Our Correspondent / Emirates Business
The Al Habtoor Group has grown with the UAE. Started out as a small engineering firm in 1970, is today one of the region’s most respected conglomerates with interests in the hospitality, automotive, real estate, education and publishing sectors.
The Al Habtoor Group has earned itself a solid reputation both locally and internationally due to the vision of the Chairman, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor.
It is one of the UAE’s most respected and successful businesses, the Al Habtoor Group today operates in the Emirates and international markets as well. It employs thousands of highly-qualified, experienced professionals. Just as the name of the UAE has become synonymous with trade and enterprise all over the world, the name of the Al Habtoor Group has become synonymous with dynamic growth, evidenced by its commitment to develop and grow businesses in multiple sectors.
Talking to Emirates Business Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman, Al Habtoor Group said, “This year we have made two major announcements in the hospitality sector. We recently announced our first foray in two of Europe’s most visited cities – London and Vienna with the purchase of two first-rate hotels, the Hilton London Wembley and Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel Vienna.”
“This brings our international hospitality portfolio to seven, and we have partnered with some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry worldwide. We proudly waves the United Arab Emirates flag in many cities around the globe including the US, UK, Hungary and Lebanon,” he added.
The Group’s hospitality division includes 14 world-class hotels; seven locally and seven abroad. The portfolio includes The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection (Marriott International), The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (Hilton), The St. Regis Dubai (Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide), W Dubai – Al Habtoor City (Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide), The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City (Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide) in Dubai.
Whereas Imperial Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna, Hilton London Wembley, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand, Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace, The President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, InterContinental Budapest internationally.
Al Habtoor Motors’ brand portfolio includes Mitsubishi, with a wide choice of sedans, 4×4’s and commercial vehicles, Temsa buses and premium marques such as Bentley, McLaren and Bugatti.
The company has a well-established network of nine showrooms, nine service centres, four body shops and ten parts centres that effectively cover the entire UAE. In 2015, Al Habtoor Motors entered the Saudi Arabian market for the first time with Mitsubishi Fuso.
Diamondlease specialises in short term and long term leasing of popular brands ranging from small to mid-sized saloons to pick-up trucks and buses.
The Group’s real estate division includes a variety of commercial and residential properties from office space to luxury villas. Al Habtoor Real Estate provides a total value package, with an emphasis on client needs.
The Al Habtoor Group has long been a pioneer in the field of education, it operates two well-established schools offering quality education from KG1 to Grade 13. Emirates International School – Jumeirah and Emirates International School – The Meadows are accredited IB World Schools.
The Group’s publishing arm regularly produces quality publications including Al Shindagah magazine, a bilingual corporate magazine, which has been in circulation since1993.