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TAKREEM was created as a venue in which to recognize outstanding accomplishments of Arab men and women. Through the TAKREEM Achievement Awards excellence in the Arab world is identified and highlighted, communicating to the level of experience and expertise among organizations and individuals present among Arabs living throughout the world.

Awards are given in ten categories including Innovation for Education and the Young Entrepreneur Award. In 2011 the Award for the Advancement of Peace went to the Arab Youth Movement, an organization that played a significant role in the movements of January 17th, February 25,  illustrating that regime change can be enacted through peaceful, non-violent mechanisms. Journalist and writer, Souhayr Belhassen has always wished to “give a voice to the voiceless.” She was recognized as the 2011 Arab woman of the year for her activism, particularly her leadership in the Ligue Tunisienne de Défense des Droits de l’Homme (LTDH), which saved 18 Tunisians from certain death after they had been found guilty of taking part in the bread riots in 1984.

TAKREEM is overseen and operated by a distinguished group of people, comprising an advisory board, a selection committee, the honorary board and an international jury. Those who serve TAKREEM include Her Majesty Queen Noor El Hussein, Fuad El Hibri, Lebanese businessman and Chairman and CEO of Emergent BioSolutions and Dr. Martin Vincent Battle, an American diplomat who is the former Ambassador to Lebanon and has been a member of the Foreign Service since 1977.


ArabianBusiness.com focuses on the business of Arabs around the globe. The site’s Power 500 list identifies the world’s most influential Arabs, chronicling their achievements; a veritable who’s who among the most successful Arabs in the world. Men and women on the list contribute to a variety of fields including banking and finance, construction, media, culture and industry, science, and sports. Currently topping the list at #1 and #2 on the Power 500 are Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed and Google marketing chief, Wael Ghonim. It was Ghonim who recently became the face and driving force behind Egypt’s uprising, resulting in the dramaticousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

The Power 500 entries for those hailing from the Middle East have recently been on the rise with 69 on the list from the UAE, 62 from Saudi Arabia and 45 from Egypt. Lebanese businessman Fuad El Hibri with a focus on global health issues is #89 and Reem Acra, also Lebanese, is #448. El Hibri is the CEO and chairman of the US-based company Emergent BioSolution and is driving the search for critical vaccines for devastating diseases such as Meningitis B, typhoid, hepatitis B and tuberculosis. Acra is a fashion designer known especially for her bridal gowns, signature use of embroidery and celebrity customers. Her clothing is sold in exclusive stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

ArabianBusiness.com also features a Fame List, currently topped by Nancy Ajram, the singer from Lebanon who has sold more than 30 million records and was named by Oprah Winfrey as one of the most influential personalities of the Middle East. Ajram is also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and Coca Cola’s first female spokesperson from the Middle East.