Welcome to the first Arabian Business Saudi Power List - our guide to the kingdom’s most influential movers and shakers.
As the rest of the planet, from emerging to traditional markets, teeters on the brink of recession, the mood has never been more positive in Saudi Arabia. A high oil price has swelled the kingdom’s coffers, and government spending on infrastructure and social development is at its highest for decades.
So who are the men and women driving Saudi Arabia today? Over the past six months, our team of researchers has been hard at work examining the work of Saudis, both at home and abroad. We have looked at men and women from every sector, from banking to construction, from transport to energy and from art to industry.
Over the next pages, find out which personalities are making the biggest contributions to Saudi society. If you are interested in doing business in Saudi Arabia, then this list is a timely reminder of who you need to know in order to get your message across.
Coming tomorrow... The world's most powerful Saudis positions 51-100