Power and control
Akbar Al Baker relishes being at the centre of the action within the Qatar Airways group. He runs the airline and eight divisions – including Doha airport – and is overseeing the development of its successor. He has a firm grip on every aspect of the business, so it is no surprise that during our interview there are regular interruptions for varied queries or updates. But Al Baker takes delight in the control he exerts and his enthusiasm for the job appears undiminished despite this being his fifteenth year as chief executive.
“I enjoy it. It’s a challenge, it’s achieving something – serving my country at a time when Qatar is such a bright spot on the world economic map and being an ambassador for my country.”
But should Al Baker decide he has had enough, he will not be found relaxing on a beach. “When I leave here I still have my other businesses to run,” he says.