Mark Ruffley joins Al Maryah Retail Company as new CEO

Abu Dhabi: Al Maryah Retail Company (AMRC), operator of leading lifestyle destination The Galleria Al Maryah Island, has announced a leadership transition following five years of dedicated service by David Robinson, who has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer. Retail sector expert, Mark Ruffley, will join as AMRC’s new CEO as of 01 March 2024.Mark brings to AMRC a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years in the retail and mixed-use property sector. Throughout his career with leading retail and development groups, he has overseen the development and management of over 280 shopping malls and mixed-use assets in eight countries, including the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Mark’s impressive portfolio encompasses the stewardship of more than 10,000 tenants and over five million square metres of rentable space, underscoring his profound impact on the industry.Mark has held prominent leadership positions over the years, serving as the Managing Director of Mall Advisory Services, GCC, and as the Executive Director of Malls for Nakheel in the UAE. He has also been responsible for the conceptual design, development, leasing, and opening of 22 new malls and mixed-use properties. Additionally, he spearheaded the revitalisation of 55 projects across multiple countries, demonstrating his expertise in strategic management and project execution.Among his notable achievements was the instrumental role he played in the success of The Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, which was recognised as the ‘World’s Best Mall’ during his tenure at Majid Al Futtaim.Al Maryah Retail Company is a retail management company established by Mubadala Investment Company, offering services such as asset management, property management, investment management, and leasing services for The Galleria Al Maryah Island – Abu Dhabi’s leading lifestyle destination.

Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed meets CEO of asset management company BlackRock

His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has met with Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of leading asset management company BlackRock.During the meeting, they discussed opportunities available for global investors and international companies in the UAE. His Highness also highlighted how Abu Dhabi’s business-friendly ecosystem supports companies, particularly within renewable energy and innovative technological solutions, to further accelerate the growth of a knowledge-based economy and drive sustainable economic growth across priority sectors.The meeting also involved discussions on the facilities, incentives, and flexible but robust regulatory framework offered by Abu Dhabi, which are attracting global companies to establish operations in the emirate as a way of expanding their business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.The meeting was also attended by His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, and Managing Director and Group CEO of Mubadala Investment Company; His Excellency Ahmed Jasem Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development; His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council; and Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, Deputy Group CEO of Mubadala Investment Company.

UAE tops overall Jiu-Jitsu rankings at 19th Asian Games

The UAE Jiu-Jitsu National Team has made historic achievements at the 19th Asian Games. The nation’s overall Jiu-Jitsu medal count at the Asian Games 2023 stands at 10 medals, including four gold, three silver, and three bronze. In 2018, the UAE won a total of 9 medals, including 2 gold, 5 silver, and 2 bronze. The team’s participation in the competition was sponsored by Mubadala Investment Company.On Saturday, the final day of the Jiu-Jitsu competitions in Hangzhou, Faisal Al Ketbi and Shamma Al Kalbani claimed gold in their respective categories during the competitions held at Xiaoshan Linpu Gymnasium JJI. Balqees Al Hashemi, Mohammed Al Suwaidi and Khaled Al Balooshi won silver medals, while Shamsa Al Ameri, Mahdi Al Olaqi and Saeed Al Kubaisi earned bronze.His Highness Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the UAE National Olympic Committee (NOC), congratulated the Jiu-Jitsu National Team for their historic achievement. His Highness also commended the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s efforts in promoting the sport and creating heroes and heroines who represent the nation in the best way in all sporting events.His Excellency Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union, and Senior Vice President of the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation, also congratulated the UAE delegation on their great achievement, as he extended the highest expressions of thanks and gratitude for the UAE leadership for their constant support for the sport of Jiu-Jitsu in the country.“I want to appreciate the champions and their families because they made many sacrifices to reach this achievement, and we must know that 4 gold medals out of 10 colored medals did not come from nowhere but are the result of great support from the wise leadership and limitless sacrifices from coaches and players over many years, in camps, tournaments, and training.”His Excellency also extended his gratitude to the National Olympic Committee: “Jiu-litsu provides a successful model and a distinctive experience for UAE sports, as it trusted the sons and daughters of the country, gave them opportunities and support, and is now reaping the fruits.”His Excellency Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, Deputy Chairman of the UAEJJF and head of the UAE delegation to the Asian Games, lauded the team, describing them as a 5-star team. He emphasised that the technical staff and players had a clear vision and a deep understanding of the magnitude of their responsibilities. Al Dhaheri also highlighted the remarkable strength and techniques displayed by Emirati players, notably Asma Al Hosani, Shama Al Kalbani, Balqis Al Hashemi, and Shamsa Al Ameri, especially in the face of fierce competition where results remained uncertain until the final moments.Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the UAE and Asian Jiu-Jitsu Federations, underlined the strong support from the Asian Federation and the Olympic Council of Asia. He noted the participation of officials from 28 countries and 10 medal-winning nations, underscoring the sport’s global development and strength. Jiu-Jitsu is thriving in countries such as South Korea, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Thailand, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Mongolia, Singapore, and Uzbekistan. He also expressed appreciation for China’s exceptional organization and successful hosting.In the Men’s -85Kg Final, Faisal Al Ketbi demonstrated his prowess, defeating the Republic of Korea’s Heeseoung Kim by an advantage. This victory marked Al Ketbi’s second gold at the Asian Games, with his first gold achieved in Jakarta in 2018. In the same weight division, the UAE’s Saeed Al Kubaisi secured a bronze medal by defeating Sagdeev Ruslan of Kyrgyzstan in his final match of the day, further bolstering the UAE’s impressive performance.Al Ketbi dedicated the medal to the wise leadership of the UAE. “The country that flew into space and reached the top in many fields deserves to be at the forefront in sports. I am confident that my teammates in the National Team, from the new generations, are capable of continuing their achievements in all categories, boys and girls.”In the Women’s -63Kg Final, Shamma Al Kalbani showcased her exceptional skills by defeating Kira Sung of the Republic of Korea. She secured victory by points. “I was ready to compete for gold in that tournament as of last year, as it was scheduled to be held in 2022, but postponing it for a year gave me a greater opportunity to prepare perfectly, and the Federation, spared no effort in providing us with full support from camps, and internal and external tournaments that brought us to the top of the technical, physical, and mental levels before entering the tournament atmosphere,” Al Kalbani said.