Arabian Business’ Most Influential Arabs 2022

Originally published on Jun 09, 2022 | Arabian Business


Arabian Business has revamped its Arab Power List. We’re introducing the Most Influential Arabs 2022 to celebrate and recognise the public sector figures, CEOs, founders and presidents, educationalists and financiers, healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs who are making a difference in the world.   

Influence’, the dictionary tells us, is defined as “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself”.  

In recent years, Arabian Business has published our Arab Power List, which this year felt like it needed a reboot, an update for the more nuanced world we find ourselves in, especially post-Covid.  

So, this year, we unveil our Most Influential Arabs 2022 edition, which showcases just some of the individuals across the Arab world who are making a difference in the world.  

This year too, we’ve endeavoured to return to our roots, our DNA, with more business figures than ever, and perhaps fewer celebrities featured – those that make the list are successful entrepreneurs and brands in their own right.  

Among the featured Arabs was Hussain Sajwani, Founder of DAMAC Properties.  


Name: Hussain Sajwani 

Designation: Founder 

Company: Damac Properties 

Sector: Construction and real estate 

After identifying a gap in the market, Hussain Sajwani established DAMAC Properties in 2002 which today, has expanded to become one of the region’s largest property development companies with projects in several global cities, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Baghdad, Jeddah, Riyadh, Amman, Doha, Beirut, Miami and London. 

DAMAC Properties has one of the best track records in the luxury property development market to date having delivered over 39,400 homes with 28,000 in various stages of planning and progress. Sajwani has been listed by Arabian Business as one of the most powerful Arabs in the world. 

In addition to being an evolved investor and businessman, Sajwani has robust experience in global equity, capital markets, hospitality, retail, luxury fashion and data centres. 


Of course, it’s important to state, that this isn’t an exhaustive list, no edition could capture in one snapshot the entirety of inspirational and influential Arabs working hard to make their mark. For every individual featured there are countless others who could, and perhaps should, have been featured.  

Instead, this is a curated look at individuals who are influencing, either overtly or subtly, the region. There are public sector figures, there are CEOs, founders and presidents, educationalists and financiers, healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs. Some names will be familiar, others will be new, but we hope you find this snapshot informative and inspiring.