100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2011
Fatima Al Jaber
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Fatima Al Jaber

Industry: Construction & Industry

Company: Al Jaber Group

Designation: COO

Country: UAE/UAE

Occupation: COO

In her position as chief operating officer of the Abu Dhabi-based Al Jaber Group, Fatima Al Jaber oversees more than 50,000 staff and manages around $4.9bn in assets. The conglomerate, which has built a number of iconic projects across the UAE, was founded by her father, Obaid Al Jaber, 40 years ago.

Prior to her appointment at the firm four years ago Al Jaber had a hugely successful career at the public works department at  Abu Dhabi Municipality.

She is a regular speaker at business conferences across the region as well as a high profile ambassador for women in the workplace. She is also fiercely proud of the opportunities available for Emirati women. “Everything is there; if a woman wants to start a business she can. If she wants to work in government, she can find a job. If she wants to study, there are all sorts of education venues and places to study. The choices are all there,” she told CEO Middle East last month.

Al Jaber became the first Emirati woman to be elected to the board of directors at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce in December 2009.