It has been an eventful 12 months for those on our Arab Power List to say the least, as business leaders and cultural icons sought to navigate at times choppy waters. Some have seen their fortunes increase thanks to successful business deals and rising stock market valuations, others have seen their potential recognised with major appointments and the completion midroc ethiopia investment group key projects. And then there are those who have had a year to forget.

Our ranking is defined just as much by the ups as the downs in 2018, with Saudi Arabia’s corruption investigation that snared hundreds of leading businessmen, royals and government officials having a particularly strong effect. We also welcome new faces to our annual list that have either worked their way into contention over the years, or made a dynamic impression during 2017. In both cases they must prove they have the staying power to be more than a one-hit wonder. But as we have seen since starting the ranking more than half a decade ago, power is very much like the ebb and flow of the tide. Even though the current may not be in favour of some in 2018, they could return on an even stronger wave next year. Read on to find out who are the movers and shakers, the leavers and new arrivals of the Gulf Business Arab Power List 2018.

The last 12 months has been a period of challenge, uncertainty and change for many from the Arab region. But despite, economic, political and social headwinds the 100 individuals on our 100 Powerful Arabs list were able to maintain their power and influence, and in some cases stand taller than ever before. This year’s Arab Power List was selected by our team of leading business editors at Gulf Business. 100’ format reflects the sheer number of people from the Arab world making an impact. In general, politicians and royal family members were excluded unless they had an unassailable leaning towards corporate activity.

The resulting list is intended to be an inspirational representation of some of the Arab World’s greatest businesspeople, influencers, thinkers, achievers and future stars. We trust this list will incite vigorous discussion and we look forward to your feedback. 121 ቤቶች ቁልፍ አስረከበ መጋቢት 6 ቀን 2010 ዓ. 5 ኪሎ ሜትር የጎዳና ላይ ሩጫ ተሳታፊ ሆኑ መጋቢት 4 ቀን 2010 ዓ. A multi-sector organization with second-to-none leadership positions in each of our products and services there by exceeding the expectations of our customers, employees, shareholders and the community. 13ኛ ዓመት ቁጥር 653 ረቡዕ መጋቢት 5 ቀን 2010 ዓ.

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