By Andy Sambidge
COMING UP: The top 10 of our Power 100 rankings will be revealed at 1pm.
A major player in the English Premier League, a big hitter from the Middle East's media industry and the chairman of one of the UAE's biggest banks all feature in our penultimate Power 100 batch.
Counting down from 20-11, Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Mubarak, also CEO and managing director of Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala , narrowly misses out on a coveted top 10 place. To see the list so far, click here .
His career began as a sales-executive at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co – but the 34-year-old has seen staggering success since then. He is best known as chairman of Premier League club Manchester City, while he was also heavily involved in the inaugural Abu Dhabi F1 race last November.
As one of the region’s top media personalities, Khouri is now leading the advertising industry’s move into the digital arena, targeting social networking sites as “where the action will be".
He leads the operations of two leading communication planning agencies, OMD and PHD, as well as several specialist companies and units.
Another new entry in our list is UAE singer Hussein Al Jasmi who is ranked number 16.
A child prodigy, he has emerged to become one of the most popular singers in the Gulf, and as a result has powered into the top 20 in this year’s rankings.
Al Jasmi is blessed with a uniquely tender voice that began to charm audiences on UAE television from the age of seven. In 2007, the singer was honoured by King Hamad Al Khalifa, the ruler of Bahrain after performing a particularly patriotic song about the country.
Al Jasmi is also a poster boy for the slimming community, having shed an impressive 60kg.
Although this hasn’t been the greatest year for the world’s banking sector worldwide, Mashreq is still believed to be worth some $8bn.
Under Al Ghurair’s near-two decade watch, Mashreq Bank has acquired a reputation for firsts in the region while he is also a renowned charity man.