Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor has been named a “Leading
Intellectual of the World - 2004” by the prominent
organization “American Biographical Institute”, in
recognition of his outstanding intellectual
contributions and leadership for the betterment of the
lives of mankind.
The third edition
of leading people includes some 500 influential men and
women from around the world “whose deeds rise above
their contemporaries and whose achievements certainly
are worthy of note by others”. Those chosen for
inclusion were determined by the Board of the
Organization through a non-discriminating process based
entirely upon merit
The institute is assisted in
its search for those prominent men and women by colleges
and universities, professors, business leaders,
community and professional groups, government and public
officials and others who are in positions of importance.
In addition, the board of advisors, which consists of
6.500 members worldwide, helps in the process as well.
The Institute “takes pride in its strict selection
procedures…. As the honor of being selected cannot be
obtained merely by request or by any purchase”.
In its biography
of Mr. Al Habtoor, the Board of the Institute noted that
he is a self-made man. He began his career as an
employee in a local construction company, then founded
his own contracting company, Al Habtoor Engineering
Enterprises LLC in 1970. The company developed rapidly
to become one of the biggest contracting firms in the
A past member of
the National Council, he was also a former member of the
Board of Directors of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, and was the Chairman of the Commercial Bank of
Dubai for 3 years. In 1975, he founded Al Ittihad
Private School, and in 1991, launched Emirates
International School that developed quickly to become
one of the top leading schools in the UAE, with around
2.000 students that represent over 80 nationalities.
A few weeks
earlier, Mr. Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor has been honoured
by the American University College of Science &
Technology, where at the graduation ceremony held in
Beirut on July 26, university president Hiam Sakr
bestowed upon him the Doctorate Honoris Causa in Humane
Letters (Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters).
Currently, Mr. Al
Habtoor is the Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group and
Dubai National Insurance and Reinsurance Company. Al
Habtoor Group has diversified its businesses, and
presently in active I several sectors such as
hospitality, contracting, education, automobiles, etc.