Britons are heavily involved in every business sector in the UAE. But who are the most influential in the country?
Once considered a hardship posting, the UAE is now one of the largest destinations for British expatriates. It sits tenth on a list recently published by the UK’s Home Office, just behind New Zealand, South Africa and Germany.
And the numbers are growing ever higher, especially given the tough economic circumstances back home. Britons are coveted both by family firms and multinational companies wishing to extend their presence here. Some of the UAE’s most prominent trading houses employ British nationals as middle or senior level managers. Morevover,Britons are also advising some of the country’s most senior government officials.
Our list reflects the diversity and reach of the 100,000 or so men and women from the UK who now call the country their home.
And with both the UK and the UAE planning to up their bilateral trade significantly over the next two years, the people you are about to read about over the next few pages will be crucial to that effort.
How we did it
Our team of researchers came up with an initial list of 130 names, which we whittled down to 50 last month. The rankings from 11 to 50 were selected by the editorial team. For the top ten names, we first agreed on who the top ten should be. The positions then were decided by a closed voting system where each member of the team ranked the ten in order of personal preference - so ten points for first place, nine for second and so on.
List researchers: Anil Bhoyrul, Ed Attwood, Shane McGinley, Daniel Shane, Courtney Trenwith, Salma Awwad, Edward Liamzon.