7. Abdulla Lahej, CEO, Dubai Properties (Power 100 ranking: 36)
As chief executive officer of Dubai Properties, Abdulla Lahej has enjoyed a fruitful 12 months. During the past year, the UAE-headquartered real estate developer has launched a string of projects, including Bellevue Tower 2, and Phases 1 and 2 of VillaNova. Lahej’s team has also achieved a series of construction-related milestones during this period, including the commencement of work on Marasi Business Bay’s marina. Located on Dubai Water Canal, the $272m (AED1bn) Marasi Business Bay megaproject will feature water homes and floating restaurants, among other amenities, upon completion. In 2016, Lahej and his colleagues successfully handed over more than 3,000 units.