Dubizzle, the Dubai-based listings site, has appointed Haider Ali Khan as CEO. He currently serves as head of Emerging Markets Property Group (EMPG) and CEO of Bayut, one of Dubizzle’s main rivals.

The news comes after OLX, the former owner of Dubizzle, announced in April that it would merge its operations in the UAE with EMPG.

The merger created a $1 billion Dubai-based company operated by EMPG, and made OLX EMPG’s largest single shareholder with a 39% stake. It also gave Bayut access to the 15 years worth of data collected by Dubizzle, which has become a classifieds market leader in the UAE.

Last week, Barry Judge, the former CEO of Dubizzle, announced he had been appointed CEO of Houza, a new Dubai-based online property portal launched by an alliance of property brokerages.

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