HE Saeed Bin Jabr Al Suwaidi is an Emirati industrialist, founder of Nimr Automotives and Aabar Investments. He was born in 1948 in the lineage of one of the most renowned and respected merchant families in the UAE, Abu Dhabi in particular - The Al Suwaidi family of the Bani Yas Tribe.
Al Suwaidi realized early in his career that the main secret to success is to bring passion and integrity in what you do. Driven by grand ambition and vision, he engineered the first Arab made domestic tactical vehicle in 1997. He put together a competent team to design and build the 4X4 vehicle capable of withstanding the harsh climate and rugged terrain of the Middle East. The relentless pursuit of this vision culminated in producing a world class tactical vehicle branded as NIMR. NIMR Automotive soon attracted strategic partnership from Tawazun, an Abu Dhabi Government owned company and a subsidiary of Mubadala. Bin Jabr Group now actively supports further NIMR developments as a partner of Tawazun.
Al Suwaidi is credited with the manufacture of the first Arab made submarine under Emirates Marine Technologies, which is now being used by the UAE Special forces.
In 2003, His Excellency acquired 11 rigs, 4 drilling rigs and 7 workover rigs through Essar Oil of India, which he transformed to Abaar Petroleum. This company later went IPO to raise a GCC record in 2005 of a $107.27billion. Oversubscribed by almost 800 times, the company continued to flourish and diversify into investments in Tesla Motors, Virgin Galactic, Daimler Chrysler, Mercedes GP F1 team, XOJET, Falcon Private Bank, Glencore, UniCredit, RHB capital and Arabtec Holding.
Al Suwaidi is now pursuing the development of first Arab made 8x8 modular fighting vehicle, The Enigma under Emirates Defense Technologies.
In addition to being a prominent businessman, his deep interest in modernization, advancement and development of the UAE, particularly Abu Dhabi, led him to hold office as the President of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chairman of the federation of UAE Chamber of Commerce & Industry from 1996-2006. He introduced radical changes and took ADCCI to greater heights of economic prosperity. During his tenure as the President of ADCCI, he created the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange and Khalifa Fund for Enterprise development. Subsequently, he held numerous other positions afterwards in various Government and Semi-Government institutions, Director of the General Industry Corporation, Environmental Research & Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). He was also the board member of Al Jazira Football Club and Vice President of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Al Suwaidi has been awarded the Spanish Presidential Medal and bestowed a rank of a Knight by King Juan Carlos I in appreciation of his unique efforts in promoting commercial relationships between UAE and Spain.