Board of Directors

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Abdulla Al Habbai

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Abdulla Al Habbai is the Group Chairman of Meraas Holding and Chairman of Dubai Holding. Mr. Al Habbai is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Engineering Office of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, a post he has held since 2005. Mr. Al Habbai is the Director General of Dubai Creative Clusters Authority and also serves on the Boards of Dubai Real Estate Corporation and Museum of the Future, amongst others, and is the Chief Executive Officer of Shamal.

Mr. Al Habbai has more than 25 years’ experience in the property and real estate sector, including a 16-year term with Dubai Municipality where he was responsible for overseeing and translating the Emirate’s vision for urban planning.

Mr. Al Habbai holds a Master’s degree in Cadastral and Land Information Management from the University of East London, United Kingdom.

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Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi

Independent Director

Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi is the Group Chief Investment Officer of Equitativa Group, a diversified financial services group that is involved in asset management, wealth management and private equity. He is also Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Global Investment House, a Kuwait based investment group.

He 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 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.

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Edris Alrafi

Non-executive Director

Edris Alrafi is the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the commercial and financial strategy for the overall Group. He is also Chief Commercial Officer at Meraas Holding. Edris brings more than 13 years of experience in investment banking and private equity.

Prior to Meraas, Edris served as Head of UAE coverage at Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2008 to manage Sovereign Wealth Funds, UAE Commercial Banks & large UAE corporate clients including GREs for Investment Banking and Securities businesses. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he served as General Manager at First Gulf Bank. He is also presently serving on the Board of Noor Bank PJSC.

Edris holds a Finance degree from Higher College of Technology in the UAE.

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Mohamed Almulla

Executive Director

Mohamed Almulla was appointed Chief Executive Officer of DXB Entertainments in June 2017. Mohamed brings extensive experience from a wide range of media and entertainment business segments, including radio & TV broadcasting, printing & publishing, digital media, out of home advertising, event management, parks & attractions.

He was previously Chief Executive Officer at the Arab Media Group where he oversaw all operational aspects of the group’s three major business units: Arabian Radio Network, Done Events and Global Village. Since his appointment in 2008, Mohamed steered the group towards market growth through innovation in the entertainment sector and new customer-centric strategies.

Prior to joining the Arab Media Group, Mohamed held several leadership positions within the TECOM Group, including Executive Director of Dubai Media City, where he led the consolidation of the business hub’s international status whilst playing a key role in attracting leading global media brands to the region.

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Mukesh Sodani

Non-executive Director

Mukesh Sodani has over 3 decades of experience in finance and investments across various industries. In 2017 Mukesh joined Meraas as Chief Financial & Investment Officer. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of flydubai where he was an integral part of the airline’s growth strategy.

Before joining flydubai in 2011, Mukesh held senior management positions with Noor Bank, Emirates Airline Group and dnata. He started his career in finance with one of the Big Four audit firms in Kuwait and Dubai.

Mukesh qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India, in 1987 before gaining Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) qualifications in the US. He also has a diploma in Business Finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India.

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Amina Taher

Independent Director

Amina Taher has more than 14 years’ experience in the field of marketing and communications. She is Vice President Corporate Affairs at Etihad Aviation Group were she is responsible for leading the global corporate communications strategy. She joined Etihad Airways as Head of Media Relations in 2014 and was previously Head of Social Development and Sponsorship in the Group Communications Unit at Mubadala Investment Company.

Prior to Mubadala, Amina was Executive Director of Corporate Communications at Zabeel Investments. Her career highlights also include mentoring Emirati entrepreneurs, starting an organic food company, speaking at leadership conferences, and championing the advancement of Emirati women in society and business.

Amina holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the London Business School. She has a BS degree in Applied Media Studies from the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai.

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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. He began his career in 1997 with Shringar Films, the 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.

He 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.

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, one-third of the Board’s membership comprises of independent directors with the majority being non-executive 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.

  • Abdulla Al Habbai

    Non-Executive Director View Bio
  • Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi

    Independent Director View Bio
  • Edris Alrafi

    Non-executive Director View Bio
  • Mohamed Almulla

    Executive Director View Bio
  • Mukesh Sodani

    Non-executive Director View Bio
  • Amina Taher

    Independent Director View Bio
  • Shravan Shroff

    Independent Director View Bio