Meet the Middle East’s Trailblazers

The Forbes’ 30 under 30

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Forbes has just released its latest regional iteration of its 30 under 30 list, focusing on the Arab World’s confirmed and most promising talents to watch design and influence, in each of their own respective fields, the world of tomorrow. 

Ranging from athletes to artists, creatives, businessmen and more, the class of 2021 has included some bright minds to say the least spanning across 11 countries from the region, representing 38 nationalities whilst comprising a little over 35 individuals. If Egypt holds the highest representation on the list with eight lucky recipients, the UAE has also reached a noteworthy benchmark having 12 entries based from within the Emirates. 

Some major names have indeed made the cut. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics having just recently come to an end last month, several gold-winning figures have been included marking the Arab world’s vehement success over this summer. Amongst some of them figures Moroccan runner Soufiane El Bakkali, Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui and tennis-woman Ons Jabeur as well as Egyptian karateka Feryal Abdelaziz. 

In the creative field, Omani-Iraqi duo Chndy and Chebmoha made the honours, opening the way for many others to also be named in the overly-competitive list. Tiktoker Farah Chreim was one of them without forgetting to mention illustrator Rafik El Hariri or even Jordan’s rising pop-star Issam Alnajjar who was recently featured on a Spotify billboard in Times Square in New York. 

Selected out of a pool of over 300 applicants and shortlisted into 60 before reaching the final 30, the ones who have been meticulously chosen by a fine board of specialists are expected to have a bright and impactful future ahead of them, and that is really all we can wish for them to achieve.

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