Nadia Zaal (above) is undoubtedly among the UAE’s most influential names in the field of real estate. Having come from a family of property developers, she started her career working for the Al Barari master development in Dubailand. Al Barari’s projects include The Nest, Ashjar, and Seventh Heaven. The Nest includes 55 four-bedroom villas, Ashjar comprises 120 one- to three-bedroom apartments, and Seventh Heaven features 157 one- to four-bedroom units. She also co-founded Abu Dhabi-based luxury real estate developer Zaya, known largely for niche project Nurai Island. Zaal also led the initial public offering for the Abu Dhabi Energy Company and sat on the board of the Taweelah Asia Power Company.