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3 GCC icons make it to Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women list

Forbes has released its annual World’s Most Powerful Women List, featuring three iconic and powerful women from the GCC region.


Here they are:


#91: Raja Easa Al Gurg

Raja Easa Al Gurg is a Dubai-based business leader and the managing director at Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group. She has exponentially expanded business activities, operating 24 companies and 370 international brand partnerships in the trade and commerce sphere.


Al Gurg is the president of the Dubai Business Women Council and has become the first Emirati woman to sit on the board of HSBC Bank Middle East.


She was ranked as the #2 Most Powerful Arab Woman by Forbes Middle East in 2015.


#65: Lubna S Olayan

Lubna Sulaiman Olayan is a Saudi businesswoman who is considered to be one of the most influential among her peers in the world.


She is no newcomer to such lists, having previously been featured among the top 100 most influential people of 2005 by Time Magazine.


Olayan is the chief executive officer of Olayan Financing Company, the holding entity of Olayan Group’s operation in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The arm of business she oversees operates more than 40 companies across the region. She is well respected in the international business community and is on the advisory boards for international brands like Rolls-Royce and Citigroup.


#43: Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi


Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi conics the Minister of State for Tolerance in the United Arab Emirates. She is the former Minister of International Cooperation and Development.


She has been instrumental in implementing several progressive turning points for the UAE for more than a decade and she was the first woman in the country’s history to assume a cabinet position in 2004.


Earlier this year, in what was to become one of her first achievements as a Minister of State for Tolerance, Sheikha Lubna headed a UAE delegation on a visit to Pope Francis, the Supreme Head of the Catholic Church, in Vatican City.