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The Most Influential Businesswomen In The UAE

Nermeen Abbas
The Most Influential Businesswomen In The UAE

Women are taking the lead in business in the UAE as they take executive roles in regional diversified companies mostly in challenging sectors such as real estate, education, technology and services.

In an expansive ranking, Forbes Middle East lists the most influential Businesswomen in the UAE, with the renowned Emirati business woman, Raja Easa Al Gurg tops the list; she is at the helm of Dubai-based Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group since 1990, Al Gurg also heads the Dubai Business Women Council and sits on the board of HSBC Bank Middle East.

Led by her success in leading a conglomerate of 14 companies, Huda Al Rostamani comes in the second place; she is the Managing Director and Board Member of AW Rostamani since 2007.


To formulate this ranking of the most influential Businesswomen , we considered:

  • Revenues of the companies that they lead
  • The title, scope, and impact of the role that they perform
  • The experience that they possess
  • The growth of their firm and other initiatives that they have led in the last three years


  • Raja Easa Al Gurg

Title: Managing Director

Company: Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group

Sector: Diversified


  • Huda Al Rostamani

Title: Managing Director and Board Member

Company: AW Rostamani

Sector: Diversified


  • Suzanne Al Anani

Title: CEO

Company: Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects

Sector: Construction


  • Maitha Al Dossari

Title: CEO- Strategic Projects at Emaar Properties

Company: Emaar Properties

Sector: Real Estate and construction


  • Dalya Al Muthanna

Title: President and CEO

Company: GE Gulf

Sector: Diversified


  • Maysa Jalbout

Title: CEO

Company: Al Ghurair Foundation for Education

Sector: Education


  • Shaikha Al Maskari

Title: Chair

Company: Al Maskari Holdings

Sector: Diversified


  • Dona Abdelhaq

Title: Co-founder & Executive Partner    

Company: ESKADENIA Software

Sector: Technology


  • Kawthar Makahlah

Title: CEO

Company: BCI Group

Sector: Services


  • Nadia Zaal

Title: CEO

Company: Zaya

Sector: Real Estate


A researcher at Forbes Middle East, where I participate in creating lists such as The Top 100 Startups; The Middle East’s 100 Power Businesswomen; 30 Under 30 among other lists.

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