Meet the Arabs Who Made the List for TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2020

As TIME publishes its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, we celebrate the four Arabs who successfully made the list. Whether in politics, business, sports, art, music, or any other aspect of life, the TIME 100 is a list that features people who have made an impact and left a mark in other people’s lives through their work. The list is divided into pioneers, artists, leaders, titans, and icons.

Scroll down to get inspired and find out more about them.

Lina Attalah

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Lina Attalah is an Egyptian journalist, and the Editor-in-Chief of Mada Masr, the leading independent online newspaper in Egypt. Due to her dedication and commitment to shedding light on stories that matter, going the extra mile, and taking risks, Attalah was named one of “icons” of TIME 100 2020.

Waad Al-Kateab

Waad Al Kateab is an award winning filmmaker who created a documentary film called ‘For Sama’, where she told the story of the Syrian war in an unconventional way, through the eyes of a new mother.

Yousef Al Otaiba

Yousef Al Otaiba is the UAE Ambassador to the US who played a major role in the UAE’s historic peace agreement with Israel. Time described Otaiba as “the public face of a reshaped Middle East”.


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Another Arab who made it to the list of “leaders” was a former Syrian government forensic photographer whose codename is “Caesar”. He courageously smuggled over 50,000 photographs documenting the war crimes committed by President Bashar al-Assad.

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