Rank this year - 1 \n Rank last year - 1\n Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud\n Founder, Kingdom Holding\n KSA\n For the sixth consecutive year, Prince Alwaleed tops our power list, and once again it seems that nobody can get close. The world’s markets, not to mention business and political leaders, hang on his every word and action – while the Prince also continues to have a huge impact on the philanthropic stage, having made contributions to various causes topping $3bn. \n (Getty Images)\n
Rank this year - 2\n Rank last year - New Entry\n Dahi Khalfan Tamim\n Chief, Dubai Police\n UAE\n (Getty Images)
Rank this year - 4\n Rank last year - 2\n Mohammed Alabbar\n Chairman, Emaar Properties\n UAE\n Along with HRH Prince Alwaleed, Mohammed Alabbar is the only individual to have appeared in the top ten of our Power List every year since its inception in 2004. And the last twelve months have seen Alabbar dubbed 'the man who delivers' — largely because of the opening of Burj Khalifa.
Rank this year: 7\n Rank last year: New Entry\n Hassan Shehata\n Football coach\n Egypt\n Unsurprisingly for a man known as El Me’alem (the master) and El Embrator (the emperor), the record of Egypt football coach Hassan Shehata speaks for itself. Once a prolific centre-forward for Zamalek, Shehata now glowers intimidatingly from the sidelines at Egypt games; a strategy that has sparked an upturn in the team’s fortunes.\n
Rank this year: 8 \n Rank last year: 87\n Adel Ali\n Founder, Air Arabia\n Bahrain\n He has become the Gulf’s answer to Stelios Haji-Ioannou — the man who brought low cost air travel to the masses. The huge expansion in the industry, led by his company Air Arabia, sees Ali become the biggest mover in this year’s Power List.
Rank this year 9 \n Rank last year 27\n Fadi Ghandour\n Founder and CEO, Aramex\n Jordan\n Fadi Ghandour is founder and CEO of Aramex International, a position he has held for the past 26 years. Aramex, one of the leading logistics and transportation companies in the Middle East and South Asia, was the first company from the Arab world to go public on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. After five years of successful trading on it, Aramex returned to private ownership and, in June 2005, went public again on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM).