Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi is the Founding and Executive Chairman of the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
A seasoned industry professional. Alnaqbi has almost 30 years of experience in the aviation industry and sits on the board of a number of international aviation industry companies.
He entered the industry as vice-president Finance & Administration with the UAE’s Head of State flight operations. In this role he became involved with VIP air transportation, and was the founder of Royal Jet, now one of the world’s most award-winning VIP aviation operators. During this period he realised that there was a poor knowledge of business aviation in the region and in 2006 began identifying stakeholders to create MEBAA.
With his experience spanning aircraft purchase, sale, lease and VIP interior completion Alnaqbi’s knowledge base makes him a valued contributor to the business aviation industry and has used that experience for MEBAA to represent the industry across the Middle East and North Africa.
Credited with encouraging members of the industry in the MENA region into a tremendous growth rate by breaking barriers for effective communication among members and working to gain greater awareness of the role of business aviation among the region’s governments.
In 2007 he was elected to represent MEBAA on the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) governing board and in 2017 was elected Vice Chairman of the organisation.
Alnaqbi and MEBAA have spread their influence for business aviation into humanitarian fields with support for the World Food Programme (WFP) fight against hunger through the creation of a Fly & Feed donation programme.
He is a regular speaker at business aviation conferences and is a recognised authority around the world.