Paul Griffiths Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Paul will be speaking during the plenary session "Toward the 'joined up' journey."


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Paul Griffiths is Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports, with the responsibility for the operation and development of Dubai International as well as Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central, which will eventually be the world’s biggest, and best, airport.

Paul joined Dubai Airports as its first CEO in October 2007. Exactly a year later, on October 14, he orchestrated the flawless launch of Terminal 3 at Dubai International and on June 27, 2010 successfully opened the emirate’s second airport  Dubai World Central.

He achieved another milestone in Dubai’s aviation history on January 2, 2013 with the similarly flawless opening of Concourse A, the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility. Next, Paul will lead efforts to completely re-design and set new standards for the airport passenger experience as part of the US$32 billion expansion of the next phase of DWC.

Prior to moving to Dubai, Paul was 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, embracing the commercial activities of both Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Trains.

Prior to this, in the 1980s, he spent four years in Hong Kong developing the marketing, commercial planning and technology functions for the then start-up airline Dragonair.

Paul is married to Joanna and has three children between the ages of 11 and 24.