ADCCI Elections News Coverage

2009-12-22

Gulf News Newspaper

Fatima Obaid Al Jaber becomes the first Emirati woman in Abu Dhabi Chamber board
Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, right, chief operating officer of Al Jaber Group became the first Emirati woman to be elected to Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce while Indian businessman Yusufali MA, second left, was elected for the second term.

Staff Report
Published: 10:12 December 22, 2009

Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, right, chief operating officer of Al Jaber Group became the first Emirati woman to be elected to Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce while Indian businessman Yusufali MA, second left, was elected for the second term.
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Abu Dhabi: Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, chief operating officer of Al Jaber Group became the first Emirati woman to get elected to the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.

She bagged 4,880 votes.

Shaikh Mubarak Bin Ham and Khalfan Saeed Al Ka’abi came in second and third respectively.

Candidates who got re-elected for a second consecutive term included Al Ka’abi with 4101 votes, and Yusufali MA, Indian businessman, with 2256 votes. Dr Kassem Alom, the Syrian managing director of Al Noor Hospital got elected for the first time with 1715 votes. The “Abu Dhabi – First” alliance had swept the polls, which listed Fatima and Yusufali as candidates.

The elections were held on Monday for 15 seats of the board of directors, of which two seats are reserved for the expatriate business community. The Abu Dhabi government will appoint another six members so that membership is complete with of a 21 member board.

The new board which will be sworn in for a four year term and will take office beginning January 2010.

The first round of elections was held on December 7 but failed to come out with a clear majority win for any of the candidates. Three polling stations were setup in Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Beda Zayed. About 12191 members voted for their favourite candidates.

Khaleej Times Newspaper

Abu Dhabi First sweeps ADCCI elections

Haseeb Haider

22 December 2009

Abu Dhabi First, a panel led by a known business leader, Khalfan Saeed Al Kaabi made a clean sweep at the elections for the board of directors of ADCCI.

The elections were held on Monday evening for 15 seats of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi Chambers of Commerce and Industry including two seats reserved for the expatriate business community in the emirate. The four year term of the new board of director will begin in January 2010.

Three polling stations were setup in Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Beda Zayed where 12191 members of the trade body vote for their favourite candidates.

Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, a women entrepreneur emerged as most popular candidate among 72,000 members of the chamber, as she bagged 4,880 votes.

Khalfan Saeed Al Kaabi, who obtained 4,101 votes, has been elected for the second term. He promised in his election manifesto to reduce the chamber fees by 50 per cent.

Yusufali MA, a leading Indian business leader who was elected for the second term got 2,256 votes, while a Syrian expatriate businessman, Dr Kassem Aloum could get 1,715 votes.

Other candidates, who won the elections included Nasser Al Maamari, Ali Saif Al Mansoury, Rashid Al Suwaidi, Saeed Al Dheheri, Abdul Jabar Al Sayegh, Ali Mohammed Al Balooshi, Khaled Al Badi, Omeir Saud Al Dheheri, Shaikh Mubarak bin Ham, Khalifa Essa Mohammed Al Khaili, Nasser Al Shamsi.