Mohammed Al Fahim
Mohammed AJ Al Fahim joined the family business, after completing his studies in England, at the beginning of 1968. With the aid of his late father, Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, he managed to diversify and grow the company into one of the largest family-owned businesses in the Middle East and currently serves as Honorary Chairman of Al Fahim Group of Companies.
An advocate of converting family businesses to public companies, Mr Al Fahim set a precedent in the UAE by successfully obtaining the first permission for a family business to go public. He won the Gulf Chief Executive Award in 1995 and the ABA ME for the Arab Business Excellence Award in 2007. He is the patron of the Future Centre and the Special Care Centre, non-profit organisations for children with special needs.
As a guardian of his country’s history, he has written his first book, From Rags to Riches: A Story of Abu Dhabi in English. The book has been published in Arabic, Japanese, French, Urdu, Russian, German, Italian, Azeri and Spanish. He has also written The Guide to Starting a Business in the United Arab Emirates, published in both Arabic and English. He is a popular keynote speaker at conferences in the Gulf and beyond.