The GCC in general is aggressively pursuing economic reforms. The U.A.E. has begun granting long-term visas to investors, Saudi Arabia is opening up to international tourists, and almost all the Gulf countries have set up institutions to promote innovation. For these reforms to get the best results, the region needs foreign capital, technology and talent.
Middle Eastern countries are attracting the world’s biggest companies, and they are investing throughout the value chain—from setting up logistics hubs and factories to data centers. The region is also attracting top global talent, with conglomerates and government institutions being run by the cream of the crop from across the world.
Keeping this in mind, Forbes Middle East has this year collated “Top 50 International CEOs Heading Local Companies” highlights CEOs from around the world that are in the Middle East heading up GCC-based companies.
• Size of the company
• Years of experience
• Role within the company
• Accomplishments in the last year
• Editorial points, including engagement with media, market reputation and impact