Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

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Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
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Native name
أحمد بن سعيد آل مكتوم
Born (1958-12-01) 1 December 1958 (age 61)
Dubai, Trucial States (now known as UAE)
ResidenceDubai, United Arab Emirates
NationalityUnited Arab Emirates
EducationUniversity of Denver[1]
(Political science)[2]
OccupationChairman of and CEO Emirates Airline, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Dubai World, flydubai, Noor Islamic Bank PJSC, Noor Investment Group, Noor Takaful General PJSC, Noor Takaful Family PJSC and Chancellor of The British University in Dubai
Net worth
US$37.8 billion (2018)[citation needed]
TitleHH Sheikh
Spouse(s)Sheikha shamsah bint Obaid Al Maktoum
HouseAl Maktoum

Sheikh 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, chairman of Dubai World,[3] and Noor Takaful insurance company. He is the current chancellor of the Middle East's first research-based postgraduate university The British University in Dubai, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee, and second vice chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.[4] A billionaire member of Dubai's ruling Al Maktoum family, he is believed to be one of the world's wealthiest royals.


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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.

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][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]

Personal life[edit]

He is a graduate of the University of Denver. He married Egyptian socialite Nivin El-Gamal in 2007.[10] She gave birth to their only child,[11][12] Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum[13] in Los Angeles in 2008.[14] It was later reported that El-Gamal feared deportation from the United Kingdom where she resided.[14] Court hearings took place, but Ahmed did not attend.[15] Al Maktoum later married a first cousin twice removed (a regional tradition) in 2008.[9] In 2011, his net worth was reported to be £19 billion ($31 billion),[a] placing him first ahead of the King of Thailand on the list of royalty by net worth for that year.

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Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ £19,000,000,000 equivalent to $31,743,300,000 by GBP/USD exchange rate of 1.67070 on 29 April 2011.[16][17][18]


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  2. ^ "HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum". Dubai World. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  3. ^ Sharif, Arif; Hall, Camilla (13 December 2010). "Dubai Names Emirates Head as Chairman of Dubai World". Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  4. ^ "HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum :: Dubai World". www.dubaiworld.ae. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ "H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum". Entrepreneur. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum". Dubai Airports. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ "Former model dumped by £19bn Dubai sheikh who branded her a 'courtesan' wins court fight to prove she DID marry him". Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "SHEIKH SAEED BIN AHMED BIN SAEED AL-MAKTOUM - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  14. ^ a b 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "Former model dumped by £19bn Dubai sheikh who branded her a 'courtesan' wins court fight to prove she DID marry him". Mail Online. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  17. ^ Leppard, David (18 December 2011). "£19bn sheikh fights secret wedding, case". The Times.
  18. ^ "British Pound to US Dollar (GBP USD) for 29 April 2011 (29/04/2011)". exchangerates.org.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  19. ^ "His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum". City University London. Archived from the original on 4 August 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 13, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Ernst & Young names UAE Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011". Retrieved 15 September 2015.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum accepts Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Personality of the Year 2012 Award". Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  23. ^ "Honorary British Awards to Foreign Nationals – 2013" (PDF).