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Nakheel appoints Naaman Atallah as CEO

November 22, 2020

Dubai, UAE

Nakheel, one of the UAE’s largest real estate builder and master developer of the Palm Island, International City and Jumeirah Islands, has appointed former Emaar and Dubai Properties official as Chief Executive Officer.  

Atallah has more than 25 years’ experience in the real estate sector in the Middle East and India, through key leadership positions at Dubai Properties, Emaar, Qatari Diar and, most recently, Piramal Realty in India. Educated in the USA, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He has also completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.

In his long career, he held the position of Group Managing Director of Hamptons International, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Bawadi, Chief Operating Officer of Emaar Properties, CEO of Qatari Diar, CEO of Dubai Properties and CEO of Piramal Realty.

Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Shaibani, Chairman of Nakheel, said: “Naaman brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Nakheel. As we enter a new phase in our growth, his extensive experience and proven track record will be key in further enhancing Nakheel’s position as a world-leading, customer-focused organisation that plays a pivotal role in the growth of Dubai’s real estate sector.” 

Nakheel is a Dubai Government-owned master developer of large communities and mixed-use developments. Nakheel’s master developments span 15,000 hectares, accommodate nearly 300,000 people and provide a growing range of destinations, attractions and facilities for Dubai’s citizens, residents and tourists. They include Palm Jumeirah, The World, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Village, Al Furjan, The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali Village, Dragon City, Nad Al Sheba Villas, Warsan Village, International City and the upcoming Deira Islands – a new destination for tourism, living and leisure at Dubai’s oldest, most traditional trading hub.

Nakheel Residential Leasing’s portfolio currently comprises 17,000 villas and apartments at The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali Village, Al Furjan, Nad Al Sheba Villas, Palm Jumeirah, Badrah, Veneto and International City.