Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the only Arab leader included on Time Magazine’s 2019 list of the world’s most influential people.
The magazine said Sheikh Mohamed has taken the lead on a number of important UAE foreign policy initiatives abroad, as well as domestic reforms.
“His penchant for risk has inspired imitators,” said Ryan Bohl, a Middle East and North Africa analyst at geopolitical risk firm Stratfor. “He’s a long-term thinker. The firm belief that the benefits outweigh the costs compel him onward.”
Other political leaders on the list include Donald Trump, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pope Francis, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
A number of other Arabs are included in the list, including Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed ‘Mo’ Salah.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a professional athlete in any sport less affected by their success or status than Mo, which is incredible because I can’t imagine the kind of pressure that comes with the intensity of adoration he receives,” wrote ‘Last Week Tonight’ host John Oliver.
“Mo is an iconic figure for Egyptians, Scousers and Muslims the world over,” he added.
Rami Malek, the Egyptian-American star of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, was also included in the list.
In the magazine, actor Robert Downey Jr. wrote that much of his Malek’s success can likely be attributed to his parents, both of whom emigrated to the United States from Egypt in the late 1970s.
“It’s yet another testament to hardworking immigrants raising their kids right and pushing our culture toward the light,” Downey wrote.
Saudi human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul and Yemeni activist Radhya Almutawakel were also included in the list.