Death misses the former Minister of Transportation and businessman Muhammad Saeed Al-Mulla

Mohammed bin Rashid: Al-Mullah contributed with his generation in building the Union State

  • Vice President of the State: "The Mullah served his countrymen in all his positions ... and put his mark on the economic march of his country."

  • Hamdan bin Mohammed: "He left his mark in the financial and business sector, and he was one of the influential economists in Dubai."

  • Maktoum bin Mohammed: "He made great contributions to government work and achieved many achievements in the economic field."


Yesterday, death was absent from the former Emirati businessman and minister, founder of the "Al Mulla Group", Muhammad Saeed Rashid Al Mulla, after a career full of giving and dedication to serving the country, in the areas of government and private work, leaving an unforgettable imprint on the business sector in the country.

The late held the position of the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Communications, and he also participated in a prominent role as one of the founders of the first national bank with a number of prominent Dubai businessmen, to leave behind a good memory and tangible achievements that place him in a great position among the first builders of the Emirates who served their country with all Sincerity and loyalty.

economic footprint

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet to His Highness on Twitter yesterday: “Today, brother Muhammad Saeed Al Mulla landed his journey with his Lord. And he inspired his family with patience and solace..Muhammad Al-Mulla contributed with his generation to building the state of the union..and he served his countrymen in all his positions..and he put his mark on the economic march of his country..he has prayers from us, and from his Lord is mercy and forgiveness.

national model

For his part, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, said in a tweet on Twitter: “May God have mercy on Muhammad Saeed Al Mulla. He left his mark in the financial and business sector and was one of the influential economists in Dubai.

An example of patriotism

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, said, through his Twitter account, yesterday: “The UAE and Dubai today lost Mohammed Saeed Al Mulla, who was an example of patriotism and sincerity. He made great contributions. In government work, he achieved many achievements in the economic field and the business sector.

We ask God to bless the deceased with the abundance of his mercy.”

the start

The late Muhammad Saeed Al Mulla was born in the city of Dubai, as he began his working life in the gold trade with India, as was the custom of many people of the Arab Gulf in the thirties, forties and fifties of the last century.

However, he soon entered the contracting sector, and worked in the construction and construction sector through a company he established in Abu Dhabi in the mid-sixties of the 20th century, contemporary with the beginnings of the emirate's trend towards investment in construction and development projects under the leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul. To spread his reputation among contractors thanks to his efforts and the proficiency of his workers in terms of implementing the projects entrusted to them with accuracy and high quality, to entrust his company with the task of establishing the first palace for the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, in the city of Al Ain.


Muhammad Saeed Al-Mulla held the position of Minister of State for Union and Gulf Affairs, and he was assigned the portfolio of the Ministry of Electricity by proxy, until he was appointed Minister of Communications in 1977.

Al-Mulla is considered among the first Emirati men who witnessed the establishment of the UAE, as his name appeared among the founding committee to prepare the draft permanent constitution for the state.


Al-Mulla witnessed all the historical transformations in the country since the establishment of the federation under the leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, may God rest their souls, in 1971. He was also a witness to the surprising transformations in Dubai, which transformed it into a country Embracing the sky and a place that attracts the eyes and interests of the world.

The first national bank

In Dubai, specifically during the year 1963, Al-Mulla had a role in establishing the first national bank in partnership with a number of the emirate's prominent merchants at the time, so the National Bank of Dubai appeared, which had not been preceded in terms of banking in Dubai except by a branch of the British Bank, which had started its activity in 1946.

Regarding the circumstances of the establishment of this banking entity, Nasser bin Abdul Latif Al-Serkal said (according to what Dr. Muhammad Faris Al-Faris wrote in Al-Khaleej newspaper on 10/30/2014): “In 1963 Ali bin Abdullah Al-Owais visited me with the company of Muhammad Saeed Al Mulla, and told me that they decided to establish a national bank in Dubai with a capital of one million pounds sterling, equivalent to 14 million and 500 thousand rupees, and they asked me to join them and contribute to the project, as well as seek to persuade local merchants to contribute to it, and I managed to convince a number of well-known merchants To contribute with us, and thus the National Bank of Dubai Limited was established by a decree of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, may God rest his soul, and appointed the Board of Directors headed by Ali Abdullah Al Owais and the membership of Nasser bin Abdul Latif Al Serkal, Muhammad Saeed Al Mulla, Muhammad Mahdi Al Tajer, Youssef Habib Al Habib, Mir Hashem Khoury and Sultan Ali Owais.

Nasser bin Abdul Latif was elected Vice President.

vital role

In 1965, Al Mulla was chosen to be the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which was established in that year in order to play a vital role in improving the business climate and supporting and protecting the interests of the business community in the emirate.

Al Mulla is also considered one of the founders of «Dubai Post».


The late Muhammad Saeed Al Mulla was chosen as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Arab Shipping Company in 1976, and his fingerprints were clear as one of the country’s economists and businessmen when he assumed the position of Minister of Transport in establishing a communications company, which preceded the Arab countries by about 20 years in establishing a joint stock company for the communications sector. In 1976, when he says in a televised interview that each emirate had a small telecommunications institution that provided land line service, which merged all institutions under the name (Emarat Tele) to be changed by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and choose for it the name (Etisalat). ), on August 30, 1976, and Al-Mulla becomes the first Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Shareholding company

In February of 1978, the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, may God rest his soul, issued a decree approving the establishment of a limited liability joint stock company under the name “Mohammed Saeed Al Mulla & Sons Private Limited Company” with a capital of 500 million dirhams, where the company’s capital was divided To 500,000 shares, each valued at 1,000 dirhams.

The company aimed to carry out the business of owning shares and shares in other companies and engaging in trade, as this entity succeeded in a remarkable success and grew to expand its areas of investment and business under the management of its founder, Al Mulla and Sons, until that entity turned into the “Al Mulla Holding Group.”

His favor

And Muhammad Saeed Al-Mulla is considered the owner of great merit over many who emerged after him in the fields of finance and business, as he helped businessmen and supported them financially and morally in order to advance themselves, to serve their country.

Emirati businessman Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor wrote, in his book “Khalaf Al Habtoor, the Autobiography,” that after he fluctuated in a number of businesses and professions with modest salaries, fate wanted him to meet the late Muhammad Saeed Al Mulla, who was then a prominent businessman in Dubai and a friend of his father and brother. The eldest, Muhammad, was at the time looking for someone to take care of the interests of the construction company he owned in Abu Dhabi, so he worked for him.

Al Habtoor adds about the nature of his work, saying: “Mr. Mohammed Al Mulla encouraged me a lot, which greatly enhanced my self-confidence. I used to leave my house at four in the morning every day and drive to Abu Dhabi, crossing the bumpy roads full of potholes, and return at about six in the evening. Eager to cuddle up in bed.”

Al Habtoor continues: “The work itself was very stressful. I worked as a representative of Al Mulla Company in Abu Dhabi, but whatever my official capacity in the company, I had to help others at work and do everything that was asked of me (such as driving trucks, unloading goods, transporting workers and paying money to subcontractors). Ensure that cement is poured on time.

Al Habtoor also stated that the decision to join Al Mulla Company was one of the best decisions he made in his life. In the three years he spent in the company, he obtained the necessary training, gained good experience, increased his self-confidence, established important relationships, and was promoted to the position of General Manager of the Abu Dhabi branch. .

Solid friendship

More importantly, Al Habtoor notes, he has built a solid friendship and the best business partner one could wish for.

He says, "In all honesty, if Muhammad Saeed Al-Mulla had not given me the opportunity to show him my qualifications, my life would have taken a completely different course."

He adds, "I owe him a lot because he put me on the right path and showed me the right direction. I was just a young boy when he put his trust in me, to say goodbye to me as a man after three years."

an example

Among the non-citizens who mentioned Muhammad Saeed Al Mulla as having a preference for them, the Bangladeshi chartered accountant, Sajjad Haider, who came to the UAE for the first time in 1973 and was welcomed by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, to work in the Emirates, so Al Mulla appointed him as a chartered accountant and advisor to him. .

In an interview with Haidar, published by the Emirati newspaper Al-Fajr in 2015, he told us that he looks at Al-Mulla as a role model, pioneer and teacher who has the greatest credit for his life, success and survival in the UAE for four decades, adding that he does not forget Al-Mulla’s initiative to give him confidence and hand him over the schedules of accounts of the Emirates Telecommunications Company (Etisalat). in 1976 in order to do a legal audit.

A date with greater responsibility

After the unification of the seven emirates, and the declaration of the establishment of the United Arab Emirates, the mullah had a date with greater responsibility;

In the first cabinet formation in the young country headed by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, may God have mercy on him, he was entrusted with the portfolio of the Ministry of State for Union and Gulf Affairs and the portfolio of electricity by proxy.

As for the second ministerial formation in 1973, which was also headed by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the transportation portfolio was entrusted to Al-Mulla.

And when the late Sheikh Maktoum reconstituted the federal government for the third time in 1977, he kept Al Mulla as Minister of Transportation, and so did the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, may God rest his soul in peace, in 1979 when he headed the fourth federal government.

Al-Mulla kept the same ministerial portfolio in the fifth formation in 1990, so that Al-Mulla continued to carry the responsibilities of the transportation portfolio in his country from 1973 to 1997, and he also remained Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emirates Transport from 1981 to 1997.

Member of the founding committee

On the second of May 1975, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, issued Resolution No. (2) of 1975 to form a founding committee to prepare a draft permanent constitution for the state.

The first article of the decision stated the names of the members of the founding committee, and they were 28 personalities from the country of high stature, recognized competence, and bright national history.

The name of Muhammad Saeed Al Mulla was among those names, and he was ranked third after Sheikh Suroor bin Muhammad Al Nahyan and Ahmed Khalifa Al Suwaidi.

Thus, the mullah contributed, not only in the field of services that his country needed in its early years, but also participated in the formulation of its legislation by preparing a constitution worthy of it and its aspirations in partnership with other citizens.

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