Mohamed Hadid traces his roots to Daher al-Omar Alziadani, the Bedouin tribesman who used a scimitar to carve Palestine – Galilee – from the Ottoman Empire, ruling as the Prince of Nazareth in the 18th Century. Mohamed was Born in Nazareth during the 1948 war, and grew up in Damascus, Beirut, and Tunis where his father, a former literature professor, worked for Voice of America. When the Palestinians lost their land, they ended up in refugee camps. His father’s transfer to VOA headquarters brought the family to Washington, D.C. when Hadid was 14. After college, he worked for a time as a draftsman, then on a whim took off for the Greek island of Rhodes. He opened a splashy nightclub that became one of Europe’s trendiest watering holes. Later, in the 1970s, he plowed his profits into a company that exported construction equipment from the U.S. to Europe and the Middle East. In 1980, he moved into U.S. real estate, putting up deluxe office buildings in downtown Washington DC. He developed a shrewd eye for spotting properties that could be rezoned into more valuable parcels and was responsible for the development of over seven million square feet of commercial office buildings in the greater Washington DC area, with total value estimated to be in excess of US $2.7 billion. In 1987, he even beat out Donald Trump to purchase a prime six-acre resort property in Aspen, Colorado. Hadid’s philosophy is a variation of the old buy low and sell high. He buys high and sells higher.
In 1992, Hadid competed in speed skiing in the Winter Olympics representing Jordan. Hadid was the only member of the Jordanian delegation and remains the only person to have represented Jordan in the Winter Olympics.
Mohamed is the proud father of five children and 2 grandchildren. He is a devout Muslim and His love and adoration for his family is evident. He emphasized the importance of hard work as his children grew up and encouraged them to always follow their passions.
Hadid is currently a real estate developer, building luxury residences in the Beverly Hills/Bel Air market. Over his 30 years developing residential property, he has also worked on various projects in Punta Mita, Mexico, Aspen, Colorado and McLean, Virginia. In 2015, he was featured in the Los Angeles Times in an article describing him as the Man Responsible for L.A.’s Rising Luxury Real Estate Values Over the Last Decade.
Drawing on his extensive experience, his current projects have taken him to Cairo, Egypt where he feels right at home in the design process. The Cairo project, known as Skyline, a collaboration with his friends and partners the Morshedy Group, is set to be a record-breaking 200,000 square meter building, a self-contained community, and will be built over a seven-year period, with the first phase expected to be ready in just over 3 years. The complex will offer its residents entertainment and dining experiences, and will include shopping, fitness, ice skating and cinemas, as well as office space. The Morocco project is a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use project combining residential and commercial spaces.
But, for Hadid his first love is art… most of his art is installed in his development projects or donated for charity. It’s been very exciting for him to be collaborating with major artists around the world.