The 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.

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.

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.

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

Several Lebanese names came in the list including Minister Leila El Solh, the legendary Fairouz, and Nadine Labaki.

 The Full List:

1Sheikha Lubna Al QasimiGovernmentUAE
2Lubna OlayanBanking and financeSaudi Arabia
3Princess Ameerah Al TaweelCulture and societySaudi Arabia
4Zaha HadidConstructionIraq
5Fatima Al JaberConstruction and industryUAE
6Sheikha Maha Mansour Salman Jasim Al ThaniCulture and societyQatar
7Amal Al QubaisiGovernmentUAE
8Nayla HayekRetailLebanon
9Mona Al MunajjedCulture and societySaudi Arabia
10Suad Al HumaidiBanking and financeKuwait
11Tawakkul KarmanCulture and SocietyYemen
12YousraArts and entertainmentEgypt
13Amina Al RustamaniMediaUAE
14Leila El SolhCulture and societyLebanon
15Fatema MernissiArts and entertainmentMorocco
16Sheikha Hessa Bint Saad Abdullah Salem Al SabahCulture and societyKuwait
17Badriya Al BishrMediaSaudi Arabia
18Mona Al MarriMediaUAE
19Bahia Al JishiCulture and societyBahrain
20Hessa Al JaberIT and TelecomsQatar
21Sheikha Al BaharBanking and financeKuwait
22Haifa Al MansourArts and entertainmentSaudi Arabia
23Randa AyoubiMediaJordan
24Hayat SindiScienceSaudi Arabia
25Raja Easa Saleh Al GurgConstruction and industryUAE
26Thoraya Ahmed ObaidCulture and societySaudi Arabia
27Nahed TaherBanking and financeSaudi Arabia
28Dr Samia Al AmoudiScienceSaudi Arabia
29Salma HarebTransportUAE
30Mona EltahawyMediaEgypt
31FairouzArts and entertainmentLebanon
32Nisreen ShocairRetailUAE
33Nayla Al KhajaArts and entertainmentUAE
34Maha Al GhunaimBanking and financeKuwait
35Manahel ThabetScienceUAE
36Hala GoraniMediaSyria
37Raja Ben SlamaCulture and societyTunisia
38Jouhayna SamawiArts and entertainmentSyria
39Nadine LabakiArts and entertainmentLebanon
40Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser Al ThaniBanking and financeQatar
41Nancy AjramArts and entertainmentLebanon
42ElissaArts and entertainmentLebanon
43Khawla Al KhurayaScienceSaudi Arabia
44Donna SultanConstruction and industryKuwait
45Khadija Al SalamiArts and entertainmentYemen
46Anissa HelouCulture and societyLebanon/Syria
47Nawara NegmMediaEgypt
48Kholoud Ahmed Al DhaheriCulture and societyUAE
49Cyrine AbdelnourArts and entertainmentLebanon
50Noura Al KaabiMediaUAE
51Samar MezghaniCulture and societyTunisia
52Buthaina Al AnsariCulture and societyQatar
53Hind SeddiqiRetailUAE
54Noor SweidConstruction and industryUAE
55Rola DashtiGovernmentKuwait
56Najwa KaramArts and entertainmentLebanon
57Wafa Al RimiConstruction and industryYemen
58Sara AkbarConstruction and industryKuwait
59Manal Al SharifCulture and societySaudi Arabia
60Maryam MatarScienceUAE
61Sarah ShuhailCulture and societyUAE
62Zainab SalbiCulture and societyIraq
63Maha HussainConstruction and IndustryKuwait
64Nashwa Al RuwainiMediaUAE
65Sulafa MemarArts and entertainmentSyria
66Octavia NasrMediaLebanon
67Soraya SaltiCulture and societyJordan
68Khadija Ben GannaMediaAlgeria
69Zeina TabariConstruction and industryUAE
70Ingie ChalhoubRetailUAE
71Haifa KaylaniCulture and societyPalestine
72Sulaf FawakherjiArt and entertainmentSyria
73Mona KazindarCulture and societySaudi Arabia
74Mona AlmoayyedCulture and societyBahrain
75Yasmina AzhariTransportSyria
76Wedad LootahCulture and societyUAE
77Nawal Al SaadawiCulture and societyEgypt
78Riham Fouad Al GhanimBanking and financeKuwait
79Afnan Al ZayaniCulture and societyBahrain
80Nashwa TaherConstruction and industrySaudi Arabia
81Mona BawarshiTransportLebanon
82Sahar Mohamed Ali El SallabBanking and financeEgypt
83Shadia MansourArts and entertainmentPalestine
84Assila Zaher Al HarthyBanking and financeOman
85Lama Al SulaimanGovernmentSaudi Arabia
86Dalia MogahedCulture and societyEgypt
87Muna AbusulaymanCulture and societySaudi Arabia
88Ghosson Al KhaledConstruction and industryKuwait
89Hend SabriCulture and societyTunisia
90Christine SfeirRetailLebanon
91AhlamArts and entertainmentUAE
92Lulwa Al AwadhiCulture and societyBahrain
93Lina Ben MhenniCulture and societyTunisia
94Faten Al NaqeebCulture and societyKuwait
95Ebtisam AbdulazizArts and entertainmentUAE
96Annemarie JacirArts and entertainmentPalestine
97Zina YazjiMediaSyria
98Amira YahyaouiCulture and societyAlgeria
99Joelle MardinianArts and entertainmentUAE
100Kholoud FaqihCulture and societyPalestine