Adel Abdullah Ali

Executive Board Member and Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia


Adel Abdullah Ali is the Chief Executive Officer & Executive Board Member of Air Arabia since 2003.Mr. Ali received award for the best CEO of low-cost carrier in the world for the years 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 in recognition of his efforts in founding the first low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa.

He was also selected as the best businessman for the year 2011.

In July 2014, Mr. Ali won the “Airline Business Award” at the esteemed Airline Strategy Awards 2014.

He received the Award in recognition of Air Arabia’s commitment to offer high quality, low-cost travel solutions to passengers in the Arab world and beyond.

With more than 28 years of solid experience in aviation industry and strategic planning, coupled with deep knowledge in tourism and commercial operations, Mr. Ali successfully ran Air Arabia to new heights.

Before Air Arabia, Mr. Ali served in various management roles in the aviation industry. He served as vice president of the commercial & customer services in Gulf Air where he played a key role in restructuring the company.He also served for more than 20 years in different management positions with British Airways last of which was General Manager of the Middle east and Africa.

The pioneering aviator drove Air Arabia’s growth in more than a decade into the largest low cost carrier in the MENA region,as well as the first publicly owned airline in the Arab World and it’s largest by market value.

Under his leadership, Air Arabia’s business model has gone from strength-to-strength, enabling it to expand operations,enter new ventures and diversify into new revenue streams.Today, the Group holds a portfolio of successful businesses and projects, offering travel, tourism and hospitality services across the globe.

In addition to being the Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, Mr. Ali is also the chairman of Sharjah Information Systems Associates, Alpha Sharjah Catering, Alpha Aviation Academy and Cozmo Travel.

A board member of the Sharjah Aviation Services, Mr. Ali also sits on the board of Air Arabia (Maroc), based in Casablanca’s Mohamed V International Airport and Air Arabia (Egypt), based in Alexandria’s Burj Al Arab International Airport.