Sulaiman Al-Fahim

Sulaiman Al-Fahim
سليمان الفهيم
Born 1977
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Nationality UAE
Alma mater American University
United Arab Emirates University

President of the Arab Union for Real Estate Development[1]

Director of Royal Football Fund, Dubai, UAE.[2]

Sulaiman Abdul Kareem Mohammad Al-Fahim[3] (Arabic: سليمان عبدالكريم محمد الفهيم ) (born 1977 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates)[4] is the ex-CEO of the Abu Dhabi-based Hydra Properties real estate development company,[5] 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".[6] Sulaiman Al Fahim was number 87 in 2012 and number 83 in 2013 in the "The World's most influential Arabs" prepared by Arabian Business.[7]

Sulaiman al Fahim was also the Director of the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization IREO till 2010.[8]

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.[2] The Fund claims to be associated with the United Investment Bank which came into existence only in 2012.[9]

Early life

Al-Fahim was born in Dubai in 1977. From the age of eleven he worked in his father's Orient Pharmacy after school. At the age eighteen he founded the "Sulaiman Al Fahim Group" which financed education and sports in the UAE. In 1998, when he was 21, his mother and younger brother and sister were killed in a road traffic accident near Dubai Airport. Following this loss he moved to the United States.[4] There Al-Fahim received his MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Kogod School of Business at the American University - Washington DC, USA.

Al-Fahim previously went by the title of Dr., as either he or one of his associates inferred that he had received a PHD in real estate from American University. The university, however, told reporters that it does not offer a PHD course in real estate, and Al-Fahim stopped using the title.[10]

Other work


Al-Fahim is the founder and host of the business themed reality television show Hydra Executives which was launched in Spring 2008.[11]


A keen chess player, Al-Fahim represented his country as a youth and is currently president of the UAE Chess Association (not to be confused with the UAE Chess Federation, the official body), and was ranked fifth in the world in his age group at the age of nine.[12] In June 2008, Al-Fahim was elected as a new president of UAE Chess Federation for 2008–2012.[13] Al-Fahim is a fan of the football clubs Al Ain and Al Jazeera.[14] Additionally, during his time at Hydra Properties, he was involved in sponsorship of Dubai sports television, a Costa Rican soccer team, the German Bundesliga as well as building a new football academy in Abu Dhabi with Italian football giants Internazionale.[15][16]

In November 2008 Al Fahim was honored with a gold medal of excellence from HM Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, The King of Malaysia, for his work supporting Equestrian activities worldwide. Al Fahim was honored with this distinction during the FEI World Endurance Championship 2008 in Malaysia.[17]

Manchester City

On 1 September 2008 Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, of which Al-Fahim was a spokesman for, agreed to the take over of Premier League football club Manchester City. The deal was signed at the Emirates Palace Hotel in the presence of Al-Fahim, who represented ADUG.


On 27 May 2009, it was reported that Al-Fahim had signed a deal to take over the English Premier League club Portsmouth.[18] Owner Alexandre Gaydamak agreed a price of around £60 million, with the deal proposed to be completed by 28 July 2009, however this deal was never officially completed and the ensuring crisis in the aftermath ensured Portsmouth were placed into administration, forced to sell their best players and were eventually relegated from the Premiership - More Info required.


  1. Al-Fahim, Sulaiman (24 November 2009). "A template for success". Arabian Business. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  2. 1 2 Royal Football Fund
  3. Sayed, Sara (23 May 2008). "Hydra CEO shares his success story". Gulf News. Al Nisr Publishing. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  4. 1 2 "Top flight prepares for Manchester's 'Trump' card". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  5. Sambidge, Andy (17 June 2009). "Sulaiman Al Fahim replaced as Hydra Properties CEO". Arabian Business. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  6. Bhoyrul, Anil (28 March 2010). "Welcome to the Power 100 List 2009". Arabian Business. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  7. "The World's most influential Arabs" 2013
  8. Sulaiman al Fahim Director of the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization IREO, March 2010
  9. United Investment Bank, UAE
  10. Jackson, Jamie; Hunter, Andy (13 June 2009). "Doubts rise over Portsmouth takeover after Manchester City link is revealed" via The Guardian.
  11. "Hydra Executives – CEO". Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  12. Herbert, Ian (2 September 2008). "Arrival of Al-Fahim offers City chance to bridge gulf in class". The Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  13. UAE Chess – Federation Board –
  14. Stafford, Philip; Kerr, Simeon (1 September 2008). "Abu Dhabi investors buy Manchester City". Financial Times. Pearson PLC. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  15. Gripper, Ann (1 September 2008). "10 Things you need to know about Manchester City's Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  16. "Manchester City Takeover". 2 September 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  17. Press release (6 November 2008). "HM The King of Malaysia honours Dr. Sulaiman Al Fahim for his tireless support to global sports". Arabian Business. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  18. "Portsmouth agree to takeover bid". BBC Sport. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
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