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Sheikha Lubna tops female power list

UAE Minister of Foreign Trade takes top position in exclusive countdown of the world's 100 most influential Arab women

Sheikha Lubna tops female power list

UAE Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna is the world’s most powerful female Arab, according to a new list published by CEO Middle East.

Sheikha Lubna, according to the magazine, “has been challenging traditional opinions about women in business ever since she developed a system that reduced cargo turnaround at Dubai Ports Authority from one hour to ten minutes.”

She  also sits on board of directors for Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry amongst many others and is on the board of directors (honorary) for the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce.

The Emirati was placed just ahead of Saudi Arabia’s Lubna Olayan, boss of Olayan Financing, with another Emirati, Salma Hareb – CEO of JAFZA – in third place.

The head of the Alwaleed Foundation in Lebanon, Leila El Solh, was ranked fourth, while Dalia Mogahed, an advisor to President Obama, came in at fifth.

The list examined the influence of Arab women across the globe across all sectors, including business, science, media, sports, academia and entertainment.

To read the full 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2011 list, click here

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Azeem Naina 9 years ago


I'm wondering why there is no mentioning of HH Sheikha Fathima Bint Mubarak Al Nahyan of UAE who is a visionary for the aspiring UAE women and Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar for her achievement in the academic developments.

Nigel Bradford 9 years ago

I agree with Azeem! Where is Randa Ayoub for her work in creating an international film animation sector in Jordan??

What was the criteria for selection on the list?

Ishraq Al-Sadhan 8 years ago

So is Nancy Ajram and Rima Fakih more powerful than Dr. Hayat Sindi nowadays? Unbelievable.