In our countdown from 40-21 , we have one of the region's top retailers, a successful international football coach, a sex author and an Egyptian scientist.
Mohammed Alshaya , executive chairman of Kuwait-based MH Alshaya Co, is one of our most significant climbers this year, jumping 18 places to 22nd.
Whatever you do this weekend, you are likely to come across one of Alshaya’s ventures, which include Starbuck’s, H&M and Debenhams.
Today, his retail empire owns and operates more than 1,700 franchise stores in 16 countries employing 18,000 people from 35 nationalities and is worth around $2bn.
A new entry at number 40 is Rabah Saadane, the football coach of Algeria. When he took the role of Algerian coach in 2007, his fifth time at the helm, he pledged to steer the national team to the World Cup in 2010.
True to form, this summer Algeria will be the only Arab country fielding a team in the World Cup in South Africa - its first appearance since Saadane led the team in Mexico in 1986.
The Emirati social worker rose to prominence last year when her book on sexual education became a bestseller. The 221-page book, entitled “Top Secret: Sexual Guidance for Married Couples,” was first published in Arabic but is set to be released in English.
Lootah has worked as a marital counsellor in the Family Guidance section in the Dubai Courthouse for nearly 10 years and self financed the publication of the book.
In the list at number 27 is Ahmed Zewail, a scientist from Egypt who has netted awards such as the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Tolman Medal and Egypt’s highest state honour, the Grand Collar of the Nile.
Little wonder then, that US President Barack Obama has snared him as a scientific advisor. Backed by the White House, Zewali last year became America’s first science envoy, visiting Muslim-majority countries to promote the sciences.
Two places higher is another new entry in Zaghloul El Naggar, a scholar from Egypt.
Cairo-based Zaghloul El Naggar is recognised as perhaps the most prominent scholar on scientific facts as revealed by the Quran.
A professor of earth science and geology by trade, El Naggar believes that his scientific background and experience complements rather than distorts his strong religious beliefs. As a result, he has become something of a television sensation.
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