Morning round-up: Shake-up at Sorouh

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Mounir Haider

, the chief executive who helped launch

Sorouh Real Estate


, the National reports this morning.

Gurjit Singh

, the charismatic chief property development officer is getting bumped up to chief operating officer, while

Abubaker Seddiq al Khouri

will continue running the company as managing director. This top-level change at Sorouh follows similar shake-ups across the property sector. Among the companies that have seen top executives change in the last year are

Deyaar Development


Aldar Properties


Omniyat Properties


Dubai Holding


Damac Properties.

If anyone has a good tip about shake-ups or Mr Haider's decision to step down, feel free to contact me at

Photo caption: Abu Dhabi - April 15th, 2009. Mounir Haider is stepping down as chief executive officer of Sorouh Real Estate. Galen Clarke / The National

A proposed 224-story tower that was touted as a possibility for Abu Dhabi

, The National reports. The

Los Angeles Times

reported this week that California-based architect

Tommy Landau

, but a member of Mr Landau's camp in the UAE said the building was refused because it would affect airplane traffic. But they aren't giving up. Next stop, Saudi Arabia.

Companies have been breaking the midday break law in a big way.

, Loveday Morris reports in The National. Still, it begs the classic question with violations of this type: Are more companies breaking the law or are the authorities increasing enforcement of the law?

A long-standing issue about exorbitant utilities charges at Jumeirah Village Triangle

, Hugh Naylor reports in The National.


, the master developer, told residents in a meeting yesterday that it would compensate residents for excessive portions of their bills.

Ikea is

, Tom Arnold reports in The National.