Emirates Airline's Sir Tim Clark has once again topped the Arabian Business Brit List.
The Dubai-based carrier's president, who was knighted earlier this year for "services to British prosperity and the aviation industry", retained pole position on the rankings, which feature the 50 most influential British expatriates in the UAE, according to Arabian Busness.
Sir Tim has played a vital role in the development of what is now the world's largest carrier by international passengers ever since he joined Emirates' inaugural management team in 1985. Major highlights in the past year have included a $99bn order for new aircraft at the Dubai Airshow and a 42.5 percent rise in profits to $885m.
The highest new entry on the list was Alex Thursby, the new group chief executive of National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the UAE's biggest lender.
Staying in third place was Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Dubai Airports. Griffiths is running the world's biggest airport by international passenger traffic, Dubai International, and is also masterminding the development of Al Maktoum International.
Altogether, the list features 16 new entries, with 10 women ranked. The highest-placed woman is Clare Woodcraft-Scott, the chief executive of the Emirates Foundation for Youth and Development.
MBC Group chief executive Sam Barnett and Starcom MediaVest Group MENA boss John Antoniades are in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The list is being officially launched at a gala dinner held at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel on Monday May 19, in the presence of the UK’s ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey.
All 50 individuals on the list have been invited, along with 200 other VIPs.
How we did it
Since our first edition of the Brit List was published in May last year, we have continued to research the activities of Britons living and working in the UAE. From our database of 300 names, the editorial team whittled those numbers down to 50 during the course of April. After deciding on the top ten names, the positions were then decided by a closed voting system where each member of the team ranked the top in order of preference, with first place receiving ten points, second place receiving nine points and so on.
List researchers: Anil Bhoyrul, Ed Attwood, Shane McGinley, Courtney Trenwith, Beatrice Thomas, Neil King, Salma Awwad, Edward Liamzon.