About us

AWR Holding consists of several companies, representing seven diverse sectors and offering exceptional products and services aimed at enriching lives.



It all started with a dream

As a family-owned business that was set up in Dubai in the early 50s, it gives us great pride to call the fastest growing metropolis in the world our home. Over the years, we have grown to become one of the most progressive and innovative business houses in the region, and a beacon for excellence in the Middle East and beyond.



Towards success – Philosophy of I CAN

With passion, I CAN

With integrity, I CAN

With commitment, I CAN

By adding value, I CAN

By never being satisfied, I CAN


Abdul Wahid Al Rostamani

Nothing is impossible with inspired leadership


Our Founder

Abdul Wahid Al Rostamani started a small Dubai bookstore in 1954 and laid the foundations for what now is the AW Rostamani Group, which has grown and prospered over the years to become one of the region’s most progressive and innovative business houses.

Equipped with his business acumen and exceptional people skills, he was committed to adding real value to the nation, customers, and stakeholders. Building upon his vision, we remain vigilant to this hallmark of quality across all our businesses and in all we do.

Corporate Executives of AWR

Khalid Al Rostamani started his career with the family group in 1993. Since then, he has been involved in managing and growing the diverse portfolio of companies under the group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a major in finance from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Chairman and Group CEO

Dr. Amina Al Rostamani, Executive Board Member, Shareholder and Director at AW Rostamani Group, she is the Chief Operating Officer of the Group, overseeing The Group corporate services and function. She also oversees the Group Properties division, being the Chief Executive Officer of AWR Properties. In addition, Dr. Amina is a Non-Executive Board member at HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, Non-Executive Board Member at Al Jalila Foundation, Non-Executive Board Member at Sandooq Al Watan, Non-Executive Board Member of Dubai Chambers, Non-Executive Board Member of Ajman University’s Board of Trustees, Committee Member of the UAE National Election Committee and Advisory Board Member at Tharawat Family Business Forum. Dr. Amina holds degrees at both the Bachelor and Master levels, as well as a Doctorate in Engineering from George Washington University, Washington D.C. She is an acknowledged authority on wireless technologies, and her contributions have been published in several leading publications and journals.

Director and Board Member

Huda Al Rostamani has been the managing director and board member of AW Rostamani Group since 2007. She monitors and manages the performance of the companies under the group’s portfolio and ensures their alignment with the group’s overarching business planning and strategies. Huda Al Rostamani oversees new business development and business turnaround functions Huda Al Rostamani holds a master’s degree in medical engineering as well as a minor in data processing from George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Board Member and Director

Hana Al Rostamani is the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the United Arab Emirate’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest financial institutions, with over USD 300 billion in total assets. Recognised for being a change leader, focused on embedding a culture driven by innovation, diversity and inclusion, Hana is the first female CEO in FAB’s history. With more than 25 years of experience in banking and financial services, Hana brings solid industry experience to the Group. Prior to being named GCEO in February 2021, she was Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer and Group Head of Personal Banking at FAB, responsible for leading the transformation of FAB’s consumer bank, instilling a customer and digital-first mindset. Prior to joining FAB, Hana held various roles of increasing domestic and international accountabilities at First Gulf Bank, Citibank and AW Rostamani Group. Hana is currently Chair of the Global Council on the Sustainable Development Goals, with a key interest in development goal 7, ‘Affordable and Clean Energy.’ She is a Board member of several entities, including: Buna, the Arab Monetary Fund’s cross-border payment system aimed at strengthening investment ties among Arab economies; the Institute of International Finance (IIF), the financial industry’s global association; the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), a renowned academic institution consistently ranked among the leading management and executive education centres globally; and the Executive Board of the US-UAE Business Council. She is a graduate of George Washington University in the United States, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Information Management. Hana’s most recent accolade includes her first-place ranking in Forbes Middle East’s list of the region’s most powerful businesswomen. Hana is a UAE native, and she is married with three children.

Group Chief Executive Officer



Since AW Rostamani Group’s inception in 1954, it has grown to become one of the largest, privately-owned family businesses in the Middle East.

Al-Ahliya Library, Dubai’s first bookshop, founded by the Al Rostamani brothers.
The Al Rostamani brothers venture into general trading as Central Trading Company.
The Al Rostamani Brothers enter into partnership with Nissan Motor Company. Arabian Automobiles is established.
AW Rostamani Building Industries, a leading provider of services for the architectural and interior fit-out markets, is launched.
Arabian Automobiles enters into partnership with Infiniti. Real Estate is established to offer property development, leasing and asset management services.
Sponsorship of the first Dubai Shopping Festival.
AW Rostamani Logistics, a global logistics service provider, is established. AW Rostamani Lumina, a premier manufacturer of high quality luminaires and lighting control equipment, is launched. Certified Quality Cars is established, subsequently renamed as Certified Pre Owned.
AW Rostamani Lumina forms partnership with world-renowned Spanish lighting brand, Frater.
Start of a strategic partnership with Oracle.
Arabian Automobiles enters a partnership with Renault.
AW Rostamani Shift Technologies, a pioneering IT and business consulting firm, is established.
AW Rostamani Group brand is established.
AW Rostamani Shift Car Rental is established.
AW Rostamani Trading, distributor of various allied automotive products and services, is established.
AW Rostamani Group enters the Indian market as Prime Honda.
AW Rostamani Arabian Automobiles is the first automotive company in the region to implement a Customer Loyalty Program (Nissan Road Miles). AW Rostamani enters a partnership with KAR Freight & Forwarding to provide global customised and integrated logistics solutions.
AW Rostamani Lifestyle, the retail arm of the group, is established. AW Rostamani enters a partnership with KAR Transport to manage the logistics operations for the Group’s automotive companies.
AW Rostamani enters partnership with BCD Travel. AW Rostamani sets a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of car brands in a parade.
Arabian Automobiles becomes the first automotive distributor in the UAE to win the esteemed Dubai Quality Award for business excellence and outstanding performance.
AW Rostamani Lumina sign exclusive partnership agreement with GE. AW Rostamani Group Treasury Win ACT Middle East Treasury Award for 2015.
Launch of Enrich Club, the AW Rostamani customer loyalty programme. Government of Dubai, Department of Economic Development honours Nissan with the Best Service Performance Brand Award.
AW Rostamani Arabian Automobiles receive Dubai Quality Gold Award in recognition for their contribution to excellence.
In 2018, AW Rostamani Group became the major shareholder in Brayleys Cars, an industry leading automotive business based in the United Kingdom.
Al Rostamani Real Estate entered a new phase of growth in 2019, under the rebranded AWR Properties.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Enriching Communities program was launched in 2018, to affirm the Group’s commitment to CSR and helping local and international communities. CSR is embedded in the organization’s culture, as we continue to launch initiatives to support the UAE leadership’s vision and contribute to the economic development while improving the quality of life of our society, customers, partners, and employees.

At AWR, we are committed to enriching the communities we operate in through four pillars: Environment, Community, Stakeholders, and workplace. In collaboration with various charitable centers and institutions, education is the framework we follow, and we aspire to contribute in educating as many stakeholders as possible.



AW Rostamani has a long, rich heritage started in 1954 and it has grown to become one of the largest, privately-owned family businesses in the Middle East.

AAC Renault Dealer of the Year
AAC Infiniti Global Performance Award
Hall of Fame
Shift Leasing_Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award
AAC_Nissan Global Award
AAC_Dubai Quality Award
AAC Dubai Quality Gold Award
DHDA AWRostamani
Tawteen Award
KAR Award
JD Power Awards
MRM Award
Renault VOC