Career Fair 2007

The 7th annual career fair exhibition from the 13th of March to the 15th of March 2007 ended with a success for both visitors and participating companies. Al Habtoor Group participated for the second time in row in the career fair exhibition.

Al Habtoor Group has grown with the UAE and is now internationally recognized through its Construction, Hotels, Real Estate, Education, Automobile Distribution & Leasing and Publishing businesses. It is one of the UAE’s most successful & respected diversified business corporations operating across the Middle East and beyond.

One of the successes of this year's career fair for Al Habtoor Group is the number of visitors, which has increased significantly, also this year high school student had the chance to apply during the career fair.

Al Habtoor Group of companies mission during the 2007 career fair exhibition was to hire the U.A.E nationals applicants in all divisions of the companies under Al Habtoor Group. The Emiritization plan was held under the direct supervision of the Chairman Mr. Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor and the CEO Mr. Mohammed Khalaf Al Habtoor. Al Habtoor Group plan is raise up the percentage of U.A.E nationals in Al Habtoor Group up to 25% by the end of 2007.

Ms. Azza Al Sharhan - Director, Mr. Essa Al Mulla - Programme Development Manager, Emirates Nationals Development Programme visited Al Habtoor Group head office and met Mr. Khalaf Al Habtoor - Chairman, Mr. Mohammed Khalaf Al Habtoor - Chief Executive and Senior Group Directors and Divisional Managers to discuss further avenues of cooperation. Chairman Mr. Khalaf Al Habtoor stressed the on going commitment of the group to capitalize on UAE nationals employment as a strategic and long term investment. The programme officials stressed the pioneering implementation of the group commitment towards uae nationals employment.

Khalaf Al Habtoor Urges
The Lebanese State to Put Aside Their Internal Differences

Beirut, 20th March, 2007 -Mr. Khalaf Al Habtoor, Chairman of Al Habtoor Group, urged the Lebanese state to put aside their internal political differences and work towards providing a secure and just environment for investors in the country. Speaking to an audience of invited media, during a press conference held at Beirut Airport, he said, "Arab and Lebanese investors are considering the option of proceeding through international law to obtain justice and compensation". He went on to outline the significant damages sustained to investors resulting from the inability of the state to implement law and order.

Clarifying his position, Al Habtoor, said, "Due to the continuing unfriendly investment climate in Lebanon, a number of Arab and Lebanese investors have approached me to join them in suing the State of Lebanon before the UNICITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) or ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes). I have used my personal leverage to persuade them to hold back, believing that the prevailing state of affairs would change. But in all honesty, how long can I continue to do this. Are things really going to improve to a satisfactory level in the in the near future?"

In conclusion, Al Habtoor added, "I find it difficult to accept the employee layoffs that have resulted from this catalogue of disasters where decent people have been deprived of their income and ultimately the ability to support their families. Lebanon needs to attract foreign investments to create more employment and for that to happen the State has to ensure security for the investor".


Mr.Khalaf Al Habtoor receives visitors from Nomura Holdings. 1- Dr. Junichi Ujiie - Chairman of Nomura Holdings & Mr. Khalaf Al Habtoor Chairman of Al Habtoor Group. 2- Dr. Junichi Ujiie - Chairman of Nomura Holdings, Mr. Takahide Mizuno - Executive Vice President of Nomura Assest Management, Mr. Yasuharu Tanaka - Director-Investment of Nomura Investment Banking, Mr. Kiyoshi Takai - Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Nomura Holdings and Mr. Takuya Furuya - President of Nomura Investment Banking with Mr. Khalaf Al Habtoor - Chairman of Al Habtoor Group and executive managers from Al Habtoor Group. 3- Mr. Takahide Mizuno, Mr. Yasuharu Tanaka, Mr. Kiyoshi Takai and Mr. Takuya Furuya.

From the left Mr. David D. Arnold President of The American University In Cairo, Mr. Khalaf Al Habtoor Chairman of Al Habtoor Group and Mr. Kenneth Manotti Vice President of The American University In Cairo during their visit to Mr. Khalaf Al Habtor office.

Area Representative of Al Habtoor group in Lebanon Mr. Abdallah Al Zoabi and Spa Manager Ms. Rita Aoun welcoming famous singer Elissa at Habtoor Grand Hotel Beirut and honouring her member ship at the Elixir Spa Beirut


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