Three Britons based in the United Arab Emirates were noted on the United Kingdom’s New Year’s Honours List for 2014. All were recognized for their efforts to strengthen relations between the UK and the UAE.
Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, was made Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Mr. Clark’s career in the aviation industry spans five decades, during which time he has served with a number of airlines in the Gulf region. He joined Emirates Airline as the head of airline planning when the company was created in 1985 and has served as its president since 2003. Mr. Clark was described as an exceptional business leader and strategist with an outstanding record of promoting business opportunities between the UK and UAE.
Michael Tomalin was awarded the honor of Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, which recognizes services performed in foreign nations. Mr. Tomalin, the former chief executive of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, was credited with helping to bring the business communities of the UK and UAE closer together. During his tenure as head of NBAD, Mr. Tomalin greatly expanded the bank and positioned it as one of the most trusted financial institutions in the Middle East.
Colonel Rupert William Robson, the former defense attaché at the British Embassy in the UAE, was named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was recognized for his work in building diplomatic ties between the UK and the UAE, as well as his long and distinguished military career.