Oman’s dynamic Women are a growing presence in the Forbes 100 list

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of most powerful women in the Arab world 2017. This year there are two lists, one for Business and one for Government. Topping the lists, as always, are Lubna S. Olayan and Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi. However. there is a rapid rush to the top, of Omani women.

Amal Bahwan
Amal Bahwan

Dominating this list, as their company almost does in business, are Amal & Hind Bahwan. Amal Bahwan is the Vice Chair of Suhail Bahwan Group a 15000 employee company, whose diversity which includes automobiles, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, oil & gas services and telecommunications makes it well placed to ride out bumps in the road of Oman’ economy.

Hind Bahwan with Indian President
Hind Bahwan with Indian President

Hind Bahwan’s Bahwan Cybertek is also diversified, more internationally; which again achieves the same effect of insulating the company from economic changes.

Haifa Al Khaifi 2nd left
Haifa Al Khaifi 2nd left

Haifa Al Khaifi is a lifelong employee at PDO, Oman’s Government & Shell partnership, and is now CFO.

Rawan Al Said centre 1st row with Amal Bahwan left Assila bint Zaher Al Harthy right
Rawan Al Said centre 1st row with Amal Bahwan left Assila Zaher Al Harthy right

Rawan Al Said, Chairperson and MD at National Bank of Oman (also on NBO board is Amal Bahwan and several Directors from Commercial Bank of Qatar ) is included. She is on the board of Takaful Oman the Islamic insurance provider and many other Omani companies.

Huda Al Lawati
Huda Al Lawati

Huda Al Lawati joins the list. She was formerly Chief of Investments for the MENA area at Abraaj of Dubai and is now with Saudi’s Jeddah-based Savola food group which includes the amazing Almarai dairy company who manages to be the best-distributed dairy product in Oman, all the way from Riyadh.

Sharifa Al Harthy
Sharifa Al Harthy

Sharifa Al Harthy Vice Chair at MB Holding, who as a company started in Oil field work but has now grown to include ownership of the Anantara managed hotel in Salalah, has been counted in the list.

Lujaina Darwish
Lujaina Darwish

Lujaina Darwish, Chairperson at Mohsin Haider Darwish who include Jaguar and Land Rover amongst their brands of excellence, is Oman’s final inclusion in the top 100 Arab women within business.

Madeeha bint Ahmed bin Nassir al Shibaniyah
Madeeha bint Ahmed bin Nassir al Shibaniyah

In top 10 Arab women in government Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed bin Nassir al Shibaniyah, Minister of Education must have been included for the increasingly dynamic education system in Oman. Though surprisingly Oman’s Minister of Higher Education Dr Rawiyah bint Saud al Busaidiyah and the Ministry of Tourism’s Maitha al Mahrouqi, have not been mentioned.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4

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