By ADAM SCHRECK, AP Business Writer
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — To say that the head of Dubai’s Emirates airline wears many hats is something of an understatement.
Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum holds several government positions in the Gulf city-state, and is an uncle of Dubai’s ruler. He was appointed chairman of Dubai World in 2010 to oversee the troubled state conglomerate’s turnaround plan.
But it is role at the helm of Emirates airline for which Sheik Ahmed is best known. The University of Denver graduate became chairman of the newly formed airline in 1985, and later took on the job of CEO too.
Today he oversees one of the world’s fastest growing carriers, which boasts more than 120 destinations in 73 countries. Emirates Group, which includes the airline and related businesses, earned $1.6 billion in fiscal 2010. It expects to post another annual profit later this month.