An Arab Woman Just Beat Beyonce on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women List
by Reem Tolba
Forbes has just revealed its annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and oh my, we are very proud.
The UAE’s first female cabinet minister and Sharjah’s ruling family member, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, was ranked number 36 worldwide — beating Beyonce who ranked 50. Al Qasimi ranked first on the Arab women’s list.
Besides being the first female minister, Al Qasimi was the person taking the helm in developing the cargo system at Dubai International Airport. She is also the founder of Tejari, the Middle East’s first business-to-business online marketplace.
Being one of the most respected Emirati female leaders, she was the first to collect the Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2015. Across many countries, Al Qasimi is considered to be an influential voice for female empowerment, and promoting Islam as a religion of tolerance and cooperation.