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Top 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2021 by Gulf Business Arab Power List 


The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed ways of living and working in the last year.

Accordingly, our annual Gulf Business Arab Power List has seen huge shifts with some leaders standing out as they not only survived a tough year, but also emerged successful.

This year’s list welcomes 28 new entrants, including eight from Qatar.

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi

President and CEO Qatar Petroleum/ Chairman and MD

Hassan Al Thawadi

Chairman, Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

Mansoor Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud

CEO, Qatar Investment Authority

Abdulla Mubarak Al-Khalifa

Group CEO, Qatar National Bank

Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Chairperson, Qatar Museums

Akbar Al Baker

Group CEO Qatar Airways

Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo

Chairman, Ooredoo

Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Al-Thani

Founder, Ezdan Holding/Philanthropist

We also lead the list this year commemorating a certain group for the enormous power they have yielded. Receiving the special mention – ahead of number one – are the countless number of frontline heroes who saved and protected lives – sometimes at the cost of their own.

Covid-19 frontline heroes

A tiny virus has dominated our lives in the past year in a way we never deemed plausible. From a nondescript market in China, the coronavirus proliferated rapidly, jumping from one host to another, wreaking havoc from one continent to the next. For humanity, the warriors and superheroes this time came in the form of healthcare workers and vital sector operators, who risked their lives to protect and support us.

While recognition has come to them in many ways, words simply do not suffice to acknowledge the power they have wielded in this crisis.

To all the frontline workers who lost their lives, those who have sacrificed precious time with their families, those who have gone above and beyond what was required of them purely in the name of humanity, we salute you.


Gulf Business looked at the events of 2020 and judged each individual case on the basis of four criteria: financial capital, human capital, expansion plans and personal fame levels.

In general, Gulf Business has excluded politicians and royalty, unless the contenders have a strong leaning towards business activity. We have included Arabs from across the world.

Read on to find out exactly who has risen and fallen and who has joined the list this year.


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