Emirates Airline’s president Tim Clark has topped the inaugural Arabian Business Brit List.
The carrier’s president beat out stiff competition to place first on the list, which features the 50 most influential Britons in the UAE.
Clark has played a major role in the development of Emirates, joining the airline in the year it was formed, 1985. Earlier this month, Emirates posted a 52 percent increase in profits, year-on-year.
Sam Barnett, the CEO of MBC Group, placed second on the list, due to his huge influence on the media landscape in the Middle East region.
In third place is Paul Griffiths, the CEO of Dubai Airports. He has masterminded the growth of Dubai International into the second-busiest international airport worldwide, and is currently overseeing the development of Dubai’s second airport, Al Maktoum International – Dubai World Central.
Two of the UAE’s biggest banking names, Emirates NBD CEO Rick Pudner and National Bank of Abu Dhabi CEO Michael Tomalin, are fourth and fifth, respectively. Both are set to retire from their roles this year.
The list features entries from a total of seventeen sectors, with the majority of entries based in Dubai.
“With over 100,000 Britons now calling the UAE their home and contributing hugely to the local economy, it has been tough to narrow it down to just 50 individuals,” said Arabian Business editor Ed Attwood.
“This list is the most comprehensive guide to British influence in the country.”
The list is being officially launched at a gala dinner held at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel on Tuesday 21 May, 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.