19 July, Dubai
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the UAE Minister of State for Tolerance has topped a poll of the most powerful Arab women in government this year, according to Forbes Middle East.
Ms Qasimi was followed by two women from Egypt – Sahar Nasr, the country’s minister of investment and international cooperation and Ghada Wali, the minister of social solidarity.
Forbes has also released a list of the top 100 most powerful Arab businesswomen for 2017, and the UAE represents the highest number of women, with 18, followed by Egypt, with 16.
Forbes said women in the Arab world were pioneering in the banking sector, and women in this industry represents 28 per cent of the 2017 businesswoman list.