Ahmed El Maghrabi

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Ahmed El Maghrabi, born 1945 in Egypt, is an Egyptian businessman and politician from the National Democratic Party.

Maghrabi holds a degree in Engineering from Cairo University and another in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina University as well as an MBA from Columbia University.[1]

Maghrabi was Minister of Housing in Egypt from December 2005 to 2010, under Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif.[2] Prior to that he was Tourism Minister from 1999.[3] He was formerly CEO of the French company Accor and his family owns the Palm Hill Corporation, real estate developers that are part of the Mansour & Maghrabi Investment Company.[4] His cousins Yasseen Mansour, Mohamed Mansour, and Youssef Mansour were listed on Forbes' The World's Billionaires 2011,[5] and his brother Sherif Ameen El-Maghrabi was chairman of the board of Guezira Hotels & Tourism until 2011.[6]

In early February 2011 Maghrabi was accused, along with his cousins, of profiteering, wasting public money and seizing state land following a cabinet purge by then President Hosni Mubarak as part of a series of trials following the Egyptian revolution and held in Tora Prison.[7][5] He was cleared of corruption charges in 2012 (overturning an earlier verdict) and 2013, but remained in custody due to additional charges.[4] His 2013 acquittal was appealed by the prosecution, but upheld in 2015.[8]


  1. ^ "Biography for Ahmed El Maghraby". Silobreaker. July 15, 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  2. ^ Fouad, Ahmed (April 2016). "Can Egypt's new Cabinet avoid mistakes of the past?". Egypt Pulse. Al Monitor.
  3. ^ Tourists killed in Cairo explosion
  4. ^ a b "Ex-housing minister El-Maghrabi remains behind bars despite release order". Ahram Online. June 3, 2013.
  5. ^ a b El-Wardani, Salma (March 10, 2011). "Egypt's Mansour brothers debut on Forbes list, as one of them faces profiteering charges". Ahram Online.
  6. ^ "Former housing minister's brother resigns from Guezira Hotels & Tourism". Ahram Online. April 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Egypt's ex-police chief appears before prosecutors
  8. ^ "Mubarak era's Housing Minister acquitted of profiteering". The Cairo Post. June 13, 2015.