Arab Women and Business

EENI- School of International Business

Sub-subject Sub-subject: Arab Women and International business (Businesswoman and Executives). Syllabus:

  1. Arab women and business
  2. The most powerful Arab women
  3. Arab Businesswoman and Executives
  4. Tawakkol Karman (Yemeni Nobel Prize) and Haifa Al-Mansour (Saudi film-maker)

Lubna Olayan Businesswoman Saudi Arabia


Sub-subject “Arab Women and business” is studied...
  1. Masters: International Business, Muslims Countries
  2. Doctorates (Distance learning): Islamic Countries, Religion, and Business

Learning materials in English or Spanish Mujer Árabe French Islam Portuguese Islam.

هيفاء المنصور

Description Sub-Subject Description: Arab Women and business.

Traditionally, Arab women have not held senior management positions in large companies, but since last years, Arabs Executives and entrepreneurs are occupying important positions especially in the Middle East (Arab Economic Area of the Islamic Civilisation).

We will analyse several cases of a businesswoman, executives, and politics of the Arab Countries (if nothing is indicated is that they are Muslim).

  1. Her Excellency Shaikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi (United Arab Emirates)
  2. Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimi (United Arab Emirates)
  3. Amina Al Rustamani (United Arab Emirates)
  4. Dr Shaikha Al Maskari (United Arab Emirates)
  5. Lubna Olayan (Saudi Arabia)
  6. Dr Hayat Sindi (Saudi Arabia)
  7. Shaikha Al Bahar (Kuwait)
  8. Maha Al-Ghunaim (Kuwait)
  9. Dr Hanan Al Kuwari (Qatar)
  10. Nayla Hayek (Lebanon/Switzerland) - Orthodoxy (Christian)
  11. Randa Ayoubi (Jordan)
  12. Ayah Bdeir (Lebanon)
  13. Minoush Abdel-Meguid (Egypt)

In the United Arab Emirates, two women are Minister:

  1. Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi (Minister of International Cooperation and Development - United Arab Emirates) is the most powerful Arab woman in the World; she was the first female Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
  2. Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimi - Minister of State, Her Excellency is also the Chairperson of Dubai Cares and Emirates Competitiveness Council
  3. Ms Amina Al Rustamani is the CEO of TECOM Investments (UAE) and a recognised expert in wireless technologies.
  4. Ms Lubna Olayan (Saudi Arabia) is one of the most influential Businesswomen in the World and CEO of Olayan Financing Company. She is a member of the International Advisory Boards of Rolls- Royce and Citigroup
  5. Dr. Hayat Sindi (Saudi Arabia) is one of the World’s leading biotechnologists, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO for Science and co -founder of “Diagnostics for All” and “i2 Institute.”
  6. Ms Shaikha Al Bahar is Managing Deputy Director of the National Bank of Kuwait. She is also on the Board of the International Bank of Qatar
  7. Ms Nayla Hayek (Lebanon/Switzerland) is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Swatch Group (Switzerland), Harry Winston, and Hayek Group.
  8. Ms Maha Al-Ghunaim is co - founder and President of investment firm Global Investment House in Kuwait, one of the largest in the Middle East.

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna (most powerful Arab woman)

Furthermore, Arab women are gradually achieving access to other areas of society that until now were reserved almost exclusively for men, such as:

  1. Ms Tawakkol Karman - Nobel Peace Prize (Yemen)
  2. Ms Haifa Al-Mansour - Directress of Cinema (Saudi Arabia)

Samples - Arab women

Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimi Minister of the Emirates

Hayat Sindi (Saudi Biotechnologist)

Shaikha Al Bahar Kuwaiti Banker

Amina Al Rustamani Emirati Businesswoman

Maha Al-Ghunaim Kuwaiti Businesswoman

Haifa Al-Mansour (Saudi Film Director)

Tawakkol Karman (Nobel Peace Prize, Yemen)

Hanan Al Kuwari (Qatari Director)

Religions and International Business

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