Chairman’s Message

At Bin Harmal Sons Group, we believe in progress. Our objective is not just to grow, but to support the UAE and its leaders in their vision. For this reason, BHS has actively been recognized for achievements in the educational, economic, construction, and IT sectors, just to name a few.

Our founders built the name and reputation of BHS on hard work and the belief that companies who contribute to society, can also generate income and long-term capital growth by carefully selecting investment opportunities and ensuring a compliance with the principles of Islamic Sharia’a.

Today, BHS Group has diversified by extending our investment into sectors such as real estate, education, healthcare, tourism, IT, and much more. We try to ensure that every asset associated to our name is a reflection of our long term commitment to society and its values. Another success factor, is the fact that we believe in building long-standing relationships with our partners and

Finally, we believe in our people. We pride ourselves in having a team of professionals who are passionate about our vision, all the while combining a pristine work ethic with a friendly, multicultural work environment. They support BHS in its bid to be recognized as a group that promotes growth, success, and prosperity, and all in line with our core values.

Sincerely, Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri


Passion for living the commitment to innovation and excellence, has led to over two decades of experience in establishing and launching successful ventures in various industries: higher education, travel & tourism, investments, IT, etc. Dedication to driving performance to deliver sustainable growth has generated a deep understanding of models for fostering centers of excellence that achieve success.

Abu Dhabi University (ADU), EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Present Chairman of the Board of Directors and Founder, UAE 2001 –
Present CEO and Founder Abu Dhabi University Holding Group, UAE 2008 –
Managing Director Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, UAE October 2008 – June 2016
Chairman Emirates International Hospital, UAE 2001 – January 2012
Present CEO and Founder Abu Dhabi University Holding Group, UAE 1994 –
Account Executive 1992 – 1993
Marketing Manager Bin Harmal Travel, UAE 1993 – 1994


Desert Adventures Tourism, UAE, Chairman and Founder niche desert tourism company established, developed and then sold for profit 1997 – 2008
Exceed IT Service Company, UAE, Chairman and Founder – IT service company established and developed 1999 –
Fortune Properties, UAE, Chairman and Founder – property and facilities management organization 2005 –
Magna Investment, UAE, Chairman and Founder – investment organization established, developed and running successfully 2006 –
Abu Dhabi University Holding Company, UAE, Chairman and Founder – holding company for all educational entities 2006 –
Aim Events, UAE, Chairman and Founder – local events and conference company producing top quality events aligned with the Abu Dhabi 2030 Economic plan 2008 – 2012
Summit Careers, UAE, Chairman and Founder – successful recruitment and career development company that supports students and Emiratis with career planning and employment placement 2009 –
Al Ain Homes, Jordan, Chairman and Founder – successful real estate development organization located in Jordan 2013 –


Al Ain Economic Development Committee Member 2010 – 2012
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company Chairman, Audit Committee 2008 – 2011
Member, Audit Committee 2011 – 2015
Member, Board of Directors 2006 – 2016
Member, HR Committee 2011 – 2016
Member, Group CEO Search Committee 2011 – 2012
Chairman, Strategic Performance Committee 2012 – 2016
ExCeL London, The International Exhibition and Conference Centre Member, Board of Directors 2008 – 2016
Chairman, Nomination & Remuneration Committee 2011 – 2016
Chairman, Investment Committee 2011 – 2016
Chairman, Audit Committee 2008 – 2011
Member, Audit Committee 2011 – 2015
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority Member, Audit Committee 2010 – 2015
Abu Dhabi University Chairman, Establishing Committee 2001 – 2003
Chairman of the Executive Board 2003 – 2014
Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee 2003 – Present
Vice Chair, HR & Compensation Committee 2014 – Present
Chairman, Graduating Committee 2007 – Present
Member, Board of Trustees 2003 – Present
Chairman, ADU Board of Directors 2014 – Present
Abu Dhabi University Holding Company Member, Board of Directors 2006 – Present
NECC Chairman, National Exhibition & Conference Committee 2008 – 2014
Al Ain Club Chairman, Planning and Quality Committee 2007 – 2008
Chairman, Budget Committee 2004 – 2006
Chairman, Re-engineering and Process Improvement Steering Committee 2006 – 2007
Member, Follow Up Committee 2002 – 2005
General Secretary 2005 – 2008
Chairman, Executive Committee 2005 – 2008
Higher Education Sports Federation Vice President 2008 – Present
Bin Harmal Sons Group Chairman, Board of Directors 2001 – Present
Emirates Foundation Member, Executive Committee 2011 – Present
Emirates International Hospital Chairman, Board of Directors 1998 – Present
Exceed Chairman, Board of Directors 1999 – Present
Liwa International School Chairman, Board of Directors 1998 – Present
Magna Investment Group Chairman, Board of Directors 1997 – Present
UAE Red Crescent Member, Board of Directors 2009 – 2011
Member, Executive Committee 2010 – 2011
National Takaful Company PSC, Watania Member Board of Directors 2011 – 2015
Member, Executive Committee 2010 – 2015
Chairman, Nomination & Remuneration Committee 2011 – 2015
Member, Audit Committee 2011 – 2015


• Al Ain Sports Club, Honorary Board Member

• Emirati- German Friendship Society, Member

• Emarati-Swiss Friendship Society, Member


2001 Masters of Business Administration: The American University, Washington D.C.

1997 Bachelor of Business Administration: UAE University, Al Ain


Professional Qualification/ Training Institution/ Country Year
ISO 9001 Auditing Workshop UAE 1998
The Mackenzie & the Organizational CAT/Scan EcoMan UAE 1998
Computer Information Systems (CIS) STMC, USA 1999
Effective Negotiating I Karrass, USA 2000
Managing Protocol Issues-International Protocol and Etiquette The Lett Group, USA 2001
Tradeshow & Meetings Etiquette The Lett Group, USA 2001
Effective Negotiating II Karrass, USA 2001
Hands-On Project Management: Skills for Success Learning Tree International, USA 2001
Influence Skills Learning Tree International, USA 2001
Business Process Re-Engineering Learning Tree International, USA 2001
The Four Roles of a Leader LIL, USA 2001
IT Management Certified Professional Learning Tree International, USA 2002
Planning and Controlling Complex Projects Learning Tree International, USA 2002
Strategic Innovation Executive Workshop with Costas Markides Abu Dhabi, UAE 2013
Conferences, Forums & Summits Institution/ Country Year
Management Leaders Forum IIR, UAE 2004
The International Leadership Summit Dubai, UAE 2004
Computer Information Systems (CIS) STMC, USA 1999
Arab Strategy Forum Dubai, UAE 2004
Quality in Higher Education Conference UAE 2005
Entrepreneur Forum Dubai, UAE 2005
Leaders in Dubai Business Forum Dubai, UAE 2007
Emiratisation Forum Abu Dhabi, UAE 2009
Innovation Forum Abu Dhabi, UAE 2010
The Abu Dhabi Forum for Entrepreneurship Abu Dhabi, UAE 2010
The Global Logistics Forum Abu Dhabi, UAE 2010
LGT Global Forum Vienna, Austria 2011
Social Responsibility & ISO 26000 Conference Abu Dhabi, UAE 2012
4th Annual Board of Directors Dubai, UAE 2016