The Three Arab Women on Forbes’ List of 100 Most Powerful Women 2017

Three Arab women made it to the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful women for 2017. The business magazine described them as this year’s “icons, game-changers and gate crashers.”

For our today’s profile, we are pleased to introduce you to these three awesome women of substance:

#1.Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi (UAE)

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Sheikha Lubna came at number 36 in the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. She was previously the Minister of State for International Cooperation and Minister of Economic and Planning of the UAE. Currently the Minister of State for Tolerance, she is working hard to establish a diverse and prosperous atmosphere in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the international community at large. She became the first woman to ever hold a cabinet ministerial post in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi is also a member of the ruling family of Sharjah, and the niece of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the California State University, Chico. She also obtained an Executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah. She got an honorary doctorate of science from California State University, Chico. She was appointed president of Zayed University in March, 2014.

She was listed 43rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2016. She is currently ranked at number 36 on the Forbes list of most powerful women in the world, which gets her ahead of many influential figures on the globe such as singer Beyoncé who came at number 50, politician Hilary Clinton who came at number 65, singer Taylor Swift who came at number 85, and author J.K Rowling-the brains behind the Harry Potter chronicles who came at number 88.

#2. Lubna Suliman Olayan (Saudi Arabia)

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Lubna Suliman was number 59 in the Forbes list. She was born on August 4th, 1955. She is the daughter of Suliman Olayan and Maryam bint Jassim Al Abdulwahab. Lubna Suliman Olayan is a successful Saudi business woman and is acknowledged as one of the most influential businesswomen in the world. She is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Olayan Financing. Olayan Financing holds stocks in a wide range of franchises in the Middle East. She shows great support and encouragement to the women of Saudi Arabia and motivates them to work. According to Forbes, her company has 540 female employees. She also co-chaired the Saudi-US CEO Forum.

She was listed by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people of 2005; she continued to be on the Forbes list of world’s most powerful women in the world until 2011 and returned to the list in 2014.

Olayan became the first woman in the history of Saudi Arabia to deliver an opening keynote address at a major conference in 2004 at the Jeddah Economic Forum. She was listed the 86th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2014.

Olayan is currently the 59th most powerful woman in the world, as of 2017.

#3. Raja Easa Al Gurg (UAE)


Raja Easa came in at number 90 on Forbes list. She is a successful businesswoman who lives in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She is the managing director of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group. Raja Easa Al Gurg is also a Board Member of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In addition, she is the president of Dubai’s Business Women Council.

In 2012, she was listed as the 5th most powerful Arab woman by Raja Al Gurg was awarded the 2011 Woman of the Year Award during the Third Middle East Women Achievement Awards in 2011.

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