Emirates is the success story of the Gulf aviation industry, a money-making goliath that seems unstoppable, whatever the government of Canada or Lufthansa might think. 2010 was dominated by a landing rights row with both entities that escalated into diplomatic spats when the UAE kicked Canadian military personnel out of the country and demanded all Canadian citizens apply for visit visas before arriving. But Emirates still got on with making staggering profits. Its first half profit was AED3.39bn ($925m).
As president, Tim Clark has played a key role in the airline's development, reporting directly to its hands-on chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.