For the first time ever, Forbes released the “Women Behind Middle Eastern Brands” power list. Once again, Arab women are breaking barriers in numerous fields from business, technology to beauty and fashion. The first edition of the annual list was composed of 60 women, four of which were Emiratis.
Nayla Al Khaja
As the first Emirati female director and producer, Nayla has put the UAE in the silver screens by running her companies with her strong desire to empower women in the field of cinema. She has worked with Gucci, Nike
Ahlam’s talent made an impressive third rank, with 13 albums released and over 10 million followers on Instagram. She’s considered as one of the biggest talents in the region and she has been on the panel of Arab Idol as a judge sharing her knowledge of coaching.
Madiyah Al Sharqi
Madiyah Al Sharqi’s clothing brand seized the 45th rank by using silhouettes and fabrics to represent the UAE. The Dubai-based brand launched in 2012 and its tremendous success traveled all the way to the Grammy’s.
Hind Al Mulla
Hind, the most famous Emirati dessert maker fell under number 57. Her passion for baking started at the age of 10, and with countless trials and errors, she turned her hobby into a successful career. Without any professional culinary education, she founded Home Bakery in 2011.