Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum - Power 500 2012

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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Industry: Transport & Industry

Nationality: United Arab Emirates

Last year's rank: Increase 4

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Over the past 25 years HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has been at the forefront of Dubai’s remarkable economic development spearheading the successful expansion of aviation and, more recently, formulating economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of the emirate’s overarching vision.

In his role as chairman of Emirates Airline, few can deny his staggering influence. Emirates has over 170 aircraft, and flies to more than 120 destinations in over 70 countries. He has managed to deliver a profit for 24 years in succession, with the 2011 figures showing income of $409m.

But the airline is only part of his story. He holds a number of government positions and plays an increasingly pivotal role in leading the emirate’s finance and energy sectors. Sheikh Ahmed is also the chairman of Dubai World, Emirates NBD and the emirate’s Supreme Fiscal Committee. Amongst his many other roles are the deputy chairmanship of the Dubai Executive Council, and he also heads up the Dubai Power & Energy Committee.

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