InPics: The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2016 - Retail, Energy & Construction

Welcome to CEO Middle East’s sixth annual list of the world’s most powerful Arab women — our yearly look at the most important female influencers across the Arab world.
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7 (#11 in 2015)
\nNayla Hayek
\nChairwoman
\nSwatch Group
\nSwitzerland/UAE (Lebanon)
\nRetail

\n\nNot only does Nayla Hayek head up the mammoth Swatch Group, which has a global workforce of nearly 40,000, she is also CEO of Harry Winston as well. Daughter of Swatch Group founder Nicolas Hayek, she has helped the firm diversify its revenues. She is the only chairwoman in Swiss corporate business, and is also a famed breeder of Arabian horses.
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9 (#10 in 2015)
\nZainab Mohammed
\nChief Property Management and Marketing Officer
\nwasl
\nUAE
\nProperty

\n\nWith a career spanning more than 14 years in the real estate sector, Zainab Mohammed has become recognised within the industry as a driving force behind Dubai’s growing property sector and a hugely influential figure who consistently creates growth and profit opportunities across all of her portfolios.\nAs chief property management & marketing officer at wasl properties, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management Group, a semi-government entity and one of the largest  property development and asset  management companies in the UAE,  Ms Mohammed leads  more  than 150 employees in more than 10 major  divisions.\nAs head of property management she oversees the management of 35,000 residential units and a total of 373 retail and commercial outlets in different projects across Dubai. 
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11 (#8 in 2015)
\nSalwa Idrissi Akhannouch
\nFounder
\nAkwa Group
\nMorocco
\nEnergy

\n\nSalwa Idrissi Akhannouch founded petroleum products distributor Akwa Group. And as the CEO of retail and luxury group Aksal, she also holds exclusive rights in Morocco to distribute various fashion brands such as Zara, Banana Republic and Gap, and has built an impressive real estate portfolio, including 50 per cent of Morocco Mall — Africa’s largest shopping centre, which attracts 15-million visitors each year.
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19 (#19 in 2015)
\nHuda Al Ghoson
\nExecutive director for human resources
\nSaudi Aramco
\nSaudi Arabia
\nEnergy

\n\nHuda Al Ghoson has spent 30 years working for the Middle East’s largest company, and has set the bar for other women looking to follow in her footsteps. As head of human resources for Saudi Aramco, she is responsible for the employment of some 60,000 workers.
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23 (#24 in 2015)
\nMajida Ali Rashid
\nAssistant director general
\nDubai Land Department
\nUAE
\nProperty

\n\nAs assistant director general of Dubai Land Department, and head of the Investment Management and Promotion Centre — the department’s investment arm — Majida Ali Rashid has played an important role in developing Dubai’s real estate sector and standing as an investment destination. During her tenure she has explored numerous opportunities for the promotion of Dubai, launching various schemes that have contributed to attracting global investment to Dubai’s real estate sector, while ensuring transparency in the market through a constant process \nof monitoring and policy.
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29 (#23 in 2015)
\nFatima Al Jaber
\nBoard member
\nAl Jaber Group
\nUAE

\nConstruction
\n\nNow sitting on the board of Al Jaber Group, as well as running the conglomerate’s projects committee, Fatima Al Jaber is one of the most prominent female executives in the Gulf. She was the first Emirati woman to be elected to the board of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce in 2009, and has had numerous other board positions in the public and private sectors.
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45 (#73 in 2015)
\nNermin Saad
\nEntrepreneur
\nSaudi Arabia
\nConstruction

\n\nThe idea for Nermin Saad’s business, Handasiyat.net, came when her husband took a job in Saudi Arabia.According to the qualified engineer, she found herself unable to work in the engineering field, forcing her to either “sit at home or change my career”. Taking her own experience into consideration, as well as that of her over-worked husband, Saad developed a virtual engineering office that has grown to work with many of Saudi Arabia’s top construction firms. Handasiyat.net aims to provide jobs for female engineers without having to upset the social boundaries within the workplace and physically mix the sexes. The online platform outsources work to women who can work from home, easing the load on the male employees, while allowing women to use the qualifications they had worked so hard to achieve.
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57 (#85 in 2015)
\nAmal Al Marri
\nEntrepreneur
\nUAE
\nRetail

\n\nAmal Al Marri co-founded SALT in the middle of 2014 and it has been a huge hit ever since, attracting thousands of customers, including members of the royal family who have become regulars at the vintage trailer which sells sliders and shakes. Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan and his family are often seen picking up a bite to eat, helping the restaurant to become one of the most talked-about new eateries in the region. With plans to take the SALT trailer to new locations and destinations, Al Marri’s stock is sure to rise very high very quickly.
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69 (#29 in 2015)
\nMuna Al Gurg
\nDirector of Retail
\nEasa Saleh Al Gurg Group
\nUAE
\nRetail

\n\nAn active member of Dubai’s business and non-profit community, Muna Al Gurg’s primary responsibility is towards her family business - the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group - a diversified international conglomerate formed by her father in Dubai in 1960. She is currently Director of Retail for the 56-year-old family business and responsible for strategy and operational development for the group’s international and local retail brands that include United Colours of Benetton, Siemens, Unilever and IDdesign.
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74 (#94 in 2015)
\nSara Akbar
\nCEO
\nKuwait Energy
\nKuwait
\nEnergy

\n\nHaving spent three decades in the oil and gas industry, Akbar is now affectionately known as ‘The Firefighting Lady’. She has long been hailed as one of the most highly regarded spokespeople in the industry, having started her career in 1981. The firefighter moniker stems from the important role she played in Kuwait’s oil production recovery efforts following the 1990 Iraqi invasion.
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89 (NEW)
\nNoor Al Qatami
\nCEO
\nAl Qatami Group
\nKuwait
\nRetail

\n\nUnder the group’s brand umbrella, Al Qatami looks after a supermarket as well as a variety of food and beverage outlets employing nearly 600 people.
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96 (#79 in 2015)
\nHind Seddiqi
\nJeweller
\nUAE
\nRetail

\n\nOne of the most powerful women in the jewellery industry, Hind Seddiqi is also a role model for Emirati women.