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UAE Minister for Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has topped the list of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women, published on Monday by CEO Middle East.

See the complete Arabian Business list of the 100 most powerful Arab women in the world today

It was Sheikha Lubna’s third successive year in pole position, with her taking the spot just above Saudi Arabia’s Lubna Olayan.  HH Princess Ameerah, vice chairwoman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, was ranked third, with Iraqi born architect Zaha Hadid in fourth place.

Construction boss Fatima Al Jaber was fifth.

The highest new entry was sixth place Sheikha Maha Mansour Salman Jasim Al Thani, who made history by becoming Qatar’s first ever female judge. She is one of two new entries in the top ten alone, with UAE Federal National Council First deputy speaker Amal Al Qubasi in seventh place.

The UAE accounted for a record number of places on the 2013 list, with 20 women originally from the UAE, with 24 now based in the country. Saudi Arabia accounted for 14 entries with Lebanon coming third with 13.

Browse the gallery of the 100 most powerful Arab women in the world

A majority of women on the list, 31 percent, work in culture & society, followed by 19 percent from arts and entertainment.

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Posted by: Bint Omar

The website is called Arabian Business. I think it would be more appropriate if you only rank women who are IN business. Singers and artists (if you wish to have them included) can have a list of their own. Its a shame to see singers amongst business leaders. just a small comment to make your efforts more credible. all the best!

Posted by: The truthful person

Highly amused by this list. Daddy owns the company so therefore that makes me powerful....These ladies need to be struck off. Numbers 54 and 69 in particular. 54 should not be on the list since she left daddys company and her daddy is no longer CEO....as for 69.......hmm!

Posted by: Kaz

And yet another list from AB - Quelle surprise!!!!

Posted by: ALI

SAYS WHO?

Posted by: jay

ANOTHER LIST ANOTHER INACCURATE LIST AS IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FEMALE ROYALS SO STOP PRODUCING THE LISTS AND FOCUS ON REAL NEWS I DONT CARE WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEY DO LET THEM STAND WITH ALL PEOPLE ON THIER ABILITY THE LIST WONT CHANGE THE FACT THAT THEY PAY TINY WAGES TO MAIDS CLEANERS ETC IF WE MUST HAVE A LIST LETS HAVE ONE ON WHICH aRAB COUNTRIES HAVE THE LOWEST MINIMUM WAGE OR WHO HAS MOST MAIDS AND DRIVER PER HEAD OF POPULATION AND RID THE MIDDLE EAST OF THE MODERN SLAVERY
THIS WONT GET PRINTED CAUSE IT OFFENDS THE DECISION MAKERS

Posted by: Mohannad

Jay if you dont like our countries, you are always most welcome to leave!! Our countries (ARAB countries) is what made most people realize their dreams, you are talking about min. wage for maids and drivers, are you for real, if these people were satisfied with their wages at their homes they could have stayed there or if there is a better country (wage wise) they could have went there! so quit wining! if we for an instance compare the indian driver's wage to an equivalent one in India, he would be taking the same salary as a top government official! personally my driver which I admired, through his years in UAE had managed to build a big house with a decent farm around it in his town! a dream most arabs spend their lifetime trying to accomplish!! so please be quiet and thank god that you live in our countries because if you were in yours you would be barely living!! and you are always welcome to leave if you dont like it!!

Posted by: Shurouq

Another typical comment from an Indian - if this is not published then AB is not being fair where Jay get to insult Arabs and it is published, but when I say Indian it won't get published!

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