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Al Habtoor gives keynote address PMI UAE Khaleeji Chapter

by Joanna Andrews

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor delivered the keynote speech at The PMI UAE Khaleeji Chapter in an event at The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah on Tuesday 24 January, 2017. Al Habtoor was honoured at the event by the PMI UAE Khaleeji Chapter. He was presented with a trophy for his support of the UAE-based organization.

Leila Faridoon added, “Dubai has its own style of leadership in Project Management. PMI UAE Chapter is keen to showcase Dubai’s style and experience through its prominent leaders. It was a pleasure to have HE Khalaf Al Habtoor in the PMI UAE Chapter annual gathering, who gave a great example of this style of leadership.”

The PMI UAE Khaleeji Chapter is the UAE Chapter of the US-based Project Management Institute, which is run by volunteers.

In his keynote address, Al Habtoor told the group of 300 delegates his personal experience in Project Management, and offered leadership advice on how to mitigate risks when dealing with large-scale projects.

The Al Habtoor Group, the sole sponsor of the event, has a diverse portfolio which incorporates 14 hotels; seven abroad and seven in Dubai; Al Habtoor Motors, which consists of well-known marques including Bentley, McLaren and Mitsubishi; Diamondlease, a car leasing company; and two international schools.

The Chairman said that the United Arab Emirates is like a school for project management. “Our country is young in age, but old in experience. We are just 45 years old, yet we have managed to build a country that is today the envy of the world. The innovative projects that are carried out here are genius. Take the RTA, for example. What it has done with the Dubai Water Canal is phenomenal. I have to commend the RTA for managing the project with minimal impact to the residents of Dubai, and for creating something truly spectacular.”

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