Top 10 Powerful Emirati Businesswomen

Published August 25th, 2020 - 10:31 GMT

More than ever, nowadays women are taking leading roles in all aspects of life. We’re seeing more women as state heads, prime ministers, parliamentarians, CEOs, businesswomen  and entrepreneurs.  Emirati women are no exception, women in UAE are playing a key role in the prosperity and advancement of their country.  

Here is a list of the top 10 powerful Emirati businesswomen.

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1. Raja Easa Al Gurg

1.Raja Easa Al Gurg: Raja Al Gurg was the first Emirati woman to be appointed to the board of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited. She is currently the Managing Director and Vice Chairperson of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group. Al Gurg is also president of the Dubai Business Women Council and works to improve female entrepreneurship in the U.A.E.

2. Aisha Bin Bishr

2. Aisha Bin Bishr : Aisha Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity entrusted with Dubai’s city-wide smart transformation. Bin Bishr is also the chairperson of the Sustainable Development Goals 11 Global Council, and serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils, and The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s Smart Cities Readiness Index Team.

3. Suzanne Al Anani

3.Suzanne Al Anani: She is the CEO of Dubai Aviation Engineering Products (DAEP) which is in charge of building airports in Dubai. Under Al Anani’s leadership, the U.A.E.’s ranking for “Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure” improved from number three worldwide in 2018 to number two in 2019.

4. Dalya Al Muthanna

4. Dalya Al Muthanna: Dalya Al Muthanna is the president and CEO of GE Gulf. She joined GE in 2008 and was the first Emirati to graduate from its Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP). Al Muthanna leads business growth, driving cross-business selling across GE's portfolio.

5. Huda Al Rostamani

5. Huda Al Rostamani: Huda Al Rostamani has been the Managing Director of AW Rostamani since 2007. She holds Masters and Undergraduate degrees in Medical Engineering from the George Washington University U.S. It’s worth mentioning that the AW Rostamani Group owns more than 2.5 million sq. ft. of residential and commercial space in the U.A.E.

6. Maryam Eid AlMheiri

6.Maryam Eid AlMheiri: Maryam AlMheiri was CEO and COO of twofour54 and today she is the Vice-Chair of that empire. She is also Director General of the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office.

7. Majida Ali Rashid

7.Majida Ali Rashid: Majida Ali Rashid began her career at the Ministry of Public Works in Dubai and joined Dubai Land Department (DLD) in 2007. Today, she’s the CEO of DLD. The real estate investment management and promotion center supports national and international real estate investment companies.

8. Rola Abu Manneh

8. Rola Abu Manneh: Rola Abu Manneh has been the CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, U.A.E. since August 2018. The U.A.E. is currently one of the top five markets for the group, with total assets worth $13 Billion.

9. Maitha Al Dossari

9.Maitha Al Dossari: Maitha Al Dossari was the CEO of Emaar Entertainment, and she’s currently the CEO of Strategic Projects of Emaar Properties. Al Dossari graduated with a major in Business Administration and Finance, and also completed her Executive Development (PED) programme in General Management from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.

10. Amina Taher

10: Amina Taher: Amina Taher is the Vice President-Corporate Affairs at Etihad Airways PJSC. She is also on the board of DXB Entertainments PJSC and Middle East Public Relations Association and Member of International Aviation Womens Association. Taher previously held the position of Head-Social Development & Sponsorship at Mubadala Investment Co. PJSC and Executive Director-Corporate Communications at Zabeel Investments.

1. Raja Easa Al Gurg
2. Aisha Bin Bishr
3. Suzanne Al Anani
4. Dalya Al Muthanna
5. Huda Al Rostamani
6. Maryam Eid AlMheiri
7. Majida Ali Rashid
8. Rola Abu Manneh
9. Maitha Al Dossari
10. Amina Taher
1. Raja Easa Al Gurg
1.Raja Easa Al Gurg: Raja Al Gurg was the first Emirati woman to be appointed to the board of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited. She is currently the Managing Director and Vice Chairperson of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group. Al Gurg is also president of the Dubai Business Women Council and works to improve female entrepreneurship in the U.A.E.
2. Aisha Bin Bishr
2. Aisha Bin Bishr : Aisha Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity entrusted with Dubai’s city-wide smart transformation. Bin Bishr is also the chairperson of the Sustainable Development Goals 11 Global Council, and serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils, and The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s Smart Cities Readiness Index Team.
3. Suzanne Al Anani
3.Suzanne Al Anani: She is the CEO of Dubai Aviation Engineering Products (DAEP) which is in charge of building airports in Dubai. Under Al Anani’s leadership, the U.A.E.’s ranking for “Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure” improved from number three worldwide in 2018 to number two in 2019.
4. Dalya Al Muthanna
4. Dalya Al Muthanna: Dalya Al Muthanna is the president and CEO of GE Gulf. She joined GE in 2008 and was the first Emirati to graduate from its Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP). Al Muthanna leads business growth, driving cross-business selling across GE's portfolio.
5. Huda Al Rostamani
5. Huda Al Rostamani: Huda Al Rostamani has been the Managing Director of AW Rostamani since 2007. She holds Masters and Undergraduate degrees in Medical Engineering from the George Washington University U.S. It’s worth mentioning that the AW Rostamani Group owns more than 2.5 million sq. ft. of residential and commercial space in the U.A.E.
6. Maryam Eid AlMheiri
6.Maryam Eid AlMheiri: Maryam AlMheiri was CEO and COO of twofour54 and today she is the Vice-Chair of that empire. She is also Director General of the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office.
7. Majida Ali Rashid
7.Majida Ali Rashid: Majida Ali Rashid began her career at the Ministry of Public Works in Dubai and joined Dubai Land Department (DLD) in 2007. Today, she’s the CEO of DLD. The real estate investment management and promotion center supports national and international real estate investment companies.
8. Rola Abu Manneh
8. Rola Abu Manneh: Rola Abu Manneh has been the CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, U.A.E. since August 2018. The U.A.E. is currently one of the top five markets for the group, with total assets worth $13 Billion.
9. Maitha Al Dossari
9.Maitha Al Dossari: Maitha Al Dossari was the CEO of Emaar Entertainment, and she’s currently the CEO of Strategic Projects of Emaar Properties. Al Dossari graduated with a major in Business Administration and Finance, and also completed her Executive Development (PED) programme in General Management from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.
10. Amina Taher
10: Amina Taher: Amina Taher is the Vice President-Corporate Affairs at Etihad Airways PJSC. She is also on the board of DXB Entertainments PJSC and Middle East Public Relations Association and Member of International Aviation Womens Association. Taher previously held the position of Head-Social Development & Sponsorship at Mubadala Investment Co. PJSC and Executive Director-Corporate Communications at Zabeel Investments.