CEO, Dubai Airports
Paul Griffiths is Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports, with the responsibility for the operation and development of the world’s busiest international airport, Dubai International (DXB), and Dubai World Central (DWC).
Paul joined Dubai Airports as its first CEO in October 2007 and has since overseen a series of flawless facility openings including Terminal 3 at Dubai International in 2008, the Emirate’s second airport DWC in 2010, the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility Concourse A in 2013 and Concourse D on February 24, 2016. Next, Paul will lead efforts to completely re-design and set new standards for the airport passenger experience at DXB and as part of long-term plans for the next phase of development at DWC.
Prior to moving to Dubai, Paul was Chairman and Managing Director of London’s Gatwick Airport. Before joining airport operator BAA in 2004, he spent 14 years with the Virgin Group, working closely with Sir Richard Branson as a Board Director of the Virgin Travel Group. In the 1980s, he spent four years in Hong Kong developing the marketing, commercial planning and technology functions for Dragonair.
Paul’s career in transportation arose out of the strict advice of his father not to pursue his passion for music. Paul has managed to combine a high-profile career with a schedule of concert and recital engagements and has made many public appearances as a recitalist, continuo player and soloist in concerti with major orchestras.
In commemoration of his services to British prosperity in the UAE and to music, Paul became a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2015.