The Gifted Aviator
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, 55, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Emirates Airline and Group has devoted more than half of his life in building the Emirates Empire. The Aviation chief has his skills expanding in many other industries namely banking and finance, global financial stability and education. He is the chairman of Dubai’s biggest bank, Emirates NBD and the Dubai World, which is also world’s third-biggest port company.
Sheikh Ahmed embarked his career in the flying industry in 1985 when he was appointed at the Presidential position of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), the government body that controls the civil sector. He went on to launch “flydubai”, Emirates’ own budget carrier in the year 2009 which went on to become the second-largest contributor to the air traffic at the Dubai International airport. He has not restricted his boundaries to business, but has applied his expertise in politics as well. He maintains a good equation with Sheikh Mohammed [Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Emir of Dubai] and at the time of global financial crisis he was assisting Sheikh Mohammed to lead a team of firefighting lieutenants who cleaned up corruption and organized bailout loans.
He is a well-informed dignitary who has won many honours in his success journey, some of them being Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur (the Legion of Honour) the highest French civilian award; Verfassungsportugaleser, for outstanding services to the City of Hamburg; and Ernst & Young 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the UAE. Sheikh Ahmed’s achievements in aviation sector are being recognised by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the world’s only professional body working towards the entire aerospace commodity. It is also treated to be one of the industry’s most respected professional associations, dignified Sheikh Ahmed’s contribution with a fellowship of the Society at the 1994 Farnborough Air Show in the UK. A devoted philanthropist at heart, he is also a patron to a number of charitable organizations across the globe.