Marwan Boodai

Marwan
Companies: Jazeera Airways

Ranked among Kuwait’s most influential business leaders, Marwan Boodai is the chairman and CEO of Jazeera Airways — the Middle East’s first private sector airline — and so wields a significant influence on the region’s aviation sector.

Founded as a budget, no-frills carrier, Jazeera was the Middle East’s first private sector airline. Its establishment ended Kuwait’s 50-year dependence on a single national airline. Now, while the economic skies look stormy for other carriers, Boodai is confident Jazeera ’s cut-price appeal will see it through the global downturn.

The businessman is also CEO of the Boodai Corp, a Kuwait-based business of semi-autonomous companies offering complementary products and services to the construction, engineering, shipping, logistical services, energy, consumer durables, media, broadcasting and publishing industries.