By Staff writer
Dubai airline's president takes top spot in inaugural Arabian Business list
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.
This article is indeed very revealing !
It does show the stunning decline of British influence in the UAE over the last 20 years.
In those forgiving days , British truck drivers would come in as General Manager- Transport or Bank clerks as Operation Managers . When 6 O levels an 2 A levels were sufficient to walk into senior management positions. Then British were dominating the economy .
Thereafter gradually the market changed. Competition increased and therefore merit and competency were at a premium. Highly qualified and talented individuals entered the market when Dubai was 'discovered'.
That is the reason this list now includes mainly occupants of low key and non influential positions. Except perhaps from the aviation industry who no doubt have done an admirable job.
our family has used emirates airline from the beginning, and is was fondly known as the school bus, I have two daughters Renee, and Lara from age 9 they would go back to boarding school, happy and always looking for an adventure, unaccompanied minors......thats how much they loved having to go to school via emirates, mu sister would be waiting for them in Manchester, and no problems what so ever....... in those days I can only thank Emirates for looking and taking care of all the children, they where in safe hands................
not my recall of the requirements of Dubai from 20 plus years ago. However I guess selective memory is a syndrome of those who look for any excuse for their own shortcomings in achievement.
Does Ian Fairservice not rate a mention? Motivate is entirely relevant. Oh, competition. This omission renders the entire list bogus.
You included the guy who bounced a check and sat in jail??? So why exactly is he on the list...I think with all the press someone at AB feels sorry for this guy.
How on earth is Nick MacLean at No.14 ahead of the CEO of HSBC and Country Chairman of Shell? This lofty position is all the more surprising given that Alan Robertson at JLL does not get a look in. JLL are widely regarded as the largest and most influential real estate consultancy in the Middle East - indeed they are advising on the Sorouh-Aldar merger. This listing makes a mockery of the whole list.
missed AMBB's Paul Bowyer and Andrew Wick. Also the Bodani family.
What a load of old codswallop.
Where does the author of the article get the idea that the MD of Al Habtoor Motors is in any way 'influential'.
Or these so called media moguls?
The transport guys - I do agree with, and also Ronald from UK has a good point Ian Fairservice has been very influential (this is real media influence - not all the modern ones full of their own self importance).
75% of this list nobody has heard of and they have NO influence on life in UAE (UAE - Not just the Dubai Bubble that most of them live in) whatsoever, despite what they me believe
Ian Fairservice invented glossy media in the UAE decades ago, far more important than a couple of pr dollies who grew up in Jumeirah. These endless AB lists are tired and pathetic these days. Try some real journalism for a change, although fawning press releases form the bulk of the coverage.
The MD of CBRE ahead of the CEO's of HSBC & Standard Chartered, the legendary Maurice Flanagan and the Country Chairman of one of the world's largest oil companies in one of the world's largest oil exporting nations.
Is this list in reverse? Or is number 14 just a typo.