Development.
He joined Global Village, the regions premier cultural and family entertainment destination, as Chief Operating Officer in 2013 and was promoted to CEO in 2015, where he was responsible for the successful expansion of the business.
Ahmad is a board member at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Previously he held positions at Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company , the Engineer’s Office of HH Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ADNOC and BP, North Sea.
Ahmad graduated with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northumbria, UK and earned his MSc in Engineering Management from Sunderland University, UK.
Waseem Hassan joined DXB Entertainments in 2014 and has headed Human Resources and Administration through the critical pre-opening phase of Dubai Parks and Resorts. In 2018, Waseem took on additional responsibility for Information Technology, Procurement and Business Excellence in his new role as Chief Business Support Officer.
With over thirteen years’ experience in Human Resources management at leading leisure and development companies, Waseem brings extensive knowledge of Human Resources and experience in managing successful large-scale resourcing projects and in implementation of IT infrastructure.
Prior to joining DXB Entertainments, Waseem was the Corporate Director of Human Resources & Administration at the Leisure and Entertainment division, within Meraas Holding, where he led Human Resources initiatives to support the organisation’s strategic goals. Waseem also spent five years as Director of Human Resources at the Jumeirah Group with responsibility for the Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and the Food and Beverage Group of Jumeirah International Group. Previously, Waseem has held key positions within Dubai Holding and the Executive Office (Government of Dubai).
Waseem is a Chartered Fellow – CIPD, UK and a Business Administration graduate.