100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Omar Abdulrahman
25

Omar Abdulrahman

Industry: Sport

Designation: Footballer

Country: UAE

Country of origin: @3moory10

Age: 23

omar Abdulrahman, nicknamed Omoory, is an Emirati footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for the UAE’s national football team, as well as Al Ain. International soccer association ESPN ranked him number one in the top ten Asian players of 2012, and he was voted Emirati Player of the Year, Fans’ Player of the Year and Young Arab Player of the Year at the end of the 2012/13 season when his side won the 2012 Super Cup league. The 23-year-old started his career on trial with Al Hilal Saudi FC in 2000 and joined Al Ain in 2007 when he was just 15. He made his debut in 2009, winning his first senior honours, such as the Etisalat Cup, the Presidents’ Cup and the Super Cup. However, he suffered a ligament injury the following season and had to be sidelined for six months. The injury recurred in 2011/12 and again Abdulrahman was out for six months — although when he returned his club won the league. Later, he completed a two-week trial with Manchester City but returned to Al Ain as a key player in a 2012/13, scoring eight goals.

In February this year, Abdulrahman agreed a new four-year contract with Al Ain thought to be worth AED14m a year — dispelling rumours of a possible move to a European league.