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Who is Lord Brian Wilkie?

Brian Wilkie, a British entrepreneur born in Ootacamund, India, in 1949, has been a dynamic presence in Dubai since 1976. With a rich history of pioneering ventures, Wilkie is best known for establishing Wilkie’s Wine Bars, the Gulf’s first wine bars, and Memo Express, Dubai’s inaugural motorcycle messenger service. His entrepreneurial spirit didn’t stop there; he currently owns Universal Express, a courier consolidator company with a global footprint in Dubai, Singapore, and Nairobi, and Enviroserve, a company committed to environmental sustainability through the recycling of refrigerated gases, mobile phones, and e-waste. Married to Sami since 1982, Wilkie has been a significant figure in Dubai’s business landscape, also serving as the ex-Chairman of the British Business Group of Dubai and Northern Emirates and contributing to various social and business groups.

Beyond his business achievements, Wilkie has made substantial contributions to the community and charitable causes. He founded and developed the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC), enriching Dubai’s cultural scene. As the co-founder and Chairman of Gulf for Good, an adventure challenge charity based in Dubai, he has combined his passion for sport and travel with philanthropy, supporting children’s causes around the world. His dedication to charity, community work, and his significant impact on both the business and social sectors in the UAE were recognized in 2008 when he was awarded the MBE by Queen Elizabeth for ‘services to business and charity in the UAE’. Wilkie’s life is a testament to his commitment to making a difference, balancing successful entrepreneurial ventures with impactful community and charitable work.

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