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Founded in 1960, by H.E. Easa Saleh Al Gurg, KCVO, CBE, the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC (ESAG), is a multidivisional conglomerate with 28 companies. The Group has a range of diverse product and business interests that predominantly include retail, building and construction, industrial and joint ventures. With an active presence throughout UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Qatar; its reach stretches across Asia, Middle East, and African continent, parts of America, Australia and New Zealand.

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Mrs Al Gurg tops ranking of ‘Most Powerful Arab Women’

Mrs Al Gurg tops ranking of ‘Most Powerful Arab Women’

Mrs Al Gurg tops ranking of ‘Most Powerful Arab Women’

The majority of the region’s powerful women work in family businesses, according to Forbes Middle East’s ranking of ‘The 200 Most Powerful Arab Women’. Mrs Raja Easa Al Gurg, Managing Director of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC took the top spot, followed by Lubna Olayan, CEO of Olayan Financing Company in Saudi Arabia, and Mona Almoayyed, MD of YK Almoayyed & Sons Group in Bahrain.

Forbes’ ranking of The 200 Most Powerful Arab Women includes women in family business, government and executive management roles that have made fundamental contributions in the fields of business and politics. Family businesses attracted 85 entries, accounting for 43 per cent of the total. Family businesses that are not listed were excluded from the ranking.
The UAE had the highest number of entries for the category, with 15 Emirati businesswomen, followed by Saudi Arabia, with 12 entries. Women from Egypt topped the ranking, with 14 entries, followed by Kuwait with 10 entries, and Lebanon, the UAE and Saudi Arabia with six.

“Not just regionally, but worldwide, there is still much to be done to engineer a level playing field between the sexes, but by showcasing the achievements and unlimited potential of Arab women, we are one step closer to balancing the equation,” stated Khuloud Al Omian, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Middle East. She said that female workforce participation stands at around 24 per cent in the Middle East...