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Forbes Middle East's Top 50 Travel & Tourism Leaders List

  • Publish date: Monday، 07 March 2022
Forbes Middle East's Top 50 Travel & Tourism Leaders List

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, has ranked first in the Forbes Middle East's Top 50 Travel & Tourism Leaders list.

The UAE has dominated this month's rankings with 24 of the leaders featured based in the country, followed by 11 in Saudi Arabia, and four in Egypt. 

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths also featured high up on the list, placing third.

The chosen figures are those who drive growth  in the region's travel and tourism industry.

Emirates Airline and Group's revenue reached $6.7 billion in the first half of the 2021/2022 fiscal year. The hotels and hospitality sector is the most dominant with 26 entries, followed by aviation with 17, and tourism with seven.

The ranking was based on:

• Size of the business, including revenue, values of investments, and asset value.
• Ownership of assets.
• Designation of the business leader.
• Experience of the business leader.
• Degree of influence of the business leader.
• Other achievements of the business leader.

Here's the full list

1. Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

2. Akbar Al Baker

3. Paul Griffiths

4. Ibrahim Koshy

5. Faisal Al Thani

6. Tony Douglas

7. Jerry Inzerillo

8. Hesham Al Qassim

9. John Pagano

10. Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

11. Mohammed Almowkley

12. Amr Abuelenein

13. Guy Hutchinson

14. José Silva

15. Shareef Al Hashmi

16. Mark Willis

17. Kamil H. Al-Awadhi

18. Amr AlMadani 

19. Haitham Mattar

20. Basmah Al Mayman

21. Jochem-Jan Sleiffer

22. Amine Debaghine Mesroua

23. Sami Bin Abdulmohsen AlHokair

24. Nicolas Claude

25. Sandeep Walia

26. Philippe Zuber

27. Hisham Talaat Moustafa

28. Hussain Ibrahim Alfardan

29. Majed Bin Ayed AlnefaieAdel Amin Wali

30. Adel Amin Wali

31. Mark Kirby

32. Abdulaziz Al Raisi

33. Abdelhamid Addou

34. Mohamed Al Zaabi

35. Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi

36. Talal Jassim Al-Bahar

37. Nver Mkhitaryan

38. Bander Almohanna

39. Khalid Anib

40. Marwan Marzouk Boodai

41. Hashil Al Mahrouqi

42. Sultan Al-Otaibi

43. Joachim Schmitt

44. Nadia Zaal

45. Alison Grinnell

46. Mohamed Awadalla

47. Khalifa Bin Braik

48. Alexander Suski

49. Adel Mardini

50. Ali Abdullah Al-Selham