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Board of Directors

Chaired by the distinguished Mr. Abdulla Ali Obaid Al Hamli, Deyaar’s directors comprise eminent and inspiring entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts. Each presents a unique perspective and endless wisdom garnered over the years in their field of expertise. They lead by example and offer advice, mentorship, and crucial insights to the passionate team at Deyaar.


Mr. Abdullah Al Hamli – Chairman

Mr. Al Hamli has amassed years of experience in the real estate and banking sector, bringing a pioneering management approach through his exceptional leadership skills. A distinguished professional, he currently serves as Board Member and Managing Director of Dubai Islamic Bank and is also the Chairman of Emirates REIT.

Mr. Abdullah Lootah – Vice Chairman

Mr. Abdullah Lootah is the Vice Chairman of Deyaar. He has been a member of the board since 2008, bringing with him years of experience in real estate, banking, and investment. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Lootah Group of Companies, Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Dubai Men’s College.

H.E. Khalifa Al Zaffin – Member

H.E. Khalifa Al Zaffin is a board member of Deyaar having been appointed to the board in 2006. He is also the Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation Corporation, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, Chairman of Cleveland Bridge, Member of the Board of Directors of Dubai World Trade Centre, Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Mr. Mohamed Al Sharif – Member

Mr. Al Sharif is a board member of Deyaar, having been appointed to the board in 2009. He is an astute business professional with decades of experience in real estate, trading, banking, accounting, and finance. He is also the Chief of Investment Banking at Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC, Member of the Board in Tamweel, and Member of the Audit Committee of the company. He holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the Catholic University of America and is also an accredited CPA from the Virginia State Council of Accountants.

Mr. Mohammed Al Nahdi – Member

Mr. Al Nahdi brings a wealth of knowledge in real estate, banking, it, and finance. He is also the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC, Vice Chairman in Tamweel, Member of the Board of Directors of Dubai Islamic Bank in Khartoum and Kenya, Member of NRC, and the Executive Committee of the Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting Management from the University of Baghdad.

Dr. Adnan Chilwan – Member

Dr. Chilwan holds a Doctorate and a Master's in Marketing and a Bachelor's degree in Islamic Banking and Insurance from the American University of London and is a Certified Islamic Banker (CeIB). Appointed in the Board since 2009, he also serves as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC, Member of the Board of Tamweel, and an Associate Fellow Member in the Islamic Finance Professionals Board.

Mr. Obaid Nasser Lootah – Member

Mr. Nasser Lootah is a stalwart of the real estate and banking industry. He is the Vice President/Head of the Real Estate Investment Department in Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC, a Board Member at Arady Development, and Member of the Executive Committee of the Company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of UAE.

Mr. Yasser Bin Zayed Al Falasi – Member

Mr. Al Falasi oversees the auditing committee of Deyaar. Having been appointed in the Board since 2016, he is also the Chief Operating Officer at the Dubai Office and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University.

Ms. Maryam Bin Fares – Member

Ms. Bin Fares is experienced in banking and corporate treasury management and was appointed as a member in 2019. She is the Senior Manager Treasury Dealing at Etihad Airways and Member of the Audit Committee of the Company. She holds a Master’s degree in International Business at Wollongong University Dubai, UAE.