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Who made the Arab 30 under 30 list of achievers in the Middle East?

With over 60% of the population under the age of 30, the very first class of Arab 30 under 30 is a dynamic mix of social entrepreneurs, artists, celebrities and intellectuals, said Forbes Middle East, the list’s creator.

Many in the list are scattered across the globe as they strive to prove their mettle in countries far from home.

With such diverse areas of expertise, these innovators are transforming the rules of business. In order to be featured in this list of 30, the individual needed to be of Arab origin and should have been born in the year 1988 or later.

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30 under 30

Forbes Middle East has announced its first Arab 30 under 30 list, revealing a dynamic mix of social entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, celebrities and intellectuals.

The list was compiled with nominations received by Forbes Middle East from young entrepreneurs based in the Arab world, as well as from under-30 leaders with Arab origins featured in the U.S. and European Forbes editions.

To select the top 30, we reviewed the impact they have had in their respective industries, their future prospects, their media coverage and their social media presence. All of them were born in 1988 or later and 19 of them live in the MENA region. They are making their mark across a diverse range of fields, including entertainment, technology, education, healthcare and fashion.

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One of the most recognized faces to make the list is 28-year-old Mohammed Assaf, who was awarded a recording contract and acquired millions of adoring fans when he won Arab Idol in 2013.

Another high-achiever is the U.A.E.’s new Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, who at 29-years-old is responsible for selecting the latest AI and machine learning tools for the emirates’ smart government services.