For years, one of the criticisms of Hotelier Middle East's annual Power 50 list is that there are no women included in the make-up of the list.

Considering the fact that not even 5% of all Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs, we're hard-pressed to find a woman CEO in the Middle East and North Africa hospitality industry. So, women in leadership is definitely a business issue. 

The number of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) hospitality sector may be set to increase. While the region has lagged behind, more mature markets such as Europe have acknowledged that gender diversity is an issue and has evolved to recognise it as an important element in the operations of any successful organisation.

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Far-reaching initiatives to promote female representation in the workforce are beginning to receive backing from the private and public sectors, and this is having a positive effect on the hospitality industry throughout the Middle East.

So we've decided to create a list that pays homage to the women at the top of their careers working in the hospitality industry in the region. 

If you believe you should be included in the list, please fill out our survey here