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Tibiaan Properties appoints its first Omani female vice president

17 May 2021

Seeking to strengthen the gender equality at the highest levels of management, prominent real estate service provider Tibiaan Properties has elevated an Omani female executive into the ranks of its top leadership team.

Areej Sultan Issa al Ismaili, who joined the company two and a half years ago as an HR manager, has been appointed as the vice president – corporate support at Tibiaan. She will be handling three key portfolios – HR/admin, IT and procurement – that oversee the management of more than 1,800 units across the sultanate, a press release said.

The promotion is a recognition of, among other things, the important role that Areej has played in positioning Tibiaan as the ‘employer of choice’ for real estate professionals. In addition to helping attract top-tier talent into the company, Areej has contributed to enhancing the calibre and credentials of the company, boosting workplace productivity and streamlining office processes.

A notable contribution is her successful introduction of the ‘Employee Happiness Policy’, which evaluates workplace satisfaction levels among staffers, based on perks in the form of healthcare, training and skills development, recognition for performance and timely completion of tasks as well as assistance in times of financial difficulty.

Her elevation also underscores Tibiaan’s longstanding commitment to gender diversity in the workplace. Omani women currently make up around 35 per cent of the workforce – a figure projected to eventually rise to 50 per cent in keeping with the company’s gender parity philosophy.

“At Tibiaan Properties, we believe in giving leadership roles to women in recognition of their potential, talent and professionalism. With their leadership traits and skillsets, they have an important contribution to make in the corporate world, as indeed in other vocations of their choosing. Areej is a case in point. Within a short span of time, she has delivered well beyond her remit by adding value to the company on all fronts. Moreover, with the company adding new properties to its expanding portfolio, she ticked all the boxes in our requirements for a new vice president,” Fahad al 

Ismaili, CEO of Tibiaan Properties, said.

Areej said, “I’m indeed grateful and honoured to be recognised with this promotion. Hopefully, other corporates will be encouraged to enhance gender diversity and elevate women to senior positions in their organisations. Tibiaan is well-recognised as a role model for the corporate sector in this regard and is preferred as an employer by real estate professionals.”

The new appointment is also vital to the group’s evolution into a world-class player, particularly as it makes inroads into the GCC and international markets. 

To this end, Tibiaan has invested time and resources during the pandemic in putting together an invigorated strategy for business growth and market leadership that will focus on sustainability in the coming years. An additional seven to eight branches will be opened in the interior parts of Oman by next year, in addition to branches in two GCC countries and one in Europe – all aimed at enhancing market share.

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