Omar Bin Sulaiman

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Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman
Born United Arab Emirates
Occupation Chairman, OBS Group.

Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman is the chairman of the OBS Group, a privately held diversified group with operations across the Middle East and Emerging markets. In the past 17 years, the OBS Group has grown into being an Emerging Markets company with diverse interests from Automotive at one end, to Healthcare, Energy, Trading, Real Estate, Specialty Retail, Private Equity and Hospitality on the other.

He believes in building ideas with a long-term perspective that comes from building a business for future generations. He has successfully fostered relationships that have allowed these ideas to create downstream opportunities in key markets for OBS Group.

Sulaiman was the former Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). He was the representative for DIFC for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

He was previously Director General of Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA), where he led the development of DIFC, which aims to be a universally recognized as a hub for institutional finance and a gateway for capital and investment in the region. He also led the development of Dubai International Financial Exchange, the first international financial exchange in the region.

Prior to joining the DIFC, Dr. Sulaiman was CEO of Dubai Internet City (DIC). Under his leadership DIC achieved more than 100 per cent growth in less than a year and continued for three consecutive years. He led the development of DIC into a major ICT cluster that houses several global giants such as Microsoft, Oracle IBM, SAP, Cisco, Sony Ericsson, Sun Microsystems and Siemens. At the same time he also led the development of several other entities under the banner of the Dubai Technology and Media (TECOM) Free Zone Authority, the Government body responsible for the development of knowledge clusters like ICT, media, education, energy etc.

Over the years, Dr. Sulaiman has held key positions as Chairman of DIFC Investments, member of the Economic and Trade Committee established by the Executive Council of Dubai, Managing Director of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, Vice-Chairman of Dubai Real Estate Corporation. He was also the founder of Dubai Outsource Zone, the co-founder Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation and Dubai Knowledge Village.

The other side of Dr. Sulaiman saw him as the Vice Chairman of Al Ahli Club, a premier football club in Dubai. He was also the Vice Chairman of Dubai Autism Center.

Sulaiman was the board member of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders, a member of Endowment Fund, Dubai, a member of Seoul International Business Advisory Council, a board member of Etisalat, a telecommunications company from the UAE, spread across 18 countries worldwide.

He holds a Doctorate in Leadership, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering.