ABU DHABI/DUBAI Dec 4 Abu Dhabi has revamped the boards of two key state-owned
entities, Abu Dhabi Airports and the Tourism Development Investment Company (TDIC), which are
handling some of the emirate's biggest development projects.
Company sources gave no reason for the changes, which occurred last month and replaced Ali
Majed al-Mansouri, who had served as Abu Dhabi Airports chairman since 2012 and TDIC chairman
Like other governments in the Gulf Arab region, Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest member of the
United Arab Emirates federation, tends to shield its inner workings from the public eye and out
of the media. Decisions such as personnel changes are often announced late, if at all.
Awaidha Murshed al-Marar was appointed the new chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, and some
board members have also been replaced, a company spokeswoman told Reuters.
Marar is already chairman of Abu Dhabi's Department of Municipal Affairs and chairman of
Mohamed Khalifa al-Mubarak is the new chairman of TDIC, a company source confirmed.
Mubarak's existing roles include chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and the chief
executive of Aldar Properties.
There was no formal announcement of the new appointments by the firms. However, websites of
both entities showed the changes on Sunday.
"The new chairmen already hold the top positions in related entities in the transport and
tourism sectors respectively, so it makes sense to bring (Abu Dhabi Airports) and TDIC under
them," a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Abu Dhabi, home to the capital of the UAE, is investing billions in tourism, infrastructure
and industry to diversify its economy away from oil. But some projects have been hit by delays.
A 10.8 billion dirham ($2.9 billion) expansion of the emirate's main airport Abu Dhabi
International, which Mansouri oversaw as chairman, has been delayed by around five months until
The opening of the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is being developed by TDIC, is also
delayed to 2017 due to pending construction work, sources told Reuters last month. It was
originally scheduled to open in 2012 but that target was pushed back to the second half of 2016.
(Reporting By Stanley Carvalho & Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)