These days, there is much talk about smart cities and smart economies, so we decided it was time to discover the people contributing to those notions.
It takes all sections of society to create a successful country and the men and women highlighted in this alphabetical guide excel in so many facets of life – business, media, fashion, sport, medicine, science, activism, and so on.
Some have set new standards, others have been the first to achieve their remarkable goals. They have all put in a significant amount of hard work.
A large number of nationalities are represented - illustrative of the diverse nature of the UAE, as well as the opportunities that lie in this country, where millions have flocked to pursue their goals.
We have again excluded members of the government and ruling families.
This is the first time we have collated a guide to the 100 smartest people in the UAE, and we know we will not have included everyone. So we are asking you to let us know who you think should be highlighted in the next version.
Please send suggestions to Editorial_AB@itp.com.
How we did it:
There is less subjectivity in assessing whether or not someone is smart. The very fact their name is included in such a discussion typically demonstrates that they have done something that most of the rest of us have not, or they have done it better.
But we had to, firstly, trim this list down to 100, so from a long list, we assessed the candidates based on the uniqueness of their work and its impact on the community — and in some cases, the world.
The most difficult part was attempting to put them in some kind of order for you to read. How do you rank the intelligence of someone who has started a successful business against an artist or a woman with the courage to launch an international festival? You can’t. So we didn’t.
Instead, we have published the list in alphabetical order.
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