Sheikh Ahmed has achieved a great deal for Dubai. Not only did he create a thriving national airline from scratch, but he continued to invest in the city’s landscape through his family office. Dubai Holding, one of the largest landowners in the city, owns over 26 million square meters of land. The firm has invested in impressive skyscrapers in Business Bay, luxurious 1/JBR apartments, and hotels in Jumeirah Beach Residence.
Its hospitality arm, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, operates and manages several hotels, resorts and residences across the Middle East, Europe and Asia. In fact, it is behind the establishment of one of the most iconic landmarks, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. To this day, the ground-breaking sail-shaped skyscraper is still regarded as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.
In addition to its real estate and hospitality investments, Dubai Holding launched The Innovation Hub in 2019. The retail space spans 1.8 million feet and is aligned with the government’s strategy to turn Dubai into a smart city. It houses state-of-the-art technology and communications facilities to cater to the global business district, Dubai Internet City.