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REVEALED: 100 most powerful Arab women 2013

UAE’s Minister for Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna tops list for third-year running

REVEALED: 100 most powerful Arab women 2013

UAE Minister for Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has topped the list of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women, published on Monday by CEO Middle East.

See the complete Arabian Business list of the 100 most powerful Arab women in the world today

It was Sheikha Lubna’s third successive year in pole position, with her taking the spot just above Saudi Arabia’s Lubna Olayan.  HH Princess Ameerah, vice chairwoman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, was ranked third, with Iraqi born architect Zaha Hadid in fourth place.

Construction boss Fatima Al Jaber was fifth.

The highest new entry was sixth place Sheikha Maha Mansour Salman Jasim Al Thani, who made history by becoming Qatar’s first ever female judge. She is one of two new entries in the top ten alone, with UAE Federal National Council First deputy speaker Amal Al Qubasi in seventh place.

The UAE accounted for a record number of places on the 2013 list, with 20 women originally from the UAE, with 24 now based in the country. Saudi Arabia accounted for 14 entries with Lebanon coming third with 13.

Browse the gallery of the 100 most powerful Arab women in the world

A majority of women on the list, 31 percent, work in culture & society, followed by 19 percent from arts and entertainment.

Dr Joe McDonough 6 years ago

It's time for Oman to appoint it's first female judge. There are lots of great candidates.

Marleen Vermeulen 6 years ago

Congratulations to all these women! I am not envious. I am just wondering which one of them is willing to help another woman set up a small business in the UAE, offering management assistant support to one-woman companies, SME's, etc. and thus enhancing the overall business environment? All I need is a small investment or a big company to partner up with.

Thank you for your consideration and best regards,
Marleen

Zaib 6 years ago

congrats to all arab women..

Ebrahim 6 years ago

I am not happy with the list as Musicians & actresses are placed way ahead of more interlectually gifted women.In my humble opinion i feel a workoholic inspirational lady like Muna Abusulayman with all her contributions to the upliftment of women's issues ;rights ; achievements etc as well juggling a career & a single mum doing so much should be placed in the Top Ten.Besides been successful in whatever she attempts she is also extremely beautiful.

Shermin Shali 6 years ago

Congratulations to all. Its really inspiring!!!

procan 6 years ago

How about list of Business Women .After all AB is about Business.

jay 6 years ago

ANOTHER LIST ANOTHER INACCURATE LIST AS IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FEMALE ROYALS SO STOP PRODUCING THE LISTS AND FOCUS ON REAL NEWS I DONT CARE WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEY DO LET THEM STAND WITH ALL PEOPLE ON THIER ABILITY THE LIST WONT CHANGE THE FACT THAT THEY PAY TINY WAGES TO MAIDS CLEANERS ETC IF WE MUST HAVE A LIST LETS HAVE ONE ON WHICH aRAB COUNTRIES HAVE THE LOWEST MINIMUM WAGE OR WHO HAS MOST MAIDS AND DRIVER PER HEAD OF POPULATION AND RID THE MIDDLE EAST OF THE MODERN SLAVERY
THIS WONT GET PRINTED CAUSE IT OFFENDS THE DECISION MAKERS

ALI 6 years ago

SAYS WHO?

Shurouq 6 years ago

Another typical comment from an Indian - if this is not published then AB is not being fair where Jay get to insult Arabs and it is published, but when I say Indian it won't get published!

Kaz 6 years ago

And yet another list from AB - Quelle surprise!!!!