UAE Minister for Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has topped the list of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women, published on Monday by CEO Middle East.
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It was Sheikha Lubna’s third successive year in pole position, with her taking the spot just above Saudi Arabia’s Lubna Olayan. HH Princess Ameerah, vice chairwoman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, was ranked third, with Iraqi born architect Zaha Hadid in fourth place.
Construction boss Fatima Al Jaber was fifth.
The highest new entry was sixth place Sheikha Maha Mansour Salman Jasim Al Thani, who made history by becoming Qatar’s first ever female judge. She is one of two new entries in the top ten alone, with UAE Federal National Council First deputy speaker Amal Al Qubasi in seventh place.
The UAE accounted for a record number of places on the 2013 list, with 20 women originally from the UAE, with 24 now based in the country. Saudi Arabia accounted for 14 entries with Lebanon coming third with 13.
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A majority of women on the list, 31 percent, work in culture & society, followed by 19 percent from arts and entertainment.