By Staff writer
Welcome to the 2016 Arabian Business guide to the world's most influential young Arabs
With more than three quarters of the 350 million-strong population of the Arab world under the age of 40, this demographic, already a dominant force across the globe, will only become more influential each year.
For this reason, we began to keep track of the growing power of Arab youth last year, with our first ever such list. We have followed the same rules this year but uncovered dozens of new young stars across a plethora of sectors. We added to our already extensive Power List database by reaching out to contacts around the world to ensure we found even those so-far unsung heroes.
Our rules follow the same guidelines as last year. As with all of our lists, we do not include members of a royal family. We consider Arabs from every single country, and from all walks of life, not just business.
In the simplest terms, we define power as influence; the more people you influence, the more powerful you are. This can be done through, for example, helping thousands of people to find training or employment, being responsible for billions of dollars worth of projects, or being involved in areas that are or have the potential to influence huge numbers of people, such as science, activism or entrepreneurship. We also take into account other fields such as sports, arts and entertainment, where people have strong followings.
Power list researchers:
Ed Attwood, Courtney Trenwith, Neil Halligan, Sarah Townsend, Tamara Pupic, Thomas Shambler, Edward Liamzon, Anees Dayoub, Rasha Owais, Samer Batter.