Leader: Anwar Mohammed Gargash
Author: Ahmed Chuwdry
Justification: The United Arab Emirates is one of the fastest developing nations in the world in terms of infrastructure. One of the key elements contributing to the development of the UAE is the country’s booming tourist industry, whose growth can be attributed to several leaders in the country. However, one leader stands out in particular, and that is the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash. Dr Anwar’s achievements as a leader have been given a great deal of significance as they have resulted in changing the face of the UAE. Case study: Anwar Gargash’s leadership in the UAE has not only placed him in the role of prominent businessman, it has also placed him in the roles of scholar and eminent government official. He first pursued an academic career before taking up any leadership positions in the business sector or any other sectors in the economy. He received both his B.A and M.A degrees in political science from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which is situated four blocks away from the White House (Best Colleges 2011, n.d.). He then earned his Ph.D, in the same field, from Kings College, ranked one of the top 25 universities worldwide, in Cambridge in 1990. Following the completion of his education, he went on to join the political science department of the UAE National University, and taught there until 1995. His role as leader in the education sector was curtailed after his father became ill in the mid 1990’s, when Gargash was obligated to take up the central role in the family business. Gargash Group is considered one of the leading business enterprises in the Gulf, with its crown jewel being the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Dubai, for which Anwar Gargash is the executive director. Furthermore, he is considered an influential leader in the business community of Dubai due to his membership on both the Dubai Economic Council and the Dubai Chamber...
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