40 and Under: the Most Influential Young Arabs in the Middle East
Ali Mostafa

Industry: Entertainment and media

Designation: Film director

Country: United Arab Emirates

Age: 36

Country of residence: United Arab Emirates

Ali Mostafa’s 2009 Dubai film, ‘City of Life’, was released in the same weekend as ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Clash of the Titans’ and yet ended up second in the box office. The film broke stereotypes of ‘Dubai the Disneyland’ and gave a more accurate account of the city Mostafa knew and grew up in. Years later, Mostafa has directed several more successful releases, including road-trip comedy ‘A to B’ and horror feature film ‘The Worthy’, a post-apocalyptic survival thriller. His production company AFM Films continues to direct movies as well as commercials for international brands such as Land Rover and Etihad Airways.