By Staff writer
The most influential members of the Gulf’s largest expatriate community
It’s now been four years since Arabian Business published its first Indian Power List, the definitive guide to the most influential members of the Gulf’s largest expatriate community.
Take a stroll around any city in the GCC, and you’ll immediately see how important Indian expats have become to the social, economic and business fabric of the six Gulf states. In the UAE alone, an estimated 30 percent of the population is made up of non-resident Indians, making it the biggest nationality in the country. Altogether, 92 of the entries on the list are based in the UAE (with the majority of those in Dubai) reflecting not only the strength of the economy, but the ease with which Indian entrepreneurs have set up businesses in the country.
This list is not about money, although many of our entries have made a fortune during their time in the Gulf. It’s about culture, history and philanthropy as well. Taken as a whole, the Indian community has contributed enormously to the success of the Gulf’s collective economy, and it’s a relationship that has already stood the test of time.
How we compiled the list
Since the publication of our last Indian Power List, at around this time last year, our editorial team has continued to hunt for new names and refresh the profiles of existing list members — in the same way that we do for our Arab Power List — in our ongoing effort to define the Gulf’s most influential Indians.
We define power as influence. In its simplest terms, it is how much impact the actions of one person can have on the lives of others — the more impact, the more influence. We considered Indians from all walks of life — from philanthropy to industry, and from tech to transport.
Six months ago, our team of 13 researchers began the first of a series of meetings to whittle down the 1,100 names on our database. This figure came down to 250 in August, and we confirmed the final 200 by the beginning of this month.
The rankings from 11 to 100 were selected by the editorial voting team. For the first ten names, we first agreed on who those names should be. After this, the rankings were decided by a closed voting system — each member of the team ranked the ten in order of personal preference. Position one equals ten points, position two equals nine points, and so on — right down to one point for the person in position ten.
The total number of points was then taken for each name in the top ten, with the individual with the highest points assigned top position, second-highest gaining second, and so on.