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Famous people from United Arab Emirates

Here is a list of famous people from United Arab Emirates. Curious if anybody from United Arab Emirates made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also Sheikh Mohammed, is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and constitutional monarch of Dubai. He has held those positions since January 2006, when he succeeded his elder brother, Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan


Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was the principal driving force behind the formation of the United Arab Emirates, the emir of Abu Dhabi and first president of the UAE, a post which he held for over 33 years.



Rahman is an Indian film actor who has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films. He made his debut in Koodevide, and has appeared in more than 150 films. He was a popular film star in Malayalam cinema during the 1980s, and had shifted to Tamil and Telugu films during the 1990s. He did make a comeback in Malayalam films since 2004 and has acted in supporting roles in Tamil and Telugu films post 2000s.

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. He succeeded to the position of Emir of Abu Dhabi on the moment of his father's death, and he became President of the UAE the next day, 3 November 2004, taking rule over from his father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He had effectively been acting president earlier, since his father was in ill health. Khalifa is also chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Al Nahayan family is believed to have a fortune of $150 billion collectively as a family. He was a personal friend of former Turkmen President, Saparmurat Niyazov, in which they helped build an orphanage center just outside Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, minister of presidential affairs and member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. He is the half brother of the current president of UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He is also the chairman of the ministerial council for services, the Emirates investment authority and the Emirates pacing authority. He sits on the Supreme Petroleum Council and the boards of numerous investment companies including the International Petroleum Investment Company and the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. Mansour also owns stakes in a number of business ventures, including Virgin Galactic and Sky News Arabia. He is also the owner of the privately held Abu Dhabi United Group, a specialist investment company that successfully acquired Manchester City Football Club in September 2008, and which has overseen a significant transformation at the Club since that time, most notably, the club won its first top flight champions trophy since 1968, which is also its first ever premier league trophy. On May 21, 2013, Major League Soccer of the United States announced that its second New York City Metropolitan Area club, to be called New York City FC, is planned to start play in the 2015 season, to be majority-owned by Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the billionaire Guilherme Czernichovscki Von Oldenburg, partnering with the New York Yankees Major League Baseball organization.


Arab Artist

Ahlam Ali Al Shamsi, commonly known as Ahlam is an Arab female singer from the UAE. In 2006, she signed to record label major Rotana and has so far released two successful albums under its name, El Thokol Sana'a and Hatha Ana. She has released a total of ten albums, and is popular throughout the Arab World, particularly among Arab nations of the Persian Gulf. In 2011, Ahlam joined MBC's Arab Idol judging panel alongside Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama and Egyptian composer Hassan El Shafei.

Jessy Mendiola


Jessica Mendiola Tawile, popularly known as Jessy Mendiola, is a Filipino actress.

Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

Noble person

Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Crown Prince of Dubai. He is popularly known as Fazza, the name under which he publishes his poetry.

Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum


Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also referred to as Sheikh Maktoum was the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the emir of Dubai.

Saeed bin Suroor


Saeed bin Suroor, is a horse racing trainer he took out his training license in 1993 and the following year was appointed as the trainer for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation. He has been British Champion Trainer on four occasions.

Hussain Al Jasmi

Arab Artist

Hussain Al Jassmi is a popular Arabic-language singer from the United Arab Emirates. He rose to prominence after the release of his first single Bawada'ak, which was a success. Al Jassmi's next single was Wallah Mayiswa which sold thousands of copies and acquired him well-liked acceptance throughout the Middle East. He is best known for the song Bassbour Al Fourgakom which is also one of the synchronized tunes that play alongside performances of The Dubai Fountain. In 2008, Al Jasmi was a recipient of the Murex d'Or award, under the category of "best Arabic male singer."

Vishakha Singh


Vishakha Singh is an Actress.

Ahmed Bukhatir


Ahmed Bukhatir is an Emirati Nasheed singer. He is the only Nasheed singer from the UAE to ever top a Virgin music chart.

Ismail Matar

Soccer Midfielder

Ismail Matar Ibrahim Khamis Al Mukhaini Al Junaibi, is an Emirati footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for Al Wahda and the UAE national team. Matar was awarded the Golden Ball at the 2003 World Youth Championships after being voted the tournament's best player even though the UAE only reached the quarter finals. He is best known for leading the UAE to their first ever trophy, the 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations, which was held in Abu Dhabi. Matar scored 5 goals in 5 games, and was named player of the tournament and the top scorer.

Catherine Tresa

Visual Artist

Catherine Tresa is an Indian film actress and model, who has acted in Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu films.

Ahmed Khalil


Ahmed Khalil Sebait Mubarak Al-Junaibi, is an Emirati footballer. who currently plays as a forward for Al-Ahli and United Arab Emirates national team. In 2006, Ahmed won the 2006 Under 17 Gulf Cup of Nations with UAE U17, in which he was top scorer with five goals. Later in the same years, he joined the first team. The following season with Al-Ahli, Ahmed won his first club honour, the President Cup, and was the top scorer with four goals. In 2008, Ahmed won Super Cup and his first Pro-League 2008–09, and with UAE U20 won the AFC U-19 Championship 2008, and was named player of the tournament and the top scorer with four goals. He was named the Al-Ahram and Al Hadath Most promising Arab player of the Year and the Asian Young Footballer of the Year. And in 2009, Ahmed led UAE U20 to the Quarter-finals in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and scored two goals in the tournament, And was named for the second consecutive time Al-Ahram Most promising Arab player of the Year and the runner-up for the Asian Young Footballer of the Year. In 2010, Ahmed continued his outstanding performance, by leading UAE Olympic football team. to win the 2010 Under 23 Gulf Cup of Nations by scoring five goals in the tournament and win the top scorer, and for the first ever Football silver medal in UAE history at the Asian Games and scored three goals in it. He was named the Best Young Athlete Player of the Year by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award.

Theyab Awana

Soccer Forward

Theyab Awana Ahmed Hussein Al Musabi, commonly known as Theyab Awana or Awana Diab, was an Emirati footballer who played as a winger for Emirati Pro-League club Baniyas and the UAE national team. His playing style and ability drew comparisons to former Emirati international Zuhair Bakhit, who himself declared "Theyab Awana is my successor in the stadiums."

Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Noble person

Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum was the vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai. He ruled for 32 years from 1958 until his death in 1990.

Ahmad ibn Mājid


Ahmad ibn Mājid, was an Arab navigator and cartographer born in 1421 in Julphar, which is now known as Ras Al Khaimah. This city makes up one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, but at that time it was classified as the coast of Oman. He was raised with a family famous for seafaring; at the age of 17 he was able to navigate ships. He was so famous that he was known as the first Arab seaman. The exact date is not known, but ibn Majid probably died in 1500. He became famous in the West as the navigator who helped Vasco da Gama find his way from Africa to India, however, the leading scholar on the subject, G.R. Tibbetts, disputes this claim. Ibn Majid was the author of nearly forty works of poetry and prose.

Amer Abdulrahman

Soccer Midfielder

Amer Abdul Rahman Abdullah Hussein Al Hamadi, commonly known as Amer Abdulrahman, is an Emirati footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Arabian Gulf League club Baniyas and the UAE national team.

Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan


HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the United Arab Emirates minister of foreign affairs. He is the son of the founder of UAE, the First President, Emir of Abu Dhabi, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed is well known for being a very active official in the UAE in the field of expanding and developing all sorts of relations between the country and other nations.

Dhahi Khalfan Tamim


Dhahi Khalfan Tamim is a Lieutenant General and chief of the Dubai Police Force, for the Emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He came to international attention while overseeing the investigation of the group suspected of assassinating Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi


Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi III is a member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and current ruler of the Sharjah emirate. He has ruled Sharjah since 1972, apart from a six-day period between 17 and 23 June 1987, during which an attempted coup involving his brother Sheikh `Abd al-`Aziz bin Muhammad al-Qasimi took place. He is also an established historian and has published several theatrical and literary works.

Mohammed bin Sulayem


Mohammed Ahmed bin Sulayem or Mohammed ben Sulayem is the Arab world’s leading motor sport figure and an influential official within the sport’s world governing body, the FIA. A successful organiser and record-breaking former international rally driver, he is a role model to young people across the Middle East. In a rallying career spanning three decades, he became the most successful Arab driver in motor sport history with 14 FIA Middle East Championship titles, and established himself as a sporting ambassador for the region. In 2008, he became the first Arab named as Vice President of the FIA, and the first to be elected to the FIA World Motor Sport Council. In his FIA role he has pioneered teaching, research and knowledge transfer initiatives in motor sport. As President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE since 2006, he has built the organisation into one of the world’s leading national motor sport and motoring authorities, with acknowledged expertise in associated training, research and education. In June 2013 he was appointed as chairman of the new Motor Sport Development Task Force set up by the FIA to build a ten-year plan for the sport’s global development.

Sulaiman Al-Fahim


Sulaiman Abdul Kareem Mohammad Al-Fahim is the ex-CEO of the Abu Dhabi based Hydra Properties real estate development company, and president of the Arab Union for Real Estate Development. In March 2009, Al-Fahim was listed fourth in Arabian Business magazine's list of "The World's most influential Arabs". Sulaiman Al Fahim was number 87 in 2012 and number 83 in 2013 in the "The World's most influential Arabs" prepared by Arabiab Business. Sulaiman al Fahim was also the Director of the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization IREO till 2010. He is also the Director of Royal Football Fund based in Dubai which was formed in 2011-12 where he is responsible for the Public Relations. The Fund claims to be associated with the United Investment Bank which came into existence only in 2012.

Marwan al-Shehhi


Marwan Yousef Mohamed Rashid Lekrab al-Shehhi was the hijacker-pilot of United Airlines Flight 175, crashing the plane into the South Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the September 11 attacks. al-Shehhi was a student from the United Arab Emirates who moved to Germany in 1996 and soon became close friends with Mohamed Atta, Ziad Jarrah and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, forming the Hamburg cell. Together, after pledging their lives to martyrdom, they became the leaders of the September 11 attacks. In late 1999, al-Shehhi, Atta, Jarrah, and bin al-Shibh traveled to terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and met with Osama bin Laden who recruited the four Hamburg cell members for the attacks in the United States. al-Shehhi arrived in the United States in May 2000, one month before Atta. They both trained in Florida at Huffman Aviation, receiving their commercial pilot licenses in December 2000 from the FAA. al-Shehhi spent 2001 making preparations for the attack itself, such as meeting with crucial September 11 planners abroad, assisting with the arrival of hijackers aboard the other flights, and travelling on surveillance flights determining details on how the hijacking would take place.

Bashar Rahal


Bashar Mounzer Rahal is a Bulgarian actor of Arab descent, known for his role in the TV show "It Can't Be" equivalent of "'Saturday Night Live'". Most recently he can be seen alongside John Cusack, Hilary Duff and Academy Award Winners Ben Kingsley, Marisa Tomei and Joan Cusack in the movie "War, Inc.".

Mai Selim

Arab Artist

Mai Selim, commonly Known as Mai Selim, is a young Jordanian artist who started off her singing career in early 2005. She is a sister of Comedian Mais Hamdan.

Anuya Bhagvath


Anuya Bhagwat is an Indian model and film actress who has appeared in Tamil films. She is best known for her performances in Siva Manasula Sakthi and Madurai Sambavam.

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Organization leader

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum is the president of the Department of Civil Aviation, CEO and chairman of The Emirates Group and Chairman of Dubai World.

Robert Renwick


Robert Peter "Robbie" Renwick is a Scottish swimmer who first rose to prominence by swimming the anchor leg in the Scottish men's 4×200 metre freestyle relay team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. However, the team won silver, after Renwick was narrowly touched out by the opposing English relay team.

Natasha Dowie

Soccer Forward

Natasha Khalila Dowie is an English football striker who plays club football for Liverpool Ladies of the FA WSL. She represented England at the youth level before making her senior international debut in 2009. Before transferring to Liverpool in November 2012, Dowie played for the London teams Watford, Fulham and Charlton Athletic, and then spent five years with Everton.

Velimir Stjepanović


Velimir Stjepanović is a Serbian swimmer, member of Swimming club Partizan. Born in Abu Dhabi, to Serbian parents, he chose to represent Serbia in the international swimming competitions. The Serbian youngster started swimming when he was barely six, but that was more for fitness. However, by the time he was 12 his path crossed with that of coach Chris Tidey, who had relocated to Dubai from Cambridge. After a brief six-month training regimen under Tidey, Stjepanović won his first medal, a bronze, at a competition in England. He also studied in one of GEMS schools. "Chris convinced me that I could be a really good swimmer and that's where my career took off as I started believing in myself and what I could achieve," Stjepanović said.

Hamdan Al Kamali


Hamdan Ismail Mohammed Al Kamali is an Emirati footballer, currently playing as a central defender for Al Wahda, and UAE national team.

Adnan Al Talyani

Soccer Forward

Adnan Khamees Al-Talyani is a retired footballer from the United Arab Emirates.

Ali Mabkhout


Ali Mabkhout is an Emirati footballer. He currently plays for the UAE national team as well as the Al-Jazira Club. He plays as forward and second striker as well in both his club and national team. He is always considered as Little Adnan Al Talyani a UAE football legend. He has a great physical strength and high speed ability. He started to play for Al Jazira in a youth team and made his way through to the first team in 2009-2010.

Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan


Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is an Emirati politician and royalty. He is the current ruler's representative in the western region of Abu Dhabi or the mayor of the region.

Mohamed Al-Shehhi


Mohamed Saeed al-Shehhi is a professional Emirati footballer. He is nicknamed The Ghost.

Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi


Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi is ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, an Arab sheikhdom of the Persian Gulf belonging to the United Arab Emirates. He is a member of the Federal Supreme Council.

Saeed Al Kass

Soccer Forward

Saeed Al Kas is a UAE football player who plays as a striker for Ajman Club. Saeed has started his career in Dibba Al-Hisn Sports Club in the UAE Second Division League. Since his beginning he was successful in attracting the eyes of the First Division Clubs Scouts. He was signed up by one of them, Sharjah FC in 1998 which helped him secure a place in the UAE National Team squad. He is known for scoring two goals against The Japanese National Team and the Qatari National Team during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. He was transferred to Al Wasl FC from Sharjah FC during the Winter 2008 transfer window. The 2009-10 season was particularly special. During the 2009-10 Gulf Club Champions Cup, Saeed helped his team Al Wasl FC win the title. Saeed himself won the Top Scorer title with 6 goals. Saeed has a son and he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics.

Mohammed bin Ali Al Abbar

Organization leader

Mohammed Ali Rashid Al Abbar, is a prominent citizen of the United Arab Emirates, from the Emirate of Dubai. He is a senior aide to Dubai's Ruler and UAE's Vice President/Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Alabbar served as the Director-General of Dubai's Department of Economic Development, and Chairman of Emaar, one of the world's largest real estate companies. Alabbar is also a member of the Dubai Executive Council. As Chairman of Emaar Properties, Alabbar has played a key role in the development of Dubai's real estate sector. Emaar, a Public Joint Stock Company established in 1997, is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is majority-owned by the Government of Dubai. Emaar Properties is the largest construction and development company in the UAE

Shamma Hamdan


Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi

Organization leader

HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi is the Minister for Foreign Trade and was previously Minister of Economic and Planning of the United Arab Emirates. She was appointed on 1 November 2004. Sheikha Lubna holds the distinction of being the first woman to hold a ministerial post in the United Arab Emirates. She is a member of the ruling family of Sharjah and the niece to His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi. Lubna graduated from the California State University, Chico with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, and has an Executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah. Lubna received an honorary doctorate of science from California State University, Chico.

Shweta Subram

Filmi Artist

Shweta Subram is a multi-lingual Indo-Canadian singer, songwriter and performer. She primarily sings in Hindi, though she has also lent her voice to Tamil and English projects. Shweta is the recipient of multiple awards including the North American Best Singer award from Sangam Kala Group, and Best Singer Award from Shankar Mahadevan Academy's talent hunt, judged by Shankar Mahadevan himself. Shweta's performances consist of popular Bollywood songs and she has performed in over 50 cities around the globe, mostly as a headliner. Shweta was an active participant in the International Indian Film Academy Awards, having performed with Bollywood music composer/director duo Salim-Sulaiman for IIFA Rocks in Toronto. Shweta has six singles to her credit.

Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi

Noble person

Sheikh Saqr bin Muhammad Al Qasimi was the Emir of Ras Al Khaimah, a sheikhdom of the Persian Gulf and member of the United Arab Emirates, from 1948 to 2010. He became the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah on 17 July 1948, when he overthrew his uncle and father-in-law Sheikh Sultan bin Salim Al Qasimi in a bloodless coup d'etat. Saqr exiled Sultan to Sharjah. Under his rule, Ras Al Khaimah joined the United Arab Emirates in 1972. At the time of his death in 2010, he was the world's oldest reigning monarch at age ~90.

Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Olympic athlete

Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is a karate and taekwondo athlete and sheikha of Dubai. Representing the United Arab Emirates in the 2006 Asian Games, she won the silver medal at the Women's Over 60 Kilogram karate event. She is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In March 2008, the UAE National Olympic Committee announced Sheikha Maitha's participation at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She participated in taekwondo in the 67 kg category for women. In 2008, she was included as 17th on the list of the "20 Hottest Young Royals" as compiled by Forbes Magazine.

Parvathy Nair


Parvathy Venugopal Nair is an indian film actress and model. She has acted over 100 ad-films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.

Ahmed Mohammed Al Mahri

Soccer Midfielder

Ahmed Mohammed Mubarak Al Mahri also known as Dada or Ahmed Muhad is a United Arab Emirati footballer who currently plays for Baniyas. He played 11 matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, and scored 1 goal against Vietnam.

The Narcicyst

Hip hop Artist

Yassin Alsalman, better known by his stage name The Narcicyst, is an Iraqi-Canadian journalist and Hip Hop MC. He currently resides in Montreal, Canada.

Mehad Hamad


Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Noble person

Issa bin Zayed Al Nayhan is the son of United Arab Emirates President Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan; the brother of the present ruler of Abu Dhabi, the Emir Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; and the brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Issa is a prominent real estate developer in the UAE, being associated most recently with the Al Hekma Tower planned in memory of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE with an image of him which will crown the top of the building. In April 2009 a video tape of torture smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates showed Issa mercilessly torturing a man with whips, electric cattle prods, wooden planks with protruding nails and running him over repeatedly with a car.

Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi


Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid al-Nuaimi, succeeded his father Shaikh Rashid and became the emir of Ajmān in 1981 and he is the current emir of Ajmān. Under his reign, the state saw rapid changes from a small fishing town at the time of independence to a modern emirate. He received his early education in Dubai in the 1940s and 1950s and later went to Cairo for further studies. In the early 1970s he became active in the affairs of state, as Ajman joined the United Arab Emirates in December 1971 and he was required to act as a deputy ruler. His elder brother Shaikh Ali was sidelined in the process. He belongs to the Al Nuaim tribe. His children include: ⁕Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince and President of the Executive Board. ⁕Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Economic Department. ⁕Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Information. ⁕Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Municipality and Planning and Chief of Ajman Club, head of R Holding.

Ahmad Bin Byat

Organization leader

Ahmad Abdullah Juma Bin Byat is an Emirati firmly established in the UAE’s business environment, holding directorial positions in several prominent Dubai organisations. He is currently Chairman of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC; Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding; Director General of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority, and a member of the Board of Trustees for Dubai School of Government. Bin Byat previously held the roles of Secretary-General of the Dubai Executive Council; President of the Dubai Government Excellence Programme; Executive Chairman of TECOM Investments; Chairman of the Dubai Education Council; Chairman of Dubai Real Estate Corporation; Chairman of the Dubai Urban Planning Committee; member of the Board of Trustees for Zayed University; Chairman of the Founding Committee at Aswaaq; Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Consulting Office, and a member of the Board of Thuraya Telecommunications Company. Additionally, he is a former member of the Supreme Committee for Telecom in the UAE and the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee.



Badr Jafar


Badr Jafar is an Emirati business executive and social entrepreneur based in the United Arab Emirates. Educated in the UAE and United Kingdom, he is the Managing Director of the Crescent Group, President of Crescent Petroleum, the Crescent Group’s petroleum division; and Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Enterprises, the Crescent Group conglomerate's non-energy division. He is also the Chairperson of Gas Cities – a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas; a member of the International Advisory Board of Dana Gas PJSC, the Gulf region's first and largest listed private sector natural gas company; Chairperson of Pearl Petroleum – a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum, Dana Gas, OMV, and MOL Group; and Vice-Chairperson of Gulftainer Group. Jafar serves as a board member to Gama Aviation, Enshaa, The Abraaj Group, and GrowthGate Capital. Jafar is a recipient of the Young CEO award in 2009 and the Middle East's Energy CEO of the year award in 2010. In September 2010, Jafar launched the Pearl Initiative at the United Nations headquarters in New York, an initiative in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to jointly promote corporate governance, accountability, transparency, and good corporate social responsibility practices within the Middle East. In March 2011, Jafar was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Ismail Al Hammadi


Ismail Al Hammadi is a footballer from the United Arab Emirates. He currently plays for Al-Ahli Football Club - Dubai.

Mohanad Salem


Al Amim Mohannad Salem Ghazy Al-Enazi is an Emirati footballer who plays in the UAE League for Al Ain Club as defender. He is the brother of retired Qatari footballer, Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi. He played 3 times in 2010 AFC Champions League. He has also represented the UAE national team 3 times.

Sultan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan


Sultan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is an Emirati politician and member of the Al Nahyan, ruling family of the Abu Dhabi emirate.

Joanne Tseng


Joanne Tseng is a singer and an actor.

Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi


Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi is the third wife of the founder and the first president of the United Arab Emirates and the late emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. She is firstly called mother of sheikhs and then mother of the UAE or nation.

Saeeda Imtiaz


Saeeda Imtiaz is a Pakistani American actress. Saeeda has worked in an upcoming film 'Kaptaan', a movie on the life of Pakistani politician, social worker and former cricketer Imran Khan.

Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was an Emirati businessman and the managing director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Essa Obaid

Soccer Midfielder

Essa Obaid Hassan Hirok or Essa Obaid in the United Arab Emirates is an Association footballer currently playing for Al-Shabab in the UAE Pro-League. He has also represented the UAE at international level.

Mohammad Omar

Football player

Mohammed Omar Mohammed Ahmed Al-Shaddadi, known as Mohammad Omar is a retired Emirati footballer, serving as the CEO for Mumbai Tigers F.C. in India. He was the captain of the UAE national football team from 2002-2008. During his professional football career which spanned over 20 years he has played for many clubs including Al Wasl, Al Ain, Al Jazira, Al Dhafra, Al-Nasr, and Ajman Club. In Summer 2010, Omar announced that he will move back to the club that he started with, Al Wasl FC to play a final season and retire. In 2002 he joined Omani club, Dhofar and competed with them in the final of the Sultan Qaboos Cup, and scored the only goal for the team in a final which they eventually lost to neighbor's, Al-Nasr. Mohammed Omar is the younger brother of the UAE's football legend Zuhair Bakhit.

Saeed bin Rashid Al Maktoum


HH Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum is a member of the Dubai ruling family and a United Arab Emirati billionaire and sport shooter at Olympics. He owns international award winning horses and a UAE football club. Sheikh Saeed is the son of Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, former Emir of Dubai, his uncle is the incumbent Emir of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Marwan Parham

Disc jockey

Marwan Parham Al Awadhi is an Emirati disc jockey, emcee, TV presenter and radio personality working in Dubai. In addition to being actively involved in the nightclub and DJ scene in Dubai, he is known for his music production including co-producing Wyclef Jean and releasing his own single and compilation album The Projects. The album was released on BMGI Middle East and was top 10 on Middle East album chart of Virgin. He is also credited as one of the first Emirati DJ to go on world tour. He currently hosts the television show That's Entertainment on Dubai One as well as the radio show The Real Flava on Channel 4 in Dubai.

Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi


Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi is the former Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost Emirate of the United Arab Emirates. He is the eldest son of Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi, who ruled Ras Al Khaimah from 1948 until his death in 2010. Khalid served as Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah from 1958 until his removal from office by his father in June 2003. He currently resides in Sharjah, a neighboring Emirate. Khalid has repeatedly stated that his father, Sheikh Saqr, in 2004 reaffirmed in a royal decree that Sheikh Khalid – not his half-brother, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi – was the true Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. The decree has not been officially recognized by the Government of Ras Al Khaimah or the United Arab Emirates.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem


Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem was the chairman of Dubai World until December 12, 2010. Bin Sulayem is currently involved in Seven Tides International, a diversified Real Estate Investment and Development Company in Dubai UAE. On 30 May 2007 Bin Sulayem became the Chairman of DP World.

Ali Al-Wehaibi

Soccer Midfielder

Ali Ahmad Ali Mohammed Al Wehaibi is a United Arab Emirati footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder for Al-Ain. Al Wehaibi is also a member of the United Arab Emirates national football team.

Nishant Malkani


Nishant Malkani is an Indian model and actor, best known for his television roles in Miley Jab Hum Tum and Ram Milaye Jodi. He recently made his Bollywood debut in Horror Story.

Carla Rahal


Carla Rahal is a Bulgarian actress of Arab descent born in Dubai, UAE. Carla Rahal is mostly known for her roles in the "National Theater of Bulgaria". Carla is also a pop, R&B, singer, songwriter and producer. She is best known for one of Bulgaria's most popular songs Lie to Me and I wish U. She was born in Dubai, UAE, the daughter of Lebanese father Mounzer Rahal and Bulgarian mother Mariana Rahal. Her brother is Bashar Rahal, also an actor.

Subait Khater

Soccer Midfielder

Subait Khater Fayel Khamis Al-Mekhaini is a United Arab Emirati footballer who is a midfielder for Al Jazira. He was a member of the United Arab Emirates national football team.

Hamdan Al Abri


Hamdan Al Abri is a Singer/Songwriter and one of the founders and front man of Dubai based soul band ABRI. Abri began singing at a young age and started his career working alongside numerous groups and bands in Dubai and abroad. Abri and the band released two widely acclaimed albums in relatively quick succession: Sunchild & Blank Notes. ABRI toured through India, Bahrain, UK, the Maldives & the U.A.E and performed alongside Erykah Badu, Ziggy Marley, Arrested Development, Kanye West and Joss Stone. At the end of 2009 when ABRI band member Julian Symes moved to Brazil and Andre Artherley moved the UK Abri decided to work on his solo career. He has since released his self-titled solo debut EP. His first single " Birth" has been aired on the hit US TV show C.S.I, and its subsequent single "Falling" has been aired on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new US TV show Ringer.

Shaikha bint Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum


Shaikha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; born 20 December 1992 is the daughter of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum. Shaikha has nine brothers and thirteen sisters.

Tariq Spezie

Football player

Tariq Spezie Sevilla, simply known as Tariq, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for SD Huesca as a striker.

Faisal Khalil

Soccer Forward

Faisal Khalil Sebait Mubarak Al-Junaibi is a UAE footballer who plays for Al-Ahli. He plays as a Forward, and plays for the UAE national football team.

Fayez Banihammad


Fayez Rashid Ahmed Hassan al-Qadi Banihammad was one of five hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 175 as part of the September 11 attacks. Born in the United Arab Emirates, Banihammad left his family to pursue relief work. Using the Visa Express program, Banihammad obtained a U.S. tourist visa. Banihammad arrived in the United States in June 2001. On September 11, 2001, Banihammad boarded United Airlines Flight 175 and participated in the hijacking of the plane, so it could be flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Noble person

Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is a United Arab Emirati politician and member of ruling family of Dubai. She is most popularly known as the President of Dubai Women Establishment.

Hussain Sajwani


Hussain Ali Sajwani, is the UAE chairman and founder of the DAMAC Group.

Asmaa Abdol-Hamid


Asmaa Abdol-Hamid is an Arab-Danish social worker and politician living in Odense.

Mohammed Saeed Harib


Mohammed Saeed Harib is an animator from the United Arab Emirates, accredited as the creator and producer of Freej; an animated UAE cartoon series. Harib is a Northeastern University graduate, majoring in General Arts and Animation, and holds the distinction as the first 3D cartoon animator from the Middle East. Harib recently directed Freej Folklore, the largest Arabic theatrical production in the region. Freej Folklore marks a new era in the entertainment industry through Harib’s introduction of innovative approach that combined magnificent art with highly sophisticated technical tools. The show is set to tour the region after the great success it saw in the United Arab Emirates.

Juma al Majid


Juma al Majid is a businessman in the UAE.

Basheer Saeed


Bashir Saeed is a professional footballer who has represented the United Arab Emirates internationally. He also plays as a defender for Al-Ahli Dubai.

Mahdi Ali


Mahdi Ali Hassan Redha is a retired Emirati footballer and current manager. He is currently in charge of the United Arab Emirates national football team. During 2011 and 2012 he led the United Arab Emirates in qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It was the nation's very first appearance. After his playing days, Ali attended the HCT – Dubai Men's College where he graduated as an electrical engineer and later assisted in the design of the Dubai Metro. Ali returned to football after that and has previously coached several United Arab Emirates national football teams at various age-levels. He has also managed some top-level clubs in his native country. On 15 August 2012 the UAE Olympic head coach Mahdi Ali has been promotion to new manager of the UAE national team.

Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum


Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum was the Ruler of Dubai from 1912 until his death in 1958. In 1929, he was briefly deposed and succeeded by Sheikh Mani bin Rashid, a distant uncle. He was restored three days later and reigned until his death in 1958. He is the grandfather of the current ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and father of Emirates Airline chairman Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. His third son is Khalifa bin Saeed Al Maktoum Although Dubai fell under an economic depression in the 1920s, he managed, with the help of a progressive trade policy, to raise Dubai's economics and limit the reliance on pearling. He was succeeded by Rashid II bin Said Al Maktoum.

Zuhair Bakheet


Zuhair Saeed Bakheet-Bilal, is a UAE football player who played as a striker for the UAE national football team and Al Wasl FC in Dubai. He started playing for the national team in 1988 and retired from international football in 2001. He played in 5 Gulf Cup of Nations, 3 AFC Asian Cup of nations, and the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

Rashed Alfalasi

Soccer Midfielder

Rashed Alfalasi is an Emirati soccer player.

Qasim Zubair


Qasim Zubair is a United Arab Emirates cricketer. A right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler, he has played for the United Arab Emirates national cricket team since 2006, including three first-class matches.

Priya Lal


Priyaa Lal is a British Indian actress. Her first appearance was in the Malayalam film Janakan in 2010, directed by N. R. Sanjeev with Mohan Lal and Suresh Gopi. She played the character Seetha, Gopi's and Kaveri's daughter in the movie. The song Olichirunne was a huge hit, which won the Kerala State Award in 2010. Besides acting, Priyaa is also well known for her various dancing skills.

Mohamed Ahmed


Juma Mohamed Ahmed Ali Gharib is an Emirati footballer player, who currently plays for Al Ain FC and the UAE. He's best known for scoring the goal that achieved a draw against Venezuela for the UAE Under-20 in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Khadem al-Qubaisi


HE Khadem Abdullah al-Qubaisi is an Emirati businessman and Managing Director of the International Petroleum Investment Company.

Walid Abbas

Soccer Defender

Walid Abbas is an Emirati professional association football player who plays as a defender. He currently plays for Al Shabab Al Arabi in the UAE Football League. He wears the number 5 shirt for club and wears the number 14 shirt for country. He was a member of the United Arab Emirates squad at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, where he ended up scoring two own goals. and also Walid Abbas scored own goal in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round#Lebanon v Kuwait UAE 1-2 Kuwait.

Ahmed Ali


Ahmed Alebri is an Emirati soccer player.

Abdul Rehman

Cricket Bowler

Abdul Rehman is a United Arab Emirates cricketer. A wicketkeeper and useful lower-order right-handed batsman, Rehman was plucked from the obscurity of the United Arab Emirates Under 17s squad into the national team for the 2004 Asia Cup. He made his One Day International debut for the UAE against a strong Indian team but wasn't selected in the team for the next game against tournament hosts Sri Lanka.