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His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Chairman of Emirates NBD

Born: December 22, 1958
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Nationality: Emirati

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 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 and 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 an organizational 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 most desirable leisure destination 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 220 destinations served by more than 150 airlines. 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 more than 170 aircraft and over 120 destinations across six continents. Emirates is today the world’s fastest growing intercontinental carrier.

With the launch of flydubai, its own budget carrier, Dubai added another first to its long list in June 2009. With Sheikh Ahmed to guide the fledgling carrier as its Chairman another success story is already in the making. Within two years of its launch flydubai has emerged as the second largest contributor to traffic at Dubai International, and flies to more than 45 destinations.

Sheikh Ahmed holds a number of government positions and plays an increasingly pivotal role in leading the emirate’s finance and energy sectors.

Sheikh Ahmed is 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 Takaful. 

He is the Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee, as well as a member of the Board of the Dubai Council for Economic Affairs; Sheikh Ahmed is also the Vice-Chairman of the Dubai World Trade Centre, Chairman Supreme Committee – Dubai Shopping Festival Committee and Dubai Summer Surprises, and Board Member – General Civil Aviation Authority of UAE.   
In June 2010 Sheikh Ahmed was appointed as the Chairman of Emirates NBD.

Despite his numerous business activities, Sheikh Ahmed is Patron to many charitable organizations, including the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre, the Rotary Club of Dubai and the Terry Fox Run and the Emirates Airline Foundation.

Sheikh Ahmed is a recipient of Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur (the Legion of Honour) – the highest French civilian award, conferred on him during the Dubai Air Show in December 2003. In 2008, he was awarded the Verfassungsportugaleser, one of Germany’s highest honours, for outstanding services to the City of Hamburg.

Holder of a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA, Sheikh Ahmed 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.



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