Over the past 25 years HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has been at the forefront of Dubai’s remarkable economic development spearheading the successful expansion of aviation, which now supports 28 per cent of Dubai’s GDP, and more recently, formulating economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of the emirate’s overarching vision.
Sheikh Ahmed embarked on his career in the aviation industry in 1985 when he was appointed President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) – the governing body that oversaw the activities of Dubai International and Dubai Duty Free, among others. In the same year Emirates airline – Dubai’s international carrier was launched with Sheikh Ahmed as its Chairman. He is now the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, which includes dnata – the region’s leading travel services and ground handling company, and other aviation related entities.
Under Sheikh Ahmed’s leadership, the DCA underwent anorganisational restructuring in April 2007 resulting in the creation of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) as the local regulatory body, and Dubai Airports as the owner and operator of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International and Dubai World Central. Following the restructuring, Sheikh Ahmed became the President of DCAA and Chairman of Dubai Airports.
The fact that Dubai is now firmly established as the region’s leading tourist destination and business, trade and transport hub is due in no small measure to the efforts of Sheikh Ahmed. Under his leadership, Dubai International has developed from humble beginnings into the world’s fourth busiest airport for international passenger and cargo traffic with a network of over 260 destinations served by more than 140 airlines.
Founded in1985, Emirates has grown from being a regional airline with just two leased aircraft and three destinations, to an acclaimed international airline with a fleet of some 200 aircraft, including the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s. Flying to more than 130 destinations across six continents. Emirates is the world’s fastest growing intercontinental carrier . In addition, the airline has reported profits for 25 consecutive years, a rarity in the airline industry. Dubai Duty Free has become one of the biggest single airport retail operations in the world in terms of turnover with revenues of US$1.46 billion in 2011.
In June 2009, with the launch of flydubai, its own budget carrier, Dubai added another first to its long list. With Sheikh Ahmed to guide the fledgling carrier as its Chairman another success story is already in the making. Within three years of its launch flydubai has already emerged as the second largest contributor to traffic at Dubai International and features over 820 flights per week.
The opening of Concourse A, the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility, in early 2013 is part of a $7.8 billion expansion plan designed to boost capacity at Dubai International to 90 million passengers by 2018 to accommodate the anticipated traffic growth driven by the rapid expansion of Emirates airline and flydubai. Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai’s airport of the future launched on June 27, 2010 was another historical moment for Dubai as the first major step towards establishing Dubai as the world’s most preferred aviation and logistics hub. It followed the spectacular opening of Dubai International’s Terminal 3 on October 14, 2008 – widely acknowledged in the industry as the most successful launch of a terminal of its size.
Sheikh Ahmed holds a number of government positions and plays an increasingly pivotal role in leading the emirate’s finance and energy sectors. Despite his numerous business activities, he is Patron to many charitable organisations. He has also received numerous accolades from various Governments and multi-nationals (see the addendum attached).
HH Sheikh Ahmed has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA. He is well known internationally for his contribution to the development of aviation in the region. The Royal Aeronautical Society, one of the industry’s oldest and most respected professional associations honoured his achievements in aviation with a fellowship of the Society at the 1994 Farnborough Air Show in the UK In May 2013, he was presented with an honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from City University London – Cass Business School in May 2013 in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the development of professional sectors including aviation, finance, banking and entrepreneurship among others in the UAE.
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Addendum to Bio-Data
1. President Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA)
2. Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group (including dnata )
3. Chairman Dubai Airports
4. Chairman flydubai
5. Chairman Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee
6. Chairman Department of Oil Affairs
7. Chairman Dubai Supreme Council for Energy
8. Chairman Board of Dubai World DW
9. Chairman Economic Development Committee
10. Chairman Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority
11. Chairman Emirates National Bank of Dubai ENBD
12. Chairman Noor Investment Group and Noor Takaful
13. Chairman Alliance Insurance Company
14. Chairman The British University in Dubai
15. Chairman Dubai Air Wing
16. Chairman Dubai Aerospace Enterprises
17. Chairman Supreme Committee -Dubai Events & Promotions Establishment
18. Chairman of Dubai EXPO 2020 Higher Committee
19. Chairman Board Trustees Al Jalilah Foundation for Education and Medical Research
20. Vice-Chairman Dubai World Trade Centre
21. Second Vice Chairman Dubai Executive Council
22. Board Member Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)
23. Board Member General Civil Aviation Authority of UAE
24. Board Member Dubai Council for Economic Affairs