Ali Al-Hammadi, born in 1961, combined industrial engineering with management in his studies, as he obtained a BA in Industrial Engineering from the University of California, and a PhD in business administration from Swansea University.
Dr. Al-Hammadi is considered one of the leaders of management and planning in the UAE. He authored around 50 books in the field, and he was hosted by many countries to lecture and train.
Al-Hammadi was presented in media the most, as he headed the administration of the Hayatuna TV channel and presented many purposeful programs such as You are Al-Hayat (Life), The Story of Empowerment, and Shumukh (Rise). He also presented many other programs on Iqra, Al-Bedaya, and Al-Aqsa TV channels and other channels. Due to his wealth of experience, he frequently appeared on local TV channels, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and others.
He offered supvervision and managed many training centers and websites, as he was the general supervisor of the Islam Time website. Also, he established the management of the Creative Thinking Center and the One Minute Center.
Al Hammadi has been active in the field of human rights as well, having a pivotal role in the renaissance of the UAE and the restructuring of government institutions. He served as a member of many governmental institutions including:
- The Arbitration Committee of the Dubai Program for Excellence in Governmental Performance
- The Central Committee for Administrative Structures in the State.
- Federal ministries and institutions in the UAE
- The advisory team to study “the organizational structure and its terms of reference for the Union Foundation for Press, Publication and Distribution” in the UAE
- The head of the advisory team for the work of the “Procedures Manual for the Human Resources Department” at the Emirates General Petroleum Corporation.
His apprehension and trial
On December 4, 2011, the UAE authorities revoked his nationality along six others, due to the allegation that "they carry out acts that posted as a threat to the security and safety of the state.”
On April 9, 2012, he was summoned to the Shahama Center for Violators in Abu Dhabi. There, he was given two choices: either to leave the country and find a new nationality or get arrested for violating the the residency law as he lacked identity papers. He preferred to be arrested over leaving the country. In July, 2012, he was transferred to an unknown place until he appeared before court in March 2013.
Despite his arrest for violating the residency law, he was tried in Case No. (79/2012) known as "secret organization", where the State Security Court charged him with belonging to an illegal secret organization, that the investigations exposed. It was reported that this organization aims to oppose the foundations on which the state is based to seize power with the help of foreign parties.
On July, 2013, the court issued a final unappealable ruling against Al-Hammadi, sentencing him to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation.