Forbes celebrating the Middle East's Top Executives and CEOs

This was Forbes Middle East's 7th annual Global Meets Local gala.

Forbes celebrating the Middle East's Top Executives and CEOs
  • “I am going to take this award on behalf of my team” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports after being awarded as one of the most influential CEO’s in the Middle East.
  • Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East was unveiled as the cover of Forbes Middle East’s Arabic October issue.

Dubai, UAE: Forbes Middle East has unveiled the region’s top executives and CEOs for 2019 at a spectacular Global Meets Local gala dinner, attended by over 200 of the Middle East’s most influential business leaders from across the world.

Revealing its rankings of the Top 50 Regional Executives Heading Global Companies and the Top 50 International CEOs Heading Local Companies, Forbes Middle East’s 7th annual celebration of leadership brought together regional representatives from the world’s biggest companies.

The 26 high-profile awardees included John Roth from General Motors, Mazin Khoury from American Express, Norm Gilsdorf from Honeywell International, Kez Taylor from ALEC and Les Males from Dubai Gold and Commodity Exchange.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, was unveiled as the cover of Forbes Middle East’s English October issue. Collecting his award, he spoke about how it is because of his team that he has achieved his success. “I am going to take this award as recognition not just of the ability to make Dubai Airports the largest and hopefully the most successful airport in the world but also on behalf of my team, drawn from 70 or 80 different nations across the world and for showing that the enterprise of Dubai can produce fantastic social and human results as well as some incredible economic successes.” said Griffiths.

Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East was unveiled as the cover of Forbes Middle East’s Arabic October issue. He is busy steering the firm towards innovative technologies such as hydrogen e-fuels that could one day rival oil and gas.

Forbes Middle East also revealed that it will be celebrating its 10th birthday next year, having been producing cutting-edge business research and world-class interviews with business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators in the Arab world since 2010.

“The connections, partnerships and indeed friendships that we have made over the last decade have been an inspiration to us,” said Justina Eitzinger, Chief Revenue Officer, addressing the crowd. “Looking ahead, we are full of gratitude and excitement.”

The gala was hosted in partnership with Humansoft as platinum partner, EFS as facilities management partner, GBM and Skyline University College as gold partners, ITL World as preferred travel partner, the Ghassan Aboud Group as strategic partner, SEDCO Capita as support partner, and Patchi as preferred chocolate partner.

You can find the full names of everyone on the Global Meets Locals lists at

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Forbes Middle East is a licensee of Forbes Media and extends the Forbes brand of journalism across the Arab world. Forbes Middle East's distinctive editorial style attracts a readership of Arab leaders, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, government officials and investors united by a belief in the spirit of free enterprise and entrepreneurial values. 

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