Forbes Middle East just ranked Lebanese executives among the 50 most influential expats in the UAE!

Forbes Middle East just released the list of the 50 most influential expats in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 2018. Four Lebanese executives made the list!


The UAE is a melting pot of many nationalities and one of the world’s most famous business hubs. It’s now the home of many expats who contribute significantly to the economy and work in the private and public sectors.

Via Tim Reckmann

This list aims to highlight the achievements of the expats who succeeded in their respective professions or businesses. The featured individuals serve across 21 industries.

Forbes Middle East based the 50 Most Influential Expats in the UAE on revenues, experience, role, and the number of employees they manage.


The CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, tops the list. He is followed by Alain Bejjani who is the CEO of the retail-giant Majid Al Futtaim. The President of GE MENAT Nabil Habayeb ranks third.

Meet the most successful Lebanese expats in the UAE!

Alain Bejjani

Via Twitter

Ranking: 2

Title: CEO

Company: Majid Al Futtaim


Nabil Habayeb

Via Twitter

Ranking: 3

Title: President and CEO

Company: GE Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey


Samer Abu Ltaif

Via SME Advisor

Ranking: 11

Title: President

Company: Microsoft Middle East and Africa


Gergi Abboud

Via Twitter

Ranking: 32

Title: Managing Director

Company: SAP


8 Lebanese make ’30 under 30′ list of Forbes MENA

Lebanese people of all ages are succeeding! A few months ago, Forbes ME released its first “Arab 30 under 30” list.

It gathers young and influential social entrepreneurs, artists, celebrities, and intellectuals. Eight Lebanese people who redefined the rules of innovation made the list!

Via Arab 30 Under 30


Here’s the list!

  • Nicolas Zaatar: Co-founder and CTO of NAR
  • Elissa Freiha: Co-founder of Womena
  • Hussein Bazaza: Fashion Designer
  • Mark Chahwan and Jad Sayegh: Co-founders of Sarwa
  • Jawad Fares: Medical Doctor and Researcher 
  • Ray Dargham: Co-founder of STEP Group
  • Eve Tamraz Najjar: Founder of Sensio Air


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