Dubai has become a city to watch – often in awe.
Its meteoric rise to the international stage and its constant evolution has drawn much attention. But behind every city, much like any company, are the people who make it. And these are not only the top echelons of government and business, but also those who create a city worth living in – the artists, the restauranteurs, the entrepreneurs, the entertainers, the risk-takers.
These influencers are the people who we are celebrating in this inaugural Dubai 100 list.
The people included in our list are influencing our lives in many different ways. Some are running the country’s biggest institutions – banks, hospitals, schools – and others are responsible for implementing Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision.
Of the dozens of entrepreneurs on our list, many have been in Dubai for decades, building up multi-million dollar private companies – or, in the case of Chaudary Abdul Hameed, creating such amazing food that his Ravi restaurants, while they may not make millions of dollars, have become an institution. Others have only been in business for a few years but are blazing a new path in their chosen industry and have already made significant impacts on residents’ lives.
Then there are the people who inspire us for their selfless work to improve society, and the entertainers and artists whose impressive skills are adding a just-as-important touch to life in Dubai.
The dozens of nationalities represented on our list illustrates the depth of this vibrant city; a city where almost anything is possible.
How we did it:
Influence is, of course, subjective. But we believe we have selected 100 people whose impact on the Dubai story cannot be disputed. As our list demonstrates, it takes people from all walks of life to create a city to be proud to live in.
We have chosen entries based on their position, the impact that their work has on the people living in Dubai, and their power to influence decisions and the population’s views. We have excluded members of the Dubai Royal Family and government ministers.
While not everyone will agree with such a list, we hope that it will be viewed as a celebration of the people who are helping to create the astonishing city of Dubai.
We have chosen to use the new Dubai font, released on May 1, for some of the text in this edition, in recognition of the fact the city is the first to have one.
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