Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

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Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Ahmad bin Said Al Maktouum.jpg
Native name أحمد بن سعيد آل مكتوم
Born (1958-12-01) 1 December 1958 (age 58)
Dubai, Trucial States (now known as UAE)
Residence Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Nationality United Arab Emirates
Education University of Denver [1]
(Political science)[2]
Occupation

Chairman of and CEO Emirates Airline, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Dubai World, flydubai, Noor Islamic Bank PJSC,

Noor Investment Group, Noor Takaful General PJSC, and Noor Takaful Family PJSC
Spouse(s)
  • Nivin El-Gamal div.
  • Mona bint Obaid bin Thani Al Maktoum (m. 2008)[3]
Parents
House Al Maktoum
Two smiling men in business suits, shaking hands
Al Maktoum with Lula, former president of Brazil

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Arabic: أحمد بن سعيد آل مكتوم‎‎), born 1 December 1958, is president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and chairman of the Emirates Group and chairman of Dubai World.[7]

Background[edit]

The youngest son of former ruler of Dubai Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum, he is the brother of former ruler of Dubai Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the uncle of ruler of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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.[1][8][9][10]

He is believed to be connected to at least 14 board members in 14 organizations in 14 industries.[11] Ahmed has been called "the man who put Dubai on the global aviation map."[12]

Personal life[edit]

He married Nivin El-Gamal, and they had a child.[13][14] It was later reported that El-Gamal feared deportation.[15]Court hearings took place, but Ahmed did not attend.[16] Al Maktoum later married a first cousin twice removed (a regional tradition) in 2008.[12]

Career[edit]

American Express reportedly rejected Al Maktoum for its credit card.[17][18] He was interviewed about the work he will do for Expo 2020.[19] On 25 October 2015, Al Maktoum issued a statement commemorating the 30th anniversary of Emirates.[20] On 21 November 2015, he launched the DAFZA Innovation Strategy.[21] In January 2016, Al Maktoum inaugurated the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre.[22]

Honors and awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum". Dubai World. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Glass, Amy (15 June 2008). "Sheikh Ahmed marries Sheikh Obaid's daughter". Arabian Business. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ruling Family of Dubai current events 1: 2004 - September 2011 - Page 5 - The Royal Forums". Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Abubakr Sidahmed-AAIA,ASLA,PMI,ASQ,ACI,AAAS". Retrieved 12 October 2016. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Sidahmed, Abubakr. "Abubakr Sidahmed Curriculm Vitae" (PDF). p. 7. Retrieved 12 October 2016. (widow of (the late)H.H.Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum and mother of H.H.Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed–the Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and Emirates Airlines) 
  7. ^ Sharif, Arif; Hall, Camilla (13 December 2010). "Dubai Names Emirates Head as Chairman of Dubai World". Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum". Entrepreneur. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Last Updated: Mon, Mar 21 2016 | 5:02 PM | 27°C Dubai, United Arab Emirates . HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum". Arabian Business. Archived from the original on 8 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum". Dubai Airports. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum: Executive Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved 21 March 2016. This person is connected to 14 Board Members in 14 different organizations across 14 different industries. 
  12. ^ a b Kerr, Simeon (12 September 2014). "Sheikh Ahmed: the man who put Dubai on the global aviation map". Financial Times. Retrieved 21 March 2016. (subscription required)
  13. ^ Herrmann, Joshi (28 March 2012). "The sheikh who loved me then left me with his child". EveningStandard. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Gammell, Caroline (25 January 2010). "'Secret wife' of Dubai sheikh seeks UK asylum". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Angella (1 February 2015). "Agony of the billionaire sheik's secret wife who faces deportation and a husband who shuns his only son". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  16. ^ Enoch, Nick (3 January 2012). "Judge's fury at billionaire Arab prince after he fails to attend High Court over claims he married model in secret ceremony". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  17. ^ Steiner, Rupert (15 May 2008). "City interview: Sheikh al-Maktoum". This is MONEY. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Archived from the original on 21 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  18. ^ Harper, Keith (11 May 2001). "Desert prince catches the big bus". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Expo 2020 Preparatory Higher Committee: Interview". Oxford Buiness Group. Oxford Business Group. Archived from the original on 21 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum issues statement on 30th anniversary of Emirates airline". eTurboNews, Inc. 25 October 2015. Archived from the original on 26 October 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum launches DAFZA Innovation Strategy". Dubai Airport Freezone. 21 November 2015. Archived from the original on 21 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Inaugurates Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre". Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority. Archived from the original on 21 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  23. ^ "Ernst & Young names UAE Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011". Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  24. ^ "HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum accepts Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Personality of the Year 2012 Award". Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Retrieved 3 September 2012. [dead link]
  25. ^ "His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum". City University London. Archived from the original on 4 August 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  26. ^ "Olympic History of United Arab Emirates". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 3 August 2016.