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His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Portrait photo of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, DAEP President
Dubai is a city of ambition turning into reality. I believe this comes from a reflection of the spirit of the city’s people, who relentlessly reach for greater heights every day. Particularly, the success of Dubai’s aviation industry speaks to this spirit; choosing time and again to reach for the sky.

Aviation now accounts for 28% of Dubai’s GDP, signalling just how close we are getting to achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – to make Dubai the aviation capital of the world. This vision fuels us to go above and beyond demands for seamless travel. True to the spirit of this city, we will not settle for less than setting the standard for innovation in aviation and the very best travel experiences for the passengers that travel through Dubai from over 240 countries. 

Our future will bring faster passenger processing with cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence as well as devices and systems to optimise energy utilisation. In addition to driving efficiency, these initiatives will have zero negative impact on the environment.

The future of aviation remains exciting. Together with our partners, contractors, stakeholders and the country’s leadership, DAEP will keep building on Dubai's aviation legacy.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum is credited with putting Dubai on the global aviation map, starting with his appointment as president of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation in 1985 to leading DAEP today. His Highness is a prominent figure across Dubai’s key developmental initiatives, leading at least 14 boards across industries. He is also Chairman of the Emirates Group, the launch of which he personally oversaw in 1985. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA.

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We are not resting on our laurels. We are continually working on many more milestones.

His Excellency Mr. Khalifa S. Al Zaffin

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Her Excellency Ms. Suzanne Al Anani


Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects is responsible for the design, master-planning, infrastructure development and construction of Dubai’s dynamic aviation sector.
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