Revealed: The 100 world's most influential Arabs 2017
Tue 27 Jun 2017 05:00 AM
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Industry: Aviation

Company: Emirates Group, Dubai Airports, flydubai and Dubai Ports

Designation: Chairman

Country: UAE

As the chairman of Emirates Group, Dubai Airports and flydubai, Sheikh Ahmed has not only built one of Dubai’s most economically significant industries, he has helped to re-shape the entire global aviation sector.

Sheikh Ahmed has harnessed the emirate’s geographical location and innovation to create one of the busiest airports and airlines in the world, despite a local population of only 2.7 million in 2017. Air services firm dnata, part of Emirates Group, also now operates in more than 80 countries.

Dubai’s aviation success has been so great it is now building a second airport, which will be the biggest in the world with a capacity for 160 million passengers annually.

Sheikh Ahmed is also chairman of Dubai World, one of the biggest port operators globally.