There aren’t many airports in the world that don’t see a constant procession
of Emirates flights taking off from their runways.
At some point this year, the Dubai carrier is likely to become the world’s
second-biggest airline, with the number-one slot clearly within its sights. The
man behind this feat is HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who over the past
25 years has spearheaded the growth of both the airline and Dubai, which is now
one of the world’s most important aviation hubs. More recently, he has also
formulated economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support
of the emirate’s overarching vision.
Of course, the airline is only part of Sheikh Ahmed’s story. He is chairman
of Dubai’s biggest bank, Emirates NBD, and of Dubai World, the conglomerate
that includes the world’s third-biggest ports company, DP World.
Sheikh Ahmed is also the chairman of Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority,
Dubai Air Wing, Alliance Insurance Company, The British University in Dubai,
and The Dubai Power & Energy Committee. He is the chairman of Wasl
Hospitality and chairman of Noor Investment Group and the chairman of Noor