Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum
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Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Industry: Transport

Company: Emirates Group

Designation: Chairman and CEO

Country: UAE

There aren’t many airports in the world that don’t see a constant procession of Emirates flights taking off from their runways.

At some point this year, the Dubai carrier is likely to become the world’s second-biggest airline, with the number-one slot clearly within its sights. The man behind this feat is HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who over the past 25 years has spearheaded the growth of both the airline and Dubai, which is now one of the world’s most important aviation hubs. More recently, he has also formulated economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of the emirate’s overarching vision.

Of course, the airline is only part of Sheikh Ahmed’s story. He is chairman of Dubai’s biggest bank, Emirates NBD, and of Dubai World, the conglomerate that includes the world’s third-biggest ports company, DP World.

Sheikh Ahmed is also the chairman of Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority, Dubai Air Wing, Alliance Insurance Company, The British University in Dubai, and The Dubai Power & Energy Committee. He is the chairman of Wasl Hospitality and chairman of Noor Investment Group and the chairman of Noor Takaful.