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Culture and society dominate female Arab power list

Sector accounts for 31% of most powerful Arab women

Culture and society dominate female Arab power list
HH Princess Ameerah, Vice Chairwoman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation.

The vast majority of women on 2013's Arab women's Power List  list, 31 percent, work in culture & society, followed by 19 percent from arts and entertainment.

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Media accounted for 12 percent of entries, with 10 percent coming from both construction and banking & finance. Just 5 percent came from science, with 4 percent working in government positions.

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

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.

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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.