United Arab Emirates
Executive Director, Nakheel
Manal Qassim Shaheen Abdulla obtained her BSc in Business Administration, and is now the Executive Director of Nakheel, one of the world’s largest privately held real estate developers, developing residential, commercial, retail, and leisure projects in Dubai. Nakheel’s developments spread across more than two billion square feet of land, which is projected to be worth more than US $80 billion. Its projects include The Palm, which consists of three man-made islands, The World, which is a collection of private islands that form a map of the world off the coast of Dubai, and Waterfront, the world’s largest waterfront development. Abdulla is Vice-Chairperson for Forsa, an investment vehicle for women, and Vice-Chairperson of the Board, Dubai Women Establishment. She was the recipient of the Middle East Excellence’s 2007 award for Middle East Businesswoman of the Year.