COVER STORY

We profile the World’s 50 most influential Arabs

The Middle Eastpresents it’s 2012 listing of the 50 most influential Arabs in the region and the world, as voted for by a selected group of our subscribers, individual reader’s votes and an independent panel of academics; writers and artists; businessmen and women; bankers, financiers and decision makers. Our listing for 2012 brings into focus-in complete random order- those Arabs who have bought their skills and talents, wisdom and expertise to bear in raising the international profile of the Middle east region across the globe.

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HRH Prince Alwaleed Alsaud (Entrepreneur, philanthropist, social reformer and businessman-Real estate and stock market)

Tawakkul Karman (Nobel Peace Prize winner)

Bahder Abdullah Al Darwish (Businessman- Retail, real estate and business services)

Rashad Bin Muhammad Al Zubair (Businessman-Banking and founder of the Bait Al Zubair Museum)

Raja Easa Al Gurg (Businesswoman-Retail, real estate, tobacco and Head of her own charitable foundation)

HH Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel (Philanthropist)

Dr Amina Al Rustamani (Businesswoman – Telecomunications)

Issad Rebrab (Businessman- Agriculture, energy, auto industry)

Miloud Chaabi (Businessman-Retail and hotels and philanthropist)

Omar Hamad Almana (Businessman-Food and Drink, real estate, auto industry)

Ahdaf Soueif (Novelist)

Said Khoury (Businessman-Construction and Governor of the Arab Monetary Fund)

Shafik Gabr (Businessman-Investment and development and member of the Initiative for Peace and Cooperation in the Middle East)

Sultan Ali Al Jaber (Businessman- Energy)

Wadah Khanfar (Head of Al Jazeera)

Zaha Hadid (Architect)

Lubna Olayan (Businesswoman-Finance, and women’s rights spokesperson)

Nabil El Araby (Diplomat)

Fawzi Ahmed Kanoo (Businessman-Shipping and finance)

Shekh Mohammed Bin Isser Al Jaber (Businessman- Hotels, commodities, and founder of the London Middle East Institute)

Adel Ali (Businessman- Aviation)

Muna AbuSulayman (Media personality and UN goodwill ambassador)

Elie Saab (Fashion designer)

Mohammed Alabbar (Businessman-Real estate)

Wael Ghonim (Google’s head of marketing in the Middle East, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, political activist)

Suad al Humaidi (Businesswoman- Finance, retail and real estate

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan SAl Qasimi (Minister of Foreign Trade UAE and Businesswoman-online and digital)

Mohamed Latif Jameel (Businessman-Real estate, finance, electronics and automobile dealerships, philanthropist)

Fadi Ghandour (Businessman-shipping, online and digital)

Othman Benjelloun (Chairman of BMCE Bank)

Ali bin Ibrahim Al Naimi (Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources)

Dr Nasser Al Saidi (Economist)

Souhayr Belhassen (Human rights activist and author)

Hana Al Shaykh (Author)

Abdel Hamid A. Shoman (Businessman-banking and finance)

Nawal El Saadawi (Author, playwright, doctor, political activist)

Majid Al Futtaim (Businessman-Retail and real estate)

Feisal Abdul (Imam of New York City’s Masjid Al Farah Mosque and social reformer)

Khalaf Al Habtoor (Businessman- Insurance and reinsurance, founder of the Arab Cultural Awards)

Dr Muhammed Sulaiman Al Jasser (Vice Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency)

Mohamed Alshaya (Businessman- Construction, retail, hotels and media)

Adnan Ahmed Yousif (Businessman-Banking and finance)

Abd Al Bari Atwan (Journalist, commentator and editor in chief of Al Quds Al arabi)

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair (Businessman-banking, real estate, retail and philanthropist)

Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser bin Khalid Al Thani (Businesswoman-banking and finance and women’s rights activist)

Amr Al Dabbagh (Governor of SAGIA and founder of the Jeddah Economic Forum)

Ibrahim Dabdoub (Chairman of the Arab council)

Tariq Ramadan (Philosopher, television presenter, writer and poet)

Sultan Soud Al Qassemi (Businessman and Journalist)

Sulaiman Al Rhaji (Chairman of Al Radjhi Bank and Philanthropist)