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 of 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.

Rank Name Title Origin Company Industry
1 HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Chairman UAE Emirates NBD Diversified
2 HE Khalid Al Falih Chairman KSA Aramco / Ma’aden Energy
3 Yousef Abdullah Al Benyan Vice chairman and CEO KSA SABIC Industry
4 Carlos Slim Helu Honorary chairman Lebanon American Movil Telecoms
5 Joseph Safra Chairman Syria Safra Group Finance
6 HE Mohamed Alabbar Chairman UAE Emaar / Eagle Hills Real estate
7 HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Chairman KSA Kingdom Holding Finance
8 HE Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak Group CEO and managing director UAE Mubadala Investment Company Diversified
9 Carlos Ghosn Chairman Lebanon Renault,Nissan and Mitsubishi Industry
10 HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair CEO UAE Mashreq Finance
11 HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber Director general and CEO UAE ADNOC Energy
12 Amin Nasser President and CEO KSA Saudi Aramco Energy
14 HE Reem Al Hashimy Director general UAE Dubai Expo 2020 Diversified
13 HE Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani Executive director and CEO UAE Investment Corporation of Dubai Finance
15 HE Noura Al Kaabi Chairwoman UAE Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi / twofour54 Media
16 HE Abdulla Al Habbai Chairman UAE Dubai Holding / Meraas Diversified
17 HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem Chairman UAE DP World Logistics
18 Mohamed bin Issa Al Jaber Chairman and CEO KSA MBI International Diversified
19 Mohamed Salah Footballer Egypt Liverpool FC / Egypt national team Sport
20 HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi President UAE Zayed University Diversified
21 Mansour Saleh Al Maiman Chairman KSA National Commercial Bank, NCB Capital, Tadawul Real Estate Company Finance
22 HE Essa Kazim Chairman UAE Dubai Financial Market Finance