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Connections are spread across the world – the real world, that is – for the CEO of government-owned real estate developer Nakheel, the company responsible for Dubai’s artificial island chains, the Palm and the World.

September 29, 2008 5:51 by

As chairman of Nakheel, he is O’Donnell’s boss. One of the leading businessmen in the region, he is said to be the right-hand man – one of them, anyway – of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Sulayem heads Dubai World, which has a portfolio of around 70 companies, and established real estate developer Nakheel and Istithmar, an investment house focusing on private equity and real estate.

A member of the World Economic Forum, Sulayem was chairman of Jebel Ali Free Zone from its inception in 1985 and heads the Dubai Ports Authority. A board member of the Executive Council of the Dubai government and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, he is also chairman of, an on-line B2B marketplace.

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