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Rank this year - 1 \nRank last year - 1\nPrince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud\nFounder, Kingdom Holding\nKSA\nFor the sixth consecutive year, Prince Alwaleed tops our power list, and once again it seems that nobody can get close. The world’s markets, not to mention business and political leaders, hang on his every word and action – while the Prince also continues to have a huge impact on the philanthropic stage, having made contributions to various causes topping $3bn. \n(Getty Images)\n
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Rank this year - 2\nRank last year - New Entry\nDahi Khalfan Tamim\nChief, Dubai Police\nUAE\n(Getty Images)
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Rank this year - 4\nRank last year - 2\nMohammed Alabbar\nChairman, Emaar Properties\nUAE\nAlong with HRH Prince Alwaleed, Mohammed Alabbar is the only individual to have appeared in the top ten of our Power List every year since its inception in 2004. And the last twelve months have seen Alabbar dubbed 'the man who delivers' — largely because of the opening of Burj Khalifa.
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Rank this year: 7\nRank last year: New Entry\nHassan Shehata\nFootball coach\nEgypt\nUnsurprisingly for a man known as El Me’alem (the master) and El Embrator (the emperor), the record of Egypt football coach Hassan Shehata speaks for itself. Once a prolific centre-forward for Zamalek, Shehata now glowers intimidatingly from the sidelines at Egypt games; a strategy that has sparked an upturn in the team’s fortunes.\n
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Rank this year: 8 \nRank last year: 87\nAdel Ali\nFounder, Air Arabia\nBahrain\nHe has become the Gulf’s answer to Stelios Haji-Ioannou — the man who brought low cost air travel to the masses. The huge expansion in the industry, led by his company Air Arabia, sees Ali become the biggest mover in this year’s Power List.
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Rank this year 9 \nRank last year 27\nFadi Ghandour\nFounder and CEO, Aramex\nJordan\nFadi Ghandour is founder and CEO of Aramex International, a position he has held for the past 26 years. Aramex, one of the leading logistics and transportation companies in the Middle East and South Asia, was the first company from the Arab world to go public on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. After five years of successful trading on it, Aramex returned to private ownership and, in June 2005, went public again on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM).