By Andy Sambidge
COMING UP: The Power 100 rankings from 80-61 will be revealed at 9am.
New entries in the lower reaches of the Arabian Business Power 100 include an Omani female motorcyclist, a Saudi journalist, an Egyptian professor and the man in charge of English Premier League football from next season.
A new entry in the list at 91 is Karim Sarkis, the head of broadcast, Abu Dhabi Media Company . The Lebanese businessman has recently announced plans to launch Premier League TV, a new channel available in HD, produced in English and broadcast from London.
The deal is part of ADMC’s deal to screen three seasons of the EPL and will give football fans in the region access to all 380 matches.
Saudi journalist Sabria Jawhar is ranked 94th in our list . Named as one of the kingdom’s top female journalists, Jawah’s work has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Saudi Gazette and Arabisto.com. She was one of only a few female journalists to actively cover the terror attacks in Saudi from 2003 to 2006.
Funny and direct, Jawah’s ‘Out of the Box’ blog has tackled topics ranging from terrorism to women’s rights, by way of airport screenings, AIDS and Switzerland’s Minaret ban.
Professor Ahmed Kamal Abul Magd, from Egypt, is at number 99 in the Power 100 .
Abul Magd has been described as one of “the nation’s most widely-published experts on Islam” and in his book ‘Islam Without Fear’ author Raymond William Baker lists Abdul Magd among “some as the most influential Islamic scholars in the world today".
He is a constitutional lawyer by trade and is currently a professor of international law at the Cairo University.
In at number 85 is Nashwa Al Kindi, the only licensed female motorcyclist in Oman who is something of a rebel in her home country.
The 27-year-old cyclist bought her first bike, a 650cc Yamaha, in 2008, thirteen years after her father refused to buy her a motorbike.
Now a year after passing her test she plans to launch her very own all female bikers club to encourage other women to take up the sport.
Fayez Al Maliki will always be the star of the first Saudi movie screened in the Kingdom in more than three decades. And for that piece of history, he still slots in at number 100.