UAE's 11 most powerful LinkedIn CEO profiles

Eleven leaders of UAE companies who reigned supreme on the professional networking site in 2016.

Meryl D'Souza January 25, 2017

If earning a bigger paycheque is one of your goals for 2017, you may be happy to know that recruitment in the UAE increased by 30 per cent in the final quarter of last year and is expected to steadily rise as we head towards Expo 2020.

However if you've been looking for new employment for a while with no luck, you may want to take a look at your LinkedIn profile. Why? Because it’s like Facebook for recruiters. Like it or not your potential employer is going to internet stalk you and the last thing you want your employer to see – apart from your Facebook profile that’s flooded with memes – is your basic LinkedIn page that still lists that coffee making job you had fresh out of college. 

It's time you learnt to wield the power of the world’s largest professional network. We could give you tips on how to do it, but why tell you when we can show you. For the first time ever, LinkedIn has released a list of the most powerful profiles in the UAE. The site uses member data to pull profile views for a particular year to determine its most powerful profiles across various fields. 

We chose to stick with the most powerful CEO profiles because, like we told you before, no title in the region pays more. So here, take a look and learn from LinkedIn’s 11 most powerful CEO profiles in the UAE for 2016 (in no particular order) and take some tips. Remember, these 11 stand out from the three million LinkedIn members in the UAE, so they must be doing something right.

Abdullatif Alsayegh
Founder/CEO, Alsayegh Media

Seven years ago, Abdullatif Alsayegh was forced to start from scratch following the financial crisis. While jobs were being lost, Alsayegh decided to launch his independent agency, Alsayegh Media (AM). Today, AM is one of the fastest growing communications businesses in the region and one of the few independent consultancies owned and built by a UAE national.

Before his current role he was CEO at Arab Media Group overseeing nine radio stations, three TV stations and three newspapers. Before that he was a radio and TV presenter, producer and director. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.

Alain Bejjani
CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Holding

Bejjani joined the Dubai conglomerate in 2006 as vice president of legal before rising through the ranks, becoming head of business development and brand, before eventually taking the reigns as CEO in 2015.

Before Majid Al Futtaim, Bejjani was partner at a law firm and before that was executive vice chairman of Investment Development Authority of Lebanon. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.

Dr Mohaymen Abdelghany (right)
CEO, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai

The senior physician & healthcare executive has over 25 years' of global experience in medicine. As well as running Al Zahra Hospital Dubai, he helped achieve a new Guinness World Record in 2015 when 2,400 cholesterol readings were taken in eight hours. 

He was previously CEO at Saudi German Hospital Dubai and Al Sharq Healthcare, and was educated at Harvard Business School. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.

Hatem Dowidar
CEO International, Etisalat Group

After more than 16 years in various leadership roles for Vodafone in Egypt, South Africa, Malta and the United Kingdom, Dowidar took charge of the telecom group last year. He is currently a board member at Barclays Egypt, Maroc Telecom Morocco and Etisalat Nigeria. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.

Henrik Christiansen
CEO, Alshaya Enterprises

Christiansen, who has been with Alshaya since 2014, is also the company's COO. He is responsible for 30 strategic business units within the company and reports directly to the chairman of the board. 

He was previously the executive director at Bukhatir Group and has also been the president and CEO of UNIPODS LLC, the largest manufacturer of pre-engineered bathroom and kitchens pods to the GCC construction industry. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.

Linda A. Clark
CEO, Corniche Hospital

The senior healthcare executive with extensive experience in complex hospital/system settings both internationally and in the USA has been spearheading Corniche Hospital since 2014. Before that she was senior advisor at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company.

With an impressive CV that has taken her back and forth from the US to the UAE, Clark has also been COO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and operating chief at Zayed Military Hospital. Check out her LinkedIn profile here.

Mohammed Abdul Rahim Al Fahim
CEO, Paris Gallery Group of Companies

A member of the Al Fahim family, Mohammed Abdul Rahim joined the family business soon after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1996, since when Paris Gallery’s shareholders have enjoyed increasing annual returns. 2011 was the company's most successful year in its almost two-decade-long history of retail and distribution, with revenues crossing the $1bn mark. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.

Nigel J. Green
CEO, deVere Group

With over 80,000 clients and some $10 billion of funds under advice and management, Green undoubtedly leads one of the most influential independent financial consultancies in the world. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.

Nilesh Khalkho
CEO, Sharaf DG

Arriving in the UAE in 2002, this Jharkhand native moved to Sharaf DG as Head of Retail Operations in 2004 and was made CEO in 2008. Today, the brand has more than 19 stores in UAE and Bahrain. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.

Peter Baumgartner
CEO, Etihad Airways

The Swiss-born CEO has spent 12 years with the Abu Dhabi airline, taking over as CEO last year. Before that he was chief commercial officer for the carrier. He previously worked for Swiss International Airlines. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.

Raed Al Nuaimi
CEO, DXB Entertainments, owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts

A study by Euromonitor International suggested that theme park revenues for the UAE would reach $837m in 2019, and Raed Al Nuaimi is going to be responsible for much of that. He was previously CEO DPR at Meraas Group and was also a partner of a baking and cake start-up. Check out his LinkedIn profile here.