World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2014
Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Company: Emirates Group

Designation: Chairman and CEO

Country: UAE

The man behind the success of Emirates Airline 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, the Executive Authority for Expo 2020, The British University in Dubai, and the Dubai Supreme Council for Energy. He is also the chairman of flydubai, Noor Investment Group and Noor Takaful.

Touch of brilliance

Sheikh Ahmed has formulated economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of Dubai’s overarching vision.