Al-Baker became Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways in 1997. Prior to his appointment he worked at the Civil Aviation Directorate of Qatar. He is also the former Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority. He is also CEO of several divisions of Qatar's national airline including Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Duty Free Company, Doha International Airport, Internal Media Services, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company and member of the Board of Governors of IATA (International Air Transport Association). Al-Baker holds a degree in Economics from India where he originally descends. "I have Indian connections. I studied in India and am very happy and proud to get that opportunity. You can see the results of what Indian education is bringing to Qatar Airways," he said.