In order to measure the influence of some Muslims in the political, religious, or artistic area, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) has established a list of the most powerful figures in the Muslim community worldwide. Based in Jordan, this think tank studies the power of these personalities to make changes and impacts the Muslim world. In this article, we will focus on today’s most influential politicians in the Arab world. Arab politicians who also are vying for the top candidates in the RISSC personality ranking.
King Abdullah II, Jordan
He is the eldest son of King Hussein and succeeds his father to the throne in 1999. He studied in Amman, England and the United States to build an exemplary military career. Although he was not destined to reign, he finds himself at the head of the Hashemite Kingdom by the will of his father. Since 1999, King Abdullah II is known and recognized not only in the Middle East but also in the international community.
His policy focused on modernization of the economy and the Jordanian society has allowed a real economic progress in the country. The reforms and peace cooperation signed with countries like Israel and the United States confirm the Jordanian position in the Arab peace initiative.
Salman of Saudi Arabia, the King of Saudi Arabia
He took the reins of Saudi Arabia on the death of his half brother King Abdullah in 2015. He continued the policy of his kingdom, especially in initiatives for peace. He has confirmed political experience and is known for his influence in the national and international community. He has represented the interests of his country on many occasions during the reign of his brother.
His international political career began with visits in the Western world and Asia, if until 2012, he was rather devoted to the internal affairs of the kingdom. Before that, for nearly 50 years he ruled Ryad and is seen as the one who developed this city in the desert.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE
He is the emir of Dubai and also held the position of Vice President, Prime Minister and Minister of the UAE defense since 2006. He also has an immense fortune, making him one of the richest rulers in the world. He is undoubtedly one of the most powerful politicians in the Arab world.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was the main instigator of Dubai transformation project
into a luxury tourism destination as it is known today. The sheikh is also known for his humanitarian commitment and generosity. In addition to charitable donations, he also participates in various fundraising organized by charities in the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere to support community causes. Fair by nature, the Emir hates corruption.