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Shahar Peer

How is the Israeli tennis player who is all set to play in the UAE, linked to a ‘shamed’ athlete who said that he loves Dubai? And where does Abu Dhabi’s most popular business personality fit in?

February 15, 2010 2:12 by

Sulaiman al-Fahim

Often called the “Donald Trump of Abu Dhabi”, al-Fahim started real estate company Hydra Properties in 2005, and within two years the company had launched over $2 billion worth of projects. Sulaiman al-Fahim is a popular man; he has been pictured with Pamela Anderson and Demi Moore, and is the star of reality TV show The Hydra Executives, which offers the winner a prize of $1 million to invest in property.

As one of the most talked about Arab businessmen, al-Fahim has also received some negative press.  He has been questioned for adding the ‘Dr’ prefix to his name, as the university from which he claims he received his PhD in real estate does not offer such a degree.  Some investors have also alleged that his company, Hydra Properties, does not have the funds to complete all of its projects.

Al-Fahim also came under the spotlight after he helped the Abu Dhabi take-over of football club Manchester City from its previous owner…


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