Sheikh Ahmed is highest ranked UAE star in Power 500

Emirates Airline boss takes second place

Emirates Airline chairman Sheikh Ahmed has been ranked second in the Power 500, the highest ranked UAE member - two places ahead of Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar, also from the UAE.

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed has topped the Arabian Business Power 500 for the ninth consecutive year.

The Kingdom Holding chairman took pole position in the Arabian Business annual countdown of the world’s most influential Arabs.

The Olympic double gold champion Mo Farah was the highest ranked new entry in third place. Twitter’s operations chief Mazen Rawashdeh was the second highest new entry at number five.

The top ten featured five new entries, with heart surgeon Daoud Hanania in eighth place, with Soros fund boss Abbas Zuwaiter at number ten.

The 2013 list featured a record 155 new entries, and also a record 118 women – the highest ranked being 12th place Sheikha Lubna.

The UAE accounted for most places on the list with 102 people based in the country, though ranked by origin, Saudi Arabia came top with 84 entries.

Banking and Finance dominated the list with 93 entries, followed by Culture & Society accounting for 73 entries.

See pictures of the world's most powerful Arabs here.

Ed Atwood, Editor of Arabian Business, said: “Once again we have produced what we believe to be the most comprehensive guide ever to Arab influence. We have Arabs living from a record 36 different countries making this year’s list, from all walks of life. This list is a celebration of the great work and contribution of Arabs all over the globe.”

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Posted by: Mr Gregory D'souza

Congrats HH Sh. Ahmed for the wounderful job done in the U.A.E. He has kept the country's flag flying high. I wish him all the best and may god be with him in all the good he does for the country. GOD BLESS YOU.

Posted by: Mohamed

A low profile HH, I didn't know about Sh. Ahmed until I landed here in UAE in 2003. First it was in the looks, I admired him for his typical Emirati look, handsome and charismatic, which increased many fold when I understood he is the man behind Emirates and Dubai Civil Aviation and its enviable growth. It is the trust and respect a man earns makes him more powerful than the wealth he earns, and HH Sh. Ahmed just earned that power when HH Sh. Mohammed appointed him as the Custodian of the Supreme Fiscal Committee of Dubai when the Emirate was going though its worst phase of economy. We can proudly say that Dubai is recovering now which makes HH Sh. Ahmed the most powerful, along with the Ruler we also trust him and respect him the most.

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