100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Khalaf Ahmad Al Ghaith
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Khalaf Ahmad Al Ghaith

Industry: Culture and society

Company: DNRD

Designation: Assistant to Director General

Country: UAE

Age: 39

He is no stranger to success: last year Lieutenant Colonel Khalaf Ahmad Al Ghaith won the coveted “Distinguished Government Employee” award. Presented by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the awards each year recognise exceptional government employees, departments and initiatives. And his work over many years has been nothing short of exceptional. He first worked within CID at Dubai Police for a decade, starting from 1997, before moving to DNRD in 2007 where he quickly rose up the ladder. He is a graduate from the fourth batch of Dubai Police College and has a law degree. At DNRD, he is credited with many new initiatives including helping his department save 25 percent in its 2012 budget. He also reduced the number of printers, and paper and ink consumption, bringing annual savings to the DNRD of over $130,000.

Speaking to Arabian Business, Al Ghaith said the secret of his success was teamwork. “It’s about picking a great team to work with you, and then giving them not just leadership but support. I like to think of the people who work for me not as employees, but as part of my family. I am here to help them in every way I can, in any matter even if it is not related to work.”