Izhar Haider

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Izhar Haider (Urdu: اظہار حیدر (1944 - 23 December 2009) was an Urdu poet, social worker and broadcaster who helped to transform Abu Dhabi from a small fishing village to a major city.[1][2]

Education and early career[edit]

Born in Junagadh, India to Professor Zainul Abidin Naqvi in a family of High Profile Educationists and Professors from Indian Sub-Continent studied in St Patrick's High School, Karachi and graduated from NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi. Later, he joined as Chief Engineer (Structural Engineering) in 1971 in Abu Dhabi Municipality, shortly before the independence of the United Arab Emirates.[1][2]

Izhar was part of the team of engineers who built Abu Dhabi. He arrived in Abu Dhabi, when the late President Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyyan was uniting the emirates into the UAE to infuse a new vision in his people and lead them to become one of the world’s most developed and rich nations.He Retired in 2004 from Abu Dhabi Municipality.

He was involved in 200 government and private building projects in Buteen. It was late Shaikh Zayed’s vision and enthusiasm which started reflecting in the city and was quite visible by mid-1972, when the civic infrastructure was built to make civic life comfortable, ultimately laying the foundation for a modern Abu Dhabi.

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  1. ^ a b "Founder member of Khalifa panel dies". gulfnews.com. December 24, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Community mourns pioneer who gave life of service to his people". thenational.ae. December 25, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2015.