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About President

PROFILE:

Chairman of Universal Group of Companies that includes 12 companies which lead the Yemeni market in tourism, travel, hotels, express services (DHL) , car rental (Hertz), Universal Eagles(Security Guards) and Travelport Global System (GDS) . The total no. of employees in this group exceeds 800 employees.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • A member of Supreme Board of Tourism, headed by the Prime Minister, since 1993.
  • Member of Tourism Promotion Board from 1995 to 2006 and Vice Chairman of the Board from 2006 till now.
  • Chairman of the Yemen Hotels Union since establishment in 1999.
  • Member of the Board of directors of the Arab Federation for Hotels and Tourism since 1999.
  • A founding member of Yemen Travel & Tourism Association.
  • Honorary Consul of the kingdom of Spain to Yemen for 18 years since 1988 till the official opening of the Spanish Embassy in Yemen in 2006.
  • Member of Yemen Businessmen Federation.
  • Deputy Chairman of Yemeni Omani Businessmen Board of Directors.
  • A founding member and Chairman of AlKhair Foundation for social Development.
  • Active member in the Int'l Federation of Automobiles "Federation International de L'Automobile.

 

SOCIAL & NATIONAL PARTICIPATION:

  • Founder of "Al Khair Foundation for Social Development" that provides scholarships for high school and university students.
  • Providing monthly financial support for female teachers working in rural areas to eradicate illiteracy and enhance primary education (exceeding 18 teachers).
  • Main Sponsor and financier to build equip and provide running cost for 5 women hand crafts centers in rural areas in Yemen.
  • Financial Support for more than 20 charitable and cultural associations.
  • Financial Supporter for expanding schools and supply of furniture & computers in rural areas.
  • Supporter of environment awareness campaigns and actual participation in town cleaning campaigns.
  • Participating and financially supporting "Let Me Learn" program for young girls carried out by UNICEF, Ministry of Education and four other pioneering private sector companies.
  • Participate on behave of Yemen Education For Employment Foundation in the 2010 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa which took place during the period 26-28 October 2010 in Marrakech, in partnership with the Government of Morocco.

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor Degree in Political Science and International Relations, U.S.A KU. Lawrence Kansas 1969.

HONORS RECEIVED:

  • "Unity Plaque" due to the effective participation in the Yemeni Red Crescent National Campaign to reduce the suffering of the victims of the 1994 civil war.
  • As Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Spain in Yemen, I have been honored with a Medal of Honor by his Majesty the King of Spain.
  • "Pioneers of Tourism Business Plaque" in 2008.
  • Fellowship award from European Marketing promotion Association (EMPA).
  • Other social and professional certificates and awards.
  • "Excellence Award" for Al-Hawta Palace hotel 2011, awarded by the president of Yemen.