Etisalat is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world and the leading operator in the Middle East and Africa, headquartered in the UAE. Etisalat operates in 18 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, servicing over 100m customers out of a total population of approximately 1.9bn people. Etisalat is a comprehensive telecommunications provider offering a one-stop shop for mobile and fixed-line voice and data services to individuals, enterprises and international telecommunications companies, ISPs, content providers and mobile operators. Etisalat is a major investor in Thuraya, one of the world’s leading satellite geo-mobile communication systems covering approximately two thirds of the planet’s surface.
Eng. Saleh is also the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Executive Committee for Etisalat Misr and Chairman for Etisalat Services Holding Company. He was most recently appointed as Etisalat’s representative in Mobily Board of Directors and Chairman of Thuraya, leading mobile satellite communications company. He is one of the first Emirati engineers to have earned a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Technology with Honours in 1992 from the University of Colorado, USA, after completing his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from same university. Eng. Abdooli started his career with Etisalat as an Engineer for mobile systems planning. During the following eight years, he was rapidly promoted up the ranks to become Chief Engineer for Mobile Systems Planning, supervising many aspects of the expansion of Etisalat’s telecommunications network. In 2001, he became the Managing Engineer for Mobile systems, responsible for all activities related to planning, design, optimization, operation, maintenance, installation, and quality assurance across the network. He designed and launched the first 3G network in the Middle East and Africa and the fifth in the world in December 2003. Eng. Abdooli was a pioneer deeply involved in the growth of the company’s networks and corporate expansions in important markets such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.