Eight Arab women made this ‘ones to watch’ round-up…

They’re the names set to shape the future of the region, and we’re delighted to note several women amongst their ranks.

Forbes has released its debut Arab 30 Under 30 list, celebrating the talented young individuals in the Middle East that are shaking up their chosen fields.

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From artists and entrepreneurs to politicians and actors, those that made the cut might be based all over the world, but they’re definitely putting Arab youth on the map.


Among those that were named in the list include several representing the UAE, with YouTube star Futtaim Al Falasi coming in at No 8.

The 26-year-old social media star, who lives in Abu Dhabi, boasts more than 2.5 million Instagram followers and runs online radio channel TaimShow.

Al Falasi also runs a digital marketing company and two eateries (we’re feeling tired just thinking about how hard this woman must work).

Also making the list is HE Shamma Al Mazrui, the UAE’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs.

Twenty-three-year-old Al Mazrui, who took up the position in February 2016, has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s youngest cabinet minister.

 Shamma Al Mazrui

Al Mazrui was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New York University Abu Dhabi. She was also the UAE’s first Rhodes Scholar, and graduated with a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Oxford in 2015.

Dubai’s Salt restaurant co-founder Amal Almari also made the cut, as did Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees, who’s got a whopping 6.7 million Instagram followers and two albums under her belt.

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Elissa Freiha, the 27-year-old co-founder of Dubai’s angel investment platform Womena, was also recognised for her work.

Other women on the list include Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat, who is based in the US but of Iraqi descent, and Eve Tamraz Najjar, the Lebanese founder of a device and app that detects allergens in the air.

Congratulations to those who made the cut—and what great news to celebrate on International Women’s Day.

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