Essam Kalthoum

Company: Al-Shamiyah Urban Development Company (AUDC)
Position: CEO

Biography: As head of the AUDC since 2007, Essam Kalthoum is responsible for one of Mecca’s largest real estate projects – the $9.3bn Al-Shamiyah project.

Prior to this, from December 1999 to May 2004, Kalthoum was deputy director general at the Royal Commission’s Yanbu Industrial City. Before this, Kalthoum worked as CEO of National Titanium Dioxide Company in Jeddah between 1996-2000. He graduated in 1981 with bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.

The Al-Shamiyah scheme is one of several mega developments planned in the holy city to cope with the rising number of pilgrims. Located north of the Haram mosque, the Al-Shamiyah development will include hotels, residential apartments and commercial centres. 

Contact: (+966) 2 699 2490