100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Fatima Al Jaber
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Fatima Al Jaber

Industry: Construction and industry

Company: Al Jaber Group

Designation: Chief operating officer

Country: UAE

Occupation: Chief operating officer

Now 43 years old, Al Jaber Group is one of the UAE’s top
companies. In her position as chief operating officer of the Abu Dhabi-based
group, Fatima Al Jaber oversees more than 60,000 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 recently.
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.