Emirates appoints 10 UAE nationals to key positions

All of the appointments bring Emirati talent into key leadership positions.
Updated 08 January 2019

Emirates appoints 10 UAE nationals to key positions

Emirates has announced a number of appointments to its commercial operations team across the Middle East, GCC and Africa.

All of the appointments bring Emirati talent into key leadership positions, either being promoted from within the organization or through portfolio rotations, underpinning the airline’s “commitment to career development and progression of its UAE Nationals.” All of the new appointments are effective starting Jan. 6.

Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said: “As we continue to develop our operations in the Middle East, GCC and Africa, the unique backgrounds, experience and skills of each newly appointed member of our commercial team will further strengthen our commercial and business operations and drive our strategic initiatives in a new year of growth. Their experience will also be instrumental as we focus on executing many of our commercial initiatives to pursue revenue opportunities, improve margin performance, as well as capture new consumer segments.”

The new appointments include:

• Mohammad Lootah will be taking on the role of Jordan manager. Lootah joined Emirates in 2016.

• Tariq Al-Mutawa has been appointed Emirates’ Kuwait manager. He has been with Emirates for eight years.

• Hamad Al-Ali has been appointed to lead Emirates’ commercial activities as manager in Bahrain. He joined Emirates in 2013.

• Omar Al-Bushlaibi will become manager in Oman. He joined Emirates in 2014 as part of the UAE National Commercial Management Program.

• Nasser Bahlooq will be Emirates’ manager in Zimbabwe. He joined the UAE National Commercial Management Program in 2015.

• Khalfan Al-Salami will hold the role of manager in Sudan. Khalfan joined Emirates in 2015 as part of the UAE National Commercial Management Program.

• Marwan Al-Marri will become the airline’s manager in Riyadh. He previously held the commercial support manager position in Madinah.

• Fahad Bastaki will take on the role of manager in Dammam. He began his career with Emirates in 2015.

• Saeed Khalifa bin Sulaiman will take on the role of senior manager in  Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain. 

• Omar Al-Banna will become manager in  Sharjah and Northern Emirates. He started his career with Emirates in 2006.


Ras Al-Khaimah to host Mideast’s first ‘business Oscars’

Updated 16 September 2019

Ras Al-Khaimah to host Mideast’s first ‘business Oscars’

The Stevie Awards, known widely as the “business Oscars,” has reached an agreement for a strategic partnership with Ras Al-Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RAK Chamber) for the first annual Middle East Stevie Awards to be held in Ras Al-Khaimah in February 2020.
The Middle East Stevie Awards will recognize innovation in the workplace from across 17 MENA countries and the awards program and gala prize-giving ceremony will be held in Ras Al-Khaimah for the first three years and at least every other year thereafter. The announcement was accompanied by a call from Stevie Awards for entries for the inaugural edition.
“Hosting the inaugural edition of the Middle East Stevie Awards here in Ras Al-Khaimah is a significant accomplishment, and another noteworthy milestone to add to the emirate’s successful track record, continuing on the same path of progress that has been taking place across all sectors, in line with the directives of our wise leadership,” said Mohamed Ali Al-Nuaimi, chairman of RAK Chamber.
“I was extremely gratified when the RAK Chamber approached us about partnering with them on a new Stevie Awards program for the Middle East and North Africa,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and executive chairman of the Stevie Awards. “We have recognized the achievements of executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations across the region for many years in our other programs. The time is right for the region to have its own Stevie’s program. We are excited to launch the Middle East Stevie Awards, and look forward to the first gathering of Stevie Award winners in the program in Ras Al-Khaimah in February.”