Sheikh Hamdan is a member of the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates and maintains a life-long love of aviation and serves as Chairman of the Board of Royal Jet.
He graduated from UAE University in Al Ain in 1982 with a double major in Economics and Administration. He further prepared his post-graduate studies in aviation in London, UK.
Between 2013 and 2016, Sheikh Hamdan served as the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE Federal Government and the Chancellor of United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).
Prior to being appointed Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, he served as Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the National Transportation Authority. Previously, Sheikh Hamdan served as the Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation for Abu Dhabi for 14 years and Chairman of Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GAMCO) for 10 years. He served as the rotating Chairman of Gulf Air and the turnaround program “Project Falcon” was initiated during his tenure. He was also Deputy Chairman of Emirates Media Corporation, which is now Abu Dhabi Media.