Into Real Estate
Kabir’s unique value-orientated approach to retail transformed Baron into one of India’s leading consumer electronics firms, but Kabir longed for life beyond retail. In 2009 he sold Baron and began searching for new challenges. While spending 2 nights at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai he was struck by what he saw out his hotel window. Dubai, it seemed to him, was alive with opportunities in a way few cities ever are.
With no experience in real estate, he took a chance and purchased a 4-storey property and within months was able to sell it at a 20% profit. That success whet his appetite for more and led to the founding of his Dubai real estate development company, Dynasty Zarooni.
Dynasty’s first significant foray into the Dubai market comprised purchasing three projects that were still in the planning phase: Jumeirah Business Centre, Hydra Square Tower and Marina Square. In short order, he was able to resell these projects to developers at 10X his initial investment.
In 2011 Kabir invested an additional $50 million into Dynasty and restructured it to create SKAI Holdings. SKAI would later change its name to FIVE and make a high-profile venture into the hospitality industry with the development of the $1 billion, 5-Star, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel, considered one of the top luxury hotels in the UAE. FIVE would later undertake the development of the now iconic 59-storey FIVE Jumeirah Village luxury 5-Star hotel.