Arabian Business recently revealed its top 100 most powerful Arabs - choosing from an initial shortlist of over 1200 names - with the top 100 results including prolific females such as Zaha Hadid and Samia Halaby, world-renowned musicians Amr Diab and Nancy Ajram and the Middle East's top leaders of the business world such as His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar and Mohamed Alshaya.

Buro 24/7 Middle East spotlights 10 of the world's most powerful Arabs...

100 Most Powerful Arabs - The Top 10

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud 

Listed as the 26th-richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of $20 billion, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud is the grandson of King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. Alwaleed is the founder, CEO and 95 percent-owner of Kingdom Holding Company - with stakes in a majority of global companies from Newscorp to Twitter

100 Most Powerful Arabs - The Top 10

Mohamed Alabbar

One of the most prominent figures in the UAE, H.E Mohamed Alabbar is the founder and chairman of Africa Middle East Resources (AMER) and chairman of Emaar Properties. Alabbar has played a key role in the development of Dubai's growing real estate sector, helping create monumental structures including, the Burj Khalifa.

100 Most Powerful Arabs - The Top 10

Khaldoon Mubarak

CEO of the Mubadala Development Company, Mubarak sits on a number of boards, including First Gulf Bank, Aldar Properties and Ferrari, as well as becoming the chairman of Manchester City Football Club when it was bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group back in 2008.

100 Most Powerful Arabs - The Top 10

Nayla Hayek

Daughter of  Lebanese-born Nicolas George Hayek, the late co-founder of the Swatch Group, Nayla Hayek is a businesswoman and horse breeding expert, running as the chairwoman of Swatch since 2010, as well as CEO of Harry Winston Inc, since 2013.

100 Most Powerful Arabs - The Top 10

Mohamed Alshaya

The Executive chairman of the retail division of the Alshaya Group - a multi-division Kuwait-based conglomerate - Alshaya oversees one of the largest retail distribution businesses in the Gulf, North Africa and Eastern European regions, as the company operates over 2,600 franchise stores.

Ten of the world's most powerful Arabs

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Son of the former Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum is the president of the Department of Civil Aviation, CEO and chairman of The Emirates Group as well as being chairman to Dubai's biggest bank, Emirates NBD, and of Dubai World.

Ten of the world's most powerful Arabs

Muna Harib

Emirati Muna Harib Al Muhairi is a business woman, community activist, philanthropist and humanitarian, devoting most of her time helping others in need. Five years ago she set up Seeds of Change, a group established in the UAE to promote random acts of kindness as well as co-finding Buksha - an organisation that supports low-income Emiratis in rural parts of the country. Al Muhairi also visits Syrian refugee camps set up in the aftermath of the country's civil war. 

Ten of the world's most powerful Arabs

Elie Saab

The 49-year-old Beirut-born designer runs a global fashion empire, known for his glamorous designs and luxurious fabrics, Saab has boutiques in Beirut, Paris, London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Mexico City. Today Elie Saab is selling in 50 countries and 70 points of sale worldwide. Iconic women from Queen Rania of Jordan to actress Halle Berry have been seen dressed in his unique designs.

Ten of the world's most powerful Arabs

George Baylouni

Syrian-born artist, George Baylouni, has made a career out of pushing artistic boundaries. The creative's innovative style comes from mixing historical art with contemporary work - using a large degree of finger painting. His work has been seen across the world, particularly throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Ten of the world's most powerful Arabs

Bassem Youssef

The Egyptian former cardiac surgeon, satirist and columnist, Bassem Youssef, hosts El Bernameg (The Show), a satirical news program - which often gets compared to American TV host Jon Stewart's The Daily Show - as Youssef's programme draws in many of Egypt's prominent personalities.

 

Read the full list of The world's 100 Most Powerful Arabs here.