The elections were held for 15 seats of the 21-member board of directors of the trade body 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. As many as 12,191 Abu Dhabi Chambers of Commerce and Industry members voted for their favourite candidates.
Engineer Fatima Obaid Al Jaber became the first woman who contested the elections and surprised many by securing the highest number of 4,880 votes. She is a Chief Operating Officer of Al Jaber Group, Abu Dhabi’s largest employer in the private sector that has diversified business interests.
Khalfan Saeed Al Kaabi, who led Abu Dhabi First, obtained 4,101 votes and elected for the second term.
Al Kaabi formed an alliance comprising of bigwigs and youngsters representing family businesses, and ran an organised election campaign.
Yusuffali MA, a leading Indian business leader, who was re-elected for the second term, got 2,256 votes out of the total 2,599 votes cast by expatriates. Yusuffali vowed to work for serving the business community.
The President of the Syrian Business Council Dr Kassem Aloum also secured 1,715 votes.
Other candidates, who won the polls included Nasser Sultan Abdullah Al Maamari, Ali Saif Al Salmeen Al Mansoury, Rashid Al Suwaidi, Saeed Al Dheheri, Abdul Jabar Mohsin Al Sayegh, Ali Mohammed Sadiq Al Balooshi, Khaled Mohammed Juan Al Badi, Omeir Saud Al Dhaheri, Shaikh Mubarak bin Ham, Khalifa Essa Mohammed Al Khaili and Nasser Mohammed Al Shamsi.
Abdul Jabar Al Sayegh, Chairman of Al Sayegh Brothers, told Khaleej Times that government will nominate its six directors to the board.
He said the election of the new chairman could take place in early January after the nomination of directors the government.
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