Ambassador Mansoor Abulhoul has been Ambassador to the UK since June 2019. He attended school in the UAE and Scotland. He studied Politics and Arabic at Leeds University and after graduating in 1997, he spent three years working for Barclays Bank PLC, Dubai's Corporate Banking division, including a training secondment to their International Risk Management team in London.
The Ambassador then moved to spearheading the family business, Magrudy's, a rapidly expanding UAE based chain of bookstores, where he led the business's successful transition to the digital era. While at Magrudy's, Ambassador Abulhoul launched a programme of culture and community engagement including the launch of a sister publishing company to promote literacy in the Arab World, and a partnership with the Emirates Airlines festival of Literature. Promoting culture and cultural ties, as well as fostering international cooperation through sport, are part of what he wants to achieve as Ambassador.
He is married to Victoria Devin. The couple met in Dubai in 2009 through their mutual interest in horseracing. Their first child, Zayed, was born last year. Mansoor is also a keen swimmer and cyclist. He is 46 years old.