The first ever Indian Power List aims to celebrate the Indian community’s highest achievers in the Gulf.
India’s relationship with the GCC is a long one – labourers from India played a major part in building the cities of the Gulf, and today more and more it is Indians who are peopling the boardrooms of the region’s top companies and banks.
The retail sector is where the majority of the 100 Indians we believe are the most powerful in the Gulf made their fortunes, but the list is a good reflection of the diversity of the roles Indians play in daily life in this part of the world.
The contribution of Indian nationals to progress in the Gulf is massive - in healthcare, in the arts, in construction and engineering, in hospitality – and it is perhaps a little shameful that it has taken us this long to properly recognise the high-fliers with a list.
We have tried enormously hard to make sure the names on the list are the right ones, and we feel sure that all of them are deserving of their place.
That said, we do not claim that the list is definitive – it is a first attempt and in the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries there will almost certainly be names we have missed.
Please feel free to put us right – the more names we can collect the more competition for a place on next year’s list.
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