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The Bahrain Power List
Saturday, 26 September 2009

The inaugural Bahrain Power List was compiled in much the same spirit as its ‘big brother’, the annual Arabian Business Arab Power List. Over a period of three months, our editorial team examined Bahraini society to determine, in simple terms, the most influential 50 people on the island.

In line with our Power List policies, we do not consider any members of royal families, politicians or religious leaders. Everyone else is fair game, and we have done our best to weigh how much the actions of each potential candidate might impact the lives of others in Bahrain and further afield. We have included both Arabs and expats in the list, the only criteria being that they are resident in Bahrain.

We considered candidates from all areas of Bahraini society — including business, media, entertainment, law, academia, arts, fashion, and music — and names from more than 20 different sectors were entered. In August, our team began the first of a series of meetings to consider more than 200 names on the database.

By the beginning of September, this was narrowed down to 50 names. The rankings from 11 to 50 were selected by the editorial team. For the top 10 names, we first agreed on who the top 10 should be.

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After this, the rankings were decided by a voting system. Each member of the team ranked the 10 in order of personal preference. Position 1 = 10 points, Position 2 = 9 points; right down to Position 10 = 1 point. The total number of points was then taken for each name in the top 10, with the individual with the highest points assigned top position, second highest points assigned second position — and so on.

The result is the first list ever published to assess the influence of key individuals within the island state. We hope you have as much fun reading it as we did compiling it.

Power List Researchers

Andrew White, Anil Bhoyrul, Andy Sambidge, Joanne Bladd, Damian Reilly, Elsa Baxter, Claire Ferris-Lay, Soren Billing, Alex Delmar-Morgan, Neeraj Gangal, Edward Liamzon, Anees Dayoub, Hassan Abdul Rahman, Bashar Bagh, Shahem Shareef, Sayed El Azony.


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Comments (39)

Success
Posted by Mohammad Nadeem Iqbal, Faialabad, Pakistan on 26 July 2010 at 11:27 UAE time

It is very good to see that the power of gulf is a major of world now, so i really appericiate efforts like this, but one thing i want to realize that they all have to spread their power to the poors like help of them at no cost, means charity, chance providing them to boost,
i know large numbers of persons dyeing of hunger, but no one can help them, so please do something about this i am sure that ill got good reply of that from you all read this
thank you
A huge Loss
Posted by Parwana Dehqan, Manama, Bahrain on 11 April 2010 at 14:46 UAE time

So sad to hear of such a loss. Inshallah God gives patience and strength to his family especially, Sh. Khalifa, President and his baby boy to bear this loss.
A huge Loss
Posted by Parwana Dehqan, Manama, Bahrain on 11 April 2010 at 14:44 UAE time

So sad to hear of such a loss. Inshallah God gives patience and strength to his family especially, Sh. Khalifa, President and his baby boy to bear this loss.

to his brothers and his son.
I'm happy for everyone!
Posted by Shira Danieli, NY, USA on 16 February 2010 at 20:04 UAE time

I'm very happy to see that most of those on the list are people who are dedicated to elevating the image of the Gulf. A large majority in the west, tend to have this preconceived notion of Gulf Arabs as running around on Camel tending oil fields. The people on this list shows that there is more to the region that what outsiders want to think. Good job and congratulations to all of them.
Congrats!
Posted by Green Man, Manama, Bahrain on 11 October 2009 at 15:27 UAE time

Congradulations to Talal Al Zain, you truly deserve the recognition Cannot help noticing that a lot of people are missing from the "list"...for instance people like Elham Hassan, Kamal Ahmed, Ali Ahmed Radhi, Huda Noonoo..just to name a few...list seems very incomplete...
Gulf state's 50 most influentail people
Posted by Mazen Al Basri, Manama, Bahrain on 6 October 2009 at 15:56 UAE time

Congraltulations to Mr Talal Al Zain you really deserve it after your long experience, dedication and commitment and congratulations to Mr Esam Janahi who derserves it as well for what he has achieved and who built a big name for GFH. I congratulate the rest of the people in the list also but I think some of them do not represent the top influentail people in the gulf with all respect and more infuential people like Mohammed bin Ali Al Abbar of Dubai for example
Seriously.....
Posted by Vishal, Dubai, UAE on 6 October 2009 at 10:47 UAE time

Do all publications in Dubai INSIST on being racist? Are you telling me there isn't at least ONE major businessman from the Subcontinent that has not made (or continues to make) a significant impact on the Bahrain economy?

After the poor feedback from your last few 'Power Lists', haven't you perhaps thought of giving it a break?
congratulation Mr Al muqla
Posted by Mr Khalid, manama, bahrain on 5 October 2009 at 23:07 UAE time

congratulation to this great man which deserves more.Thanks to all the work you have done to your country and people.We are all proud of you and this recognition is not strange to you.
Power List / Researchers
Posted by proud muharaqi on 1 October 2009 at 17:42 UAE time

IT IS TO BE NOTED THAT MOST OF YOUR RESEARCHERS ARE NON BAHRAINI OR THE REGION WHICH IS EVIDENT IN SOME OF THE NAMES CHOSEN. SOME OF THESE NAMES HAVE COTRIBUTED TO THE SUFFERING OF INNOCENT PEOPLE.LET US TALK AND I HAVE THE EVIDENCE AND COURAGE TO EXPLAIN FURTHER.
Congratulations Mr. Kirdar
Posted by Jameel Alawi, Manama, Bahrain on 1 October 2009 at 11:28 UAE time

We are very proud working under the guidance of you. Your enthusiasm, passionate, and the challenge have built a new generation follow your working style. inspite of the rating you are our symbol wherever we go. Congratulations.
What a load on nonsense
Posted by Proud Bahraini, Manama, Bahrain on 1 October 2009 at 11:08 UAE time

Never read such a load of rubbish in my life. The #1 position is hilarious! Was any actual research done for this? A few phone calls would have made this list look very different.......
REPLY to Upside Down list .
Posted by Abdulnabi H Ali, Manama, Bahrain on 1 October 2009 at 10:51 UAE time

Reply to Upside Down List
My Dear its not about Building its the current power list, and Mr
Al Zain is on the top simply he run the show, and by the way What Mr Atif built nothing genius or creative about its copy and paste !!, and FYI Mr. Alzain is very qualified highly organized and dedicated mature and professional attitude and the Job he is doing is very challenging and important job and he does it with reliability and honesty and commitment. God Bless him .
Congratulations Mr. Talal AlZain
Posted by Jameel Alawi, Manama, Bahrain on 1 October 2009 at 10:51 UAE time

Congratulations. Well deserved it bu Fahad. wishing more achievement in the future.
Mr. Talal Al Zain
Posted by Walid Husseini, Manama, Bahrain on 30 September 2009 at 15:31 UAE time

Cogratulations for the great success, well deserved award wishing you more and more in the coming future. Good luck Talal, keep going and God bless you.
Mr. Jamil Wafa
Posted by Walid Husseini, Manama, Bahrain on 30 September 2009 at 15:27 UAE time

Dear Khal,

Congratulations for being on the top of the list of Bahrain most influential People. In fact you have a very successful businessman in all your business ventures, a man with a major contribution to the Bahraini Economy. Am not surprised of this award granted to a man with honor, perseverence, excellent reputation and unmatched track record. We are all proud of this great achievement, God bless you and all the best inshallah.
Jamil A. Wafa CONGRATULATIONS
Posted by Johnny A. Fattaleh, Dubai, UAE on 30 September 2009 at 13:06 UAE time

Dear Jamil,
You have been always successful behind any business or project you have undertaken in your business life and it is no wonder that you are on the list of the most successful and influencial business people in Bahrain. We are proud of you and your achievements. God bless you
Upside Down List
Posted by Bahraini, manama, Bahrain on 30 September 2009 at 12:27 UAE time

to proof my point , look at who is at the top and who is at the bottom of the list ? No. 47 Mr. Atif A AbdulMalik C.E.O. and founder, of ARCAPITA, a multi billion dollar investment bank, a Bahraini that bilt with his team this wealth, was place at the bottom of the list, while Mr. Talal Al Zain a former " placement sale man " of INVESTCORP, who had nothing to do with the building of the government assets of MUMTALIKAT is at the top of the list ! ?
Comments on power lists
Posted by The Consultant, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 30 September 2009 at 11:37 UAE time

Request to AB: when issuing these power lists, can you restrict the comments that are published to ones that actually have something worthwhile to say about the individuals or the list itself?

If sycophantic employees and family members want to suck up to the rich and powerful, they should just walk across the room and congratulate them directly, instead of publishing their comments on AB.
Good compilation
Posted by Charuchith, Manama, Bahrain on 30 September 2009 at 09:44 UAE time

Extensive coverage of professionals across the various walks of life.
However noted omissions of Mohammed Kanoo, Abdulla Nass etc.
One also cant discount the influence of the Royal Family in Bahrain.
Charuchith
A well deserved achievement...
Posted by Nath, Manama, Bahrain on 30 September 2009 at 08:58 UAE time

Congratulations Mr.Jawad Habib. This is an achievement and a well earned one too. All the very best for your future and many more recognitions and achievements to come...
Congratulation
Posted by Irfan, Manama, Bahrain on 29 September 2009 at 23:11 UAE time

My heartly congratulation for your most successful bussiness men in middle east.
Congratulations Mr. Jawad Habib
Posted by Fatima Isa, Bahrain on 29 September 2009 at 17:22 UAE time

Congratulations Mr. Jawad Habib..

I think he should be part of the Top 10 .. not 14, he deserve to be .. he's really one of the best and most successful bussiness men ;)

but .. Congratulations any way
Congratulations Mr. Jawad Habib
Posted by Ali Al-Banna, Manama, Bahrain on 29 September 2009 at 17:14 UAE time

Congratulations Mr. Jawad
This is a great achievement.
We are proud to work with you under your authority at BDO JawadHabib.
amusement
Posted by feelinempowered, Manama on 29 September 2009 at 16:07 UAE time

Arabian Business has given up credibility a long time ago... But nice to see my boss' boss' boss is in there !! fat lot of good it'll do me...! What about AA al-A'ali? what about the real power holders? AB dare not mention them here, for fear of giving the positive exposure. A joke, that's what this is. meaningless list.
Congratulations Mr. Jawad
Posted by Carla Keyrouz Karam, Doha, Qatar on 29 September 2009 at 15:48 UAE time

You really deserve it, wishing you Success & Best of Luck.
Congrats Mohammed Dadabhai
Posted by Abbas (A.A.Kothambawala Co.), Manama, Bahrain on 29 September 2009 at 11:21 UAE time

excellent work as research for the list and Mohammed Dadabhai is one of the most if not THE powerful business man on this island and hats off to him and his work, what he has achived in his lifetime.
Bahrain Power list
Posted by Abu Abdullah, Manama, Bahrain on 28 September 2009 at 18:36 UAE time

Congratulations Faisal Jawad on this recognition, excellent work arabian Business no comment on the ranking,hope to see more of this in future maybe by business category/group.
look at the West List of Powerful People and Learn
Posted by Hssain Jasim, Manama 305, Bahrain on 28 September 2009 at 18:14 UAE time

Yes Sir, look at the how the west and how they rate the most powerful people and take note and learn! I am sorry to say this list is a joke! Wake up Arabian Business and have some credibilty!
Congratulation to my BOSS
Posted by To My BOSS, Bahrain on 28 September 2009 at 11:36 UAE time

Congratulation to my Boss Mr. Alzain.
He deserves it.
Faisal Jawad
Posted by Mohamed, manama, bahrain on 28 September 2009 at 11:21 UAE time

excellent work on the list and Faisal Jawad is one of the most if not THE powerful business man on this island and hats off to him and his work.
Congratulations
Posted by Mawaheb Zaidan, Manama, Bahrain on 28 September 2009 at 10:23 UAE time

Congratulations on this recognition which you really deserve, wishing you success and best of luck.
Congratulations Khamis
Posted by viswakumar, Manama, Bahrain on 28 September 2009 at 10:13 UAE time

Congratulations Khamis on this well deserved recognition.
You must be Kidding
Posted by Delmonian, Manama, Bahrain on 28 September 2009 at 09:17 UAE time

90% of the names are powerless and not known in Bahrain. There should have been a pole from inside Bahrain not from outside.. There is no credibility to recommendation.
Power Less !!!!!
Posted by Bahraini, Manama, Bahrain on 27 September 2009 at 21:15 UAE time

Sorry but seriously most of them are power less and not influence on the island, most are employees who are working for the bower full and influence people. I think you should review you list because it became a laugh.
the Bahrain list
Posted by Abu Hamza, Manama on 27 September 2009 at 20:18 UAE time

The list is a little strange. the no.1 is an employee who takes his instructions from a board. Are the members of the board less powerful? he cant do anything without board approval - he is an employee. You say :"And where Al Zain wants to go, Bahrain has the money to take him. but Bahrain has no money that is why they have so much sovereign debts. And how is the performance of mumtalakat? losses and more losses.

You have a football coach and an ex diplomat. You cant be serious with this list. Why have a list if it has no credibility.
Congrats Mona Almoayyed!
Posted by Angelo Embuldeniya, Seef, Bahrain on 27 September 2009 at 17:36 UAE time

Congrats Mona on this amazing award!
Bahrain Power List
Posted by Mohamed Juman, Manama, Bahrain on 27 September 2009 at 14:27 UAE time

Excellent effort. well done to all.
The Bahrain Power List
Posted by Sameer Alshaikh, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia on 27 September 2009 at 13:28 UAE time

The Credit should also go to the Men and Women that works so hard in the Shadow to bring forward the men and women top 50 Power List to the Sun :-)
Mona Almoayyed
Posted by Gavin Dodd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 27 September 2009 at 10:05 UAE time

Congratulations Mona on this fantastic well deserved recognition. We are all very proud of you and honoured to know you.
The Dodd Family
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