By Courtney Trenwith
Airline president Sir Tim has received one of the UK’s highest honours
The president of Dubai’s Emirates Airline, Tim Clark, has been knighted in the UK’s New Year’s honours list in one of the country’s highest recognitions of service.
Sir Tim was recognised for his “services to British prosperity and to the aviation industry”.
He has been with Emirates since it launched in 1985 and became president in 2003. The airline is now one of the fastest growing in the world.
Retired National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) CEO Michael Tomalin has been named as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for “services to UK-UAE business cooperation and to the British community in Abu Dhabi”. Tomalin has also been recognised in the past with an OBE.
He led NBAD for 14 years before retiring in July.
Tim Clark has done a fantastic job for Emirates, Dubai and the UAE in the 29 years that he has worked (and lived) here.
But what in particular has he done for the UK - which is the criteria against which the award of honours, and particularly Knighthoods, are meant to be measured?
The UK does get any particular special treatment and if you spoke to British Airways or Virgin I'm pretty certain that they would say that Emirates had been a disaster for them.
As said, he's been fantastic for the UAE but for the UK? I think this is quite hard to justify.
Alex, firstly could you address Sir Tim Clark correctly. I would imagine that the millions of pounds pumped into the UK infrastructure, sports, airports, manufacturing, employment industries by Emirates has quite a bit to do with the knighthood awarded as he has led from the top and this support, although benefitting the airline, did not need to be directed to the UK. There is no doubt that the airline, headed up by Sir Tim has contributed hugely to the UK economy and that he should be recognised for this the same way that he would be accountable if it were bad news. As for the other airlines you mention, maybe they can learn a thing or two from Emirates ! Happy New Year to all and congratulations Sir Tim, well deserved in my mind.