The Emiratis, sometimes called the Emirati people, are the native population and citizens of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is made up of seven emirates, each of which have a dominant or ruling family or tribe. Abu Dhabi was home to the Bani Yas tribal confederation and Dubai settled in 1883 by an offshoot of the Bani Yas. The UAE is home to more than 50 other nationalities and mixed marriages between Emiratis and other nationalities have taken place.
The Emirati culture is based on Arab culture and has been influenced by the religion, Islam. Arabian influence on the Emirati culture is visibly the traditional Emirati architecture. Ever since the 20th century, the country has become more cosmopolitan and aspects of Western culture are very visible in the country.
As one would expect, a reputable country such as the UAE has definitely produced so many great people some of which are business men, politicians, medical personnels, athletes, writers, tech guys and many more from other walks of life.
Listed below are the most powerful Emirati nationals.
1. HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Over the past 25 years, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has been at the forefront of Dubai’s remarkable economic development spearheading the successful expansion of aviation, more recently, formulating economic and investment policies in support of the emirate’s vision. Born on the 1st of December 1958, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum began his career in the aviation industry in 1985 when he was appointed president of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation. He is presently the CEO and chairman of the Emirates Group, chairman of Dubai World, and Noor Takaful insurance company. He has a net worth of approximately $38 billion, making him one of the world’s wealthiest royals.
2. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak
Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak was born in Abu Dhabi in 1976 and was educated in the United States. He is currently a member of the Executive Council for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and he sits on a number of boards, including First Abu Dhabi Bank, Aldar Properties and Ferrari. He is currently the Managing Director and CEO of Mubadala Investment Company (a state-owned holding company). He holds a degree in Economics and Finance from Tufts University, Boston, USA.
3. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair is the CEO of Mashreq Bank and member of the board of directors of Abdulla Al Ghurair Group of Companies, one of the biggest and most successful business groups in the Middle East. He was elected speaker of the UAE National Council (UAE Parliament). Previously, he was among the board of directors of major companies such as Emaar, Dubai Investments, Visa International, MasterCard, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and many more. As of 2019, his net worth was estimated by Forbes to be $4.8 billion, making him the 420th richest person in the world.
4. Mohamed Alabbar
Mohamed Alabbar is one of the well-known Emiratis in the world; and he’s a businessman and a global entrepreneur. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Emaar properties, the developer of assets such as the iconic Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall, as well as the chairman of Eagle Hills, the Abu Dhabi based private investment and real estate development company.
5. HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber
His Excellency Dr Sultan Al Jaber holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California in the United States and a PhD in business and economics from Coventry University in the United Kingdom and an MBA from the California State University at Los Angeles. He is currently the Minister of State in the United Arab Emirates, the Director-General and CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC Group), the Chairman of Masdar, and the Chairman of UAE National Media Council. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber is also a prominent advocate of alternative energy and sustainable development.