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Top 100 most powerful Arabs 2022

100 Most Powerful Arabs 2022

The past 12 months can best be described as a period of transition, with the global economy working its way to recovery. Economic highs and lows and geopolitical pressures persist, but it’s been an eventful period for those on our Arab Power List. Some have seen their fortunes rise while others have had to test their resilience to prove they are here to stay.

We have prolific business leaders and industry stalwarts sharing space with rising cultural icons and elite athletes on our list this year. They are joined by 17 new faces, including three women, who have stood out for their contribution to the field of diplomacy, medicine and space exploration. We also have the founders of a tech unicorn that has found its way to Nasdaq and other influential leaders who are contributing to strengthening the Arab world’s profile globally.

Read on to know more about the movers and shakers who’ve made it to our celebrated Gulf Business Arab Power List 2022.


Rank Name Title Origin Residence Industry
1 Yasir Al-Rumayyan Chairman, Aramco/Governor, PIF KSA KSA Diversified
2 Dr Sultan Al Jaber   Managing director and group CEO, ADNOC  UAE UAE Energy
3 HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum  Chairman and chief executive, Emirates Group/Chairman, Emirates NBD  UAE UAE Diversified
4 Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi President and CEO, QatarEnergy/Chairman and MD, Industries Qatar  Qatar Qatar Diversified
5 Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak Group CEO and managing director, Mubadala Investment Company UAE UAE Diversified
6 Amin Nasser President and CEO, Aramco KSA KSA Energy
7 Carlos Slim Helú Honorary chairman, America Movil Lebanon/Mexico  Mexico Telecoms
8 Mohamed Alabbar  Founder, Emaar/  UAE UAE Real Estate/Retail
9 Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri Chairwoman, UAE Space Agency UAE UAE Science and Technology
10 HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Chairman, Kingdom Holding Company KSA KSA Finance
11 Mohamed Al Hammadi Managing director and CEO, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation UAE UAE Energy
12 Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem Group chairman and CEO, DP World / Chairman, Virgin Hyperloop UAE UAE Logistics
13 Yousef Abdullah Al Benyan Vice chairman and CEO, SABIC KSA KSA Industry
14 Hassan Al Thawadi Secretary general, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy/Chairman, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qatar Qatar Sports
15 Reem Al Hashimy Director general, Expo 2020 Dubai UAE UAE Diversified
16 Mansoor Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud CEO, Qatar Investment Authority Qatar Qatar Finance
17 Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Chairman, Mashreq UAE UAE Finance
18 Abdulla Mubarak Al-Khalifa Group CEO, Qatar National Bank Qatar Qatar Finance
19 Hana Al Rostamani Group CEO, First Abu Dhabi Bank UAE UAE Finance
20 Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani Managing director, Investment Corporation of Dubai UAE UAE Finance
21 Lubna Suliman Olayan Chairperson, Saudi British Bank KSA KSA Finance
22 Sarah Al Suhaimi Chairperson, Saudi Tadawul Group KSA KSA Finance
23 Essa Kazim Governor, DIFC UAE UAE Finance
24 Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi/Aldar Properties UAE UAE Diversified
25 Fahd Hamidaddin CEO, Saudi Tourism Authority KSA KSA Tourism
26 HH Prince Naif bin Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer Chairman, Almarai Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia FMCG
27 Mohammad Saud Al-Osaimi Chief executive officer, Boursa Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Finance
28 Saeed bin Mohammed Al Ghamdi Managing director and CEO, Saudi National Bank KSA KSA Finance
29 Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg Vice chairperson and managing director, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group UAE UAE Diversified
30 Mohamed Salah Footballer, Liverpool FC Egypt UK Sports
31 Salem Humaid AlMarri Director general, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre UAE UAE Science and Technology
32 Elie Habib and Eddy Maroun Co-founders, Anghami Lebanon UAE Culture and Society
33 Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Chairperson, Qatar Museums Qatar Qatar Culture and Society
34 Fahad Al Mubarak Governor, Saudi Central Bank KSA KSA Finance
35 Helal Al Marri Director general, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism UAE UAE Diversified
36 Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel Chairman and CEO, Abdul Latif Jameel Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Diversified
37 Khalaf Al Habtoor Founding chairman, Al Habtoor Group UAE UAE Diversified
38 Mohammed Alshaya Executive chairman, Alshaya Group Kuwait Kuwait Retail
39 Nayla Hayek Chairperson, Swatch Group/CEO, Harry Winston Lebanese-Switzerland Switzerland Retail
40 Sheikh Sulaiman bin Abdulaziz Al Rajhi Co-founder, Al Rajhi Bank Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Finance
41 Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development UAE UAE Diversified
42 Olayan Mohammed Alwetaid Group CEO, stc Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Telecoms
43 Mohamed Mansour Founder and board member, Mansour Group Egypt Cairo Diversified
44 Bader Nasser Al-Kharafi Vice chairman and CEO, Zain Group Kuwait Kuwait Diversified
45 Murshed Al Redaini Group CEO, Yas Holding UAE UAE Diversified
46 Faisal Al Bannai Executive chairman, Edge Group UAE UAE Science and technology
47 Hatem Dowidar CEO, e& Egypt UAE Telecoms
48 Khalid Al Rumaihi CEO, Mumtalakat Bahrain Bahrain Finance
49 Karim Awad Group CEO and chairman of the Executive Committee, EFG Hermes Holding Egypt Egypt Finance
50 Mohammed bin Mahfoodh Alardhi Executive chairman, Investcorp Oman Oman Finance
51 Nassef Sawiris Executive chairman, OCI/co-owner, Aston Villa FC Egypt Egypt Industry/Sport
52 Jassim Alseddiqi Group CEO, Shuaa Capital UAE UAE Finance
53 Naguib Sawiris Managing director and CEO, Orascom Investment Holding Egypt Egypt Diversified
54 Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi Group CEO and managing director, Abu Dhabi Ports Group (AD Ports) UAE UAE Logistics
55 Akbar Al Baker Akbar Al Baker Group CEO, Qatar Airways Qatar Qatar Aviation
56 Hamad Buamim President and CEO, Dubai Chambers UAE UAE Diversified
57 Adel Ali Group CEO, Air Arabia Bahrain UAE Aviation
58 Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo Managing director and CEO, Ooredoo Qatar Qatar Telecoms
59 Mohammad A Baker Deputy chairman and CEO, GMG UAE UAE Retail
60 Kutayba Yusuf Alghanim Executive chairman, Alghanim Industries Kuwait Kuwait Diversified
61 Elie Saab Fashion designer Lebanon Lebanon Culture and Society
62 Mona Ataya Founder and CEO, Mumzworld Palestine UAE Retail
63 Ala’a Eraiqat Group CEO, ADCB UAE UAE Finance
64 Abdulla Jassem Kalban Managing director, Emirates Global Aluminium UAE UAE Industry
65 Hesham Al Qassim CEO, wasl Asset Management UAE UAE Real Estate
66 Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah Chairman, UAE Fatwa Council Mauritania UAE Culture and Society
67 Badr Jafar CEO, Crescent Enterprises UAE UAE Diversified
68 Suhail Salim Bahwan Chairman, Suhail Bahwan Group Oman Oman Diversified
69 Ghaith Al Ghaith CEO, flydubai UAE UAE Aviation
70 Shaikh Thani Bin Abdullah Al-Thani Founder, Ezdan Holding/Philanthropist Qatar Qatar Diversified
71 Mishal Kanoo Chairman, Kanoo Group Bahrain-UAE UAE Diversified
72 Issam Kazim CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) UAE UAE Tourism
73 Tarek Sultan CEO and vice chairman, Agility Kuwait Kuwait Logistics
74 Mazin Rashid Lamki CEO, Energy Development Oman Oman Oman Energy
75 Fadi Ghandour Executive chairman, Wamda/ co-founder, Aramex Jordan UAE Finance
76 Khaled Mohammed Balama Governor, Central Bank of the UAE UAE UAE Finance
77 DJ Khaled Musician Palestine US Culture and Society
78 Dr Amina Al Rostamani COO, AW Rostamani Group UAE UAE Diversified
79 Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Chairman and CEO, Fresh Del Monte Palestine US FMCG
80 Shaikha Al Bahar Deputy group CEO, National Bank of Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Finance
81 Ronaldo Mouchawar Co-founder, Vice president, Amazon MENA Syria UAE Retail
82 Hussain Sajwani Founder, Damac Properties UAE UAE Real Estate
83 Nora AlMatrooshi Astronaut UAE UAE Science and Technology
84 Munib Al Masri Chairman and founder, Edgo Group Palestine Palestine Diversified
85 Ons Jabeur Tennis player Tunisia Tunisia Sports
86 Juma Al Majid Founder, Juma Al Majid Group UAE UAE Diversified
87 Mona Almoayyed Managing director, Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons/Chairperson, Edbaa Bank Bahrain Bahrain Diversified
88 Othman Benjelloun Chairman and CEO, Bank of Africa Morocco Morocco Finance
89 Mohammed Al Amoudi Owner, MIDROC KSA-Ethiopia KSA Diversified
90 Huda Kattan Founder, Huda Beauty Iraq/ US UAE Culture and Society
91 Khalid Al Ameri and Salama Mohamed Social Media Influencers UAE UAE Culture and Society
92 Dr Farida Al Hosani Executive director - Communicable Diseases, Abu Dhabi Public Health Center UAE UAE Science and Technology
93 Lana Nusseibeh UAE Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations UAE UAE Diplomacy
94 Nezha Hayat Chairperson and CEO, Moroccan Capital Market Authority Morocco Morocco Finance
95 Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi Founder, Barjeel Art Foundation UAE UAE Culture and Society
96 Nour El Sherbini Squash player Egypt Egypt Sports
97 Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch Founder and CEO, Aksal Group Morocco Morocco Retail / Real estate
98 Rami Malek Actor Egypt/ US US Culture and Society
99 Amna Al Qubaisi Racing driver UAE UAE Sports
100 Amr Diab Singer Egypt Egypt Culture and Society


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