Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Arabic: أحمد بن سعيد آل مكتوم; born 1 December 1958) is an Emirati businessman and member of Dubai's ruling Al Maktoum family. He is the president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and founder of the Emirates Group, chairman of Dubai World.[1]

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
أحمد بن سعيد آل مكتوم
Ahmad bin Said Al Maktouum.jpg
Born (1958-12-01) 1 December 1958 (age 63)
Dubai, Trucial States (now UAE)
NationalityEmirati
EducationUniversity of Denver
OccupationChairman and CEO Emirates Airline, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Dubai World, flydubai, Noor Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, Chancellor of The British University in Dubai
TitleHH Sheikh
Spouse
  • Nivin El Gamal (2007)
  • Sheikha Mona bint Obaid Al Maktoum (2008)
  • Moza bint Hamdan Al Malik Al Shehi (2019)
IssueSaeed bin Ahmed al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Ahmed al Maktoum
HouseAl Maktoum
FatherSaeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum
MotherSheikha Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Ahmed Suliman Al Malik

He is also the current chancellor of The British University in Dubai, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee, second vice chairman of the Dubai Executive Council,[2] and chairman of Emirates NBD Bank PJSC.[3]

Early yearsEdit

 
Al Maktoum with Lula da Silva, president of Brazil at that time in 2007.

The youngest son of Dubai's former ruler Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum and the only child of his second wife Sheikha Fatima bint Ahmed bin Suliman, Sheikh Ahmed is the half-brother of Dubai's former ruler Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the uncle of Dubai's ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

CareerEdit

Ahmed's career in the aviation industry began in 1985, when he was appointed president of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) (the governing body which oversaw the activities of Dubai International and Dubai Duty Free). Emirates, the national carrier, was launched at the same time, with Ahmed appointed chairman.[4][5][6][7]

He is believed to be connected to at least 14 board members in 14 organizations in 14 industries.[8] Ahmed has been called "the man who put Dubai on the global aviation map."[9] He has been chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline & Group since 1985.[10] In October 2019 Al Maktoum, as president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), opened a quartet of sector-specific global food trade platforms at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).[11]

Al Maktoum was chairman of the Dubai Free Zone Council. At its 13th meeting in 2019, chaired by Al Maktoum, the members discussed initiatives and proposals for long-term rental agreements or investors and free zone passports.[12]

He was listed in the 'Top 100 most powerful Arabs' from 2013 to 2021 by Gulf Business.[13][14][15]

Al Maktoum is chair of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.[16][17]

Personal lifeEdit

He is a graduate of the University of Denver.[4][18] He married Egyptian socialite Nivin El-Gamal in 2007. She gave birth to their only child,[19][20] Saeed bin Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.[21] Al Maktoum later married a first cousin twice removed (a regional tradition), daughter of Sheikh Obaid bin Thani Al Maktoum, in 2008.[9][22][23] He married his cousin Moza bint Hamdan Al Malik Al Shehi in 2019 and became a father of a son named Mohammed on 22 November 2020.

Honors and awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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