It is becoming more of a tradition for the United Arab Emirates to make the news all over for its thriving economy, successful strategies, crazy real estate projects, powerful businessmen and tallest buildings amongst others. But the UAE story you don’t hear much about is the success it has been having when it comes to its female icons. The United Arab Emirates, for a fact, has one of the most educated female population globally, and its women are no doubt some of the most brilliant and active female figures in the Arab world. But for the skeptics, Forbes Middle East finally settled the argument when it published its listing for the most powerful Arab women, and guess what?
Yup, the UAE is right on top!
Out of the three categories in the 200 most powerful Arab women in the Middle East, the UAE won first position in two, with Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister for International Cooperation and Development topping off the Government category, and Raja Easa Al Gurg, managing director of UAE-based Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group taking on the family business category.
Out of 200 names, the UAE had a huge share with 26 nationals featured across the 3 categories, adding another layer of prestige to the nations’ successful vision to invest in its human capital, and empower women across all industries and sectors.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia also made a big impression, with Egypt raffling the highest representation, followed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This speaks to the growing interest of women in the MENA region in business and government, and a standing ovation to the successful efforts of the Gulf states to give women all the means necessary to stand out and shine.
Check the Forbes Middle East 2014 listing here!
Photo Credit: Government of Dubai Media Office