A Business Administration graduate, Mohi-Din BinHendi was appointed Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation in June 1979 by special decree issued by the Ruler of Dubai, having previously served as Director of Airport Customs.
Mr. BinHendi, together with Sheikh Ahmed Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Civil Aviation, was responsible for the development of Dubai International Airport into the Middle East's busiest air terminal, the award-winning Dubai Duty Free Complex, the New Arrivals Terminal, Aviation Club, Aviation College and Dubai Air Cargo Terminal.
Gulf Business Awards picked Mr, BinHendi as the "Gulf Chief Executive of the Year" in 1994 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the growth of he civil aviation industry in Dubai, and more particularly for leading Dubai International Airport to global prominence.
Additional, Mr. BinHendi currently holds other notable positions in various organizations, such as Member of the Board of Governors at Dubai Aviation College; Member of the Board of Directors at Emirates Golf Club; and Chairman of the Aviation Advisory Committee at Dubai Men's College.
Mr. BinHendi is also a diversified business entrepreneur and was accorded the 'Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria' by the Austrian President in January 1995.
In January 1996, Mr. BinHendi was conferred the 'Honour of the Order of Merit of the Republic' with the title 'Cavalière' by the President of the Republic of Italy for the promotion and strengthening of cultural and commercial links between Italy and the UAE.
Apart from having investments in the property, furnishing and oilfield supply sectors, he has today expanded into the hospitality, construction, real estate, fashion, jewellery, and interior designing.
My goal is to have a diversified portfolio of businesses, and to provide the people in my country with something much more than just a basic service. We always try to do things with quality, taste and style.
You ask me what the most important elements for achieving success in business are. I would say that they are pursuing your goals, loving the business you do, and doing it with originality, style and with the right people.