100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Noor Sweid
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Noor Sweid

Industry: Construction and industry

Company: Depa International

Designation: Strategic director

Country: UAE

Occupation: Strategic director

Noor Sweid is the strategic director of the Dubai-based private stock company Depa United Group.

Sweid began her career as a financial manager for Charles Schwab in Boston, followed by a stint at Accenture before she came to Dubai and became part of the team that expanded DIFC. Locally, she’s a fixture on the young women’s business circuit, as the Middle East chapter head of 85Broads, a network of former Goldman exployees and graduates of top management schools. She also launched ZenYoga, a popular chain of yoga studios.

Depa specialises in the full-scope turnkey fit-out and furnishing of five-star luxury hotels, yachts, apartments, and other fine private and public facilities in Dubai and around the world.

The firm has steadily grown and expanded throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Among the projects that the company has worked on include the Dubai Metro, terminals 1 and 3 at Dubai International Airport, the Atlantis resort on the Palm Jumeirah and the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Its blue-chip clients include Etisalat, Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Warner Brothers, Giorgio Armani and Emaar.

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