10 Inspirational GCC Influencers You NEED to Follow on Instagram
They've all done some pretty amazing things
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Her Highness Sayyida Basma Al Said (@basmaaalsaid) can be credited for reaching great heights in the world of mental health awareness. The princess is a clinical counselor who founded a mental health clinic in Oman, called the Whispers of Serenity Clinic for Mental Health. She has received the “Extraordinary Woman Award17” and the “Golden Recognition Award” by the Arab Women Council along with giving a TEDXMuscatWoman talk on mindfulness.
Enjy Kiwan (@enjykiwan) is a master of ceremonies (MC), presenter, social influencer and mother of two.
Prior to her life in the spotlight, Kiwan worked as an investment banker for ten years. She eventually quit her day job to pursue her dreams, and is now one of the most sought-after presenters in The UAE. While still working in the financial industry, Kiwan founded a successful home décor company called Rubaibikia.
As a humanitarian, she is affiliated with the UNICEF for her generous contributions and is extremely passionate about not only charity work but also giving back to the community.
Kiwan, while engaged in the banking industry, built a successful home décor company called Rubaibikia. As a humanitarian, Enjy is affiliated with the UNICEF for her generous contributions and is extremely passionate about not only charity work but also giving back to the community.
Her Excellency Sara Al Madani (@sara_almadani_) is a blogger and influencer from Sharjah. She is the youngest board member of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Known for her abaya boutique, Rouge Couture, Al Madani is passionate about curating fashionable, yet modest, clothing options for women. She is also a motivational speaker and the founder of Shabarbush Resturant in Sharjah.
She has firmly believed in the importance of allowing women who wear traditional clothing to be given stylish options since she was 15.
Her Highness Shaikha Noora (@sh.n.alkhalifa) is an entrepreneur from Bahrain and the national brand ambassador of the International Non-Olympic University. She holds a Master of Media & Public Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from New York University.
In addition to completing her duties as a member of the royal family of Bahrain, she works as an auditor and a graphic designer. Her Highness is also an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Arab Union to protect intellectual property rights.
When she's not pursuing her entrepreneurial endeavours, Shaikha Noora is a speaker and works to shut down fake social media con-artist accounts.
She has been elected as the member of the Board of Directors for the Arab Union to protect intellectual property rights.
She has also managed to accomplish the above and more while still balancing her duties as a part of the royal family which is why she is seen as a source of motivation for all.
Hanane Fathallah, (@curvynounzie) is a blogger and advocate for plus-sized fashion in the Middle East. She puts together different looks dedicated to plus-sized women's fashion, while continuously stressing the importance of body positivity.
Fathallah is the founder of “The Middle East Plus-Sized Fashion Bloggers,” an online community where she (and other MENA bloggers) share their looks.
Jessica Kahawaty (@jessicakahawaty) a Lebanese-Australian is a humanitarian and fashion model - and is one of the most talented people on social media within the region.
Kahawaty is a law graduate and beauty queen (Miss World Australia 2012) - beauty and brains! She is also the face and presenter for Yahoo Maktoob's new entertainment shows: 'OMG! NOW' and 'OMG! NUJOOM.
In addition to her public life, Kahawaty also works closely with UNICEF and conducts her own charity events.Jessica won Miss World Australia 2012 and had participated in numerous beauty pageants since then.
With regards to her acting career, she has filmed various commercials for known brands such as Maybelline Cosmetics for India and Lexus cars for Australia. She has also been featured in major catwalks, magazines, and photo-shoots around and across the globe.
Naomi D'Souza (@naomi_dsoua) is a full-time strategy consultant and a part-time blogger. Despite only blogging in her free time, her blog is among the top 100 blogs in the U.A.E. Following her latest culinary adventures, stay-cations and selfies with her pet Yorkie are her 78k fan following. She can found among the 100 most influential Asians and Top 100 most influential influencers in UAE.
She is an inspirational individual, as she has managed to earn a place in the competitive world of blogging while also balancing a career as a mechanical engineering.
Najwa Zebian (@najwazebian) is a Lebanese- Canadian poet and speaker who has written books like “Mind Platter” and “Sparks of Phoenix”. Her interest and passion for language became apparent from a young age when she eagerly dived into the depths of Arabic poetry, novels and other pieces of literature.
Zebian became a teacher as well as a doctoral candidate in educational leadership. One of her first teaching batches were a group of refuges whom she helped find solace in her writing. Through this she managed to heal her own wounds formed when she was a 16 year old, navigating through personal hardships. She is a successful author who has given a voice to many.
Saygin Yelcin (@sayginyalcin) is the founder of the first and largest online private shopping club in the Middle East, Sukar.com, Yelcin also built an online platform to sell automobiles titled- “sellanycar.com” from scratch.
He has been deemed “the region’s online business guru” by the National newspaper in the UAE, while Arabian Business considers him as one of the region’s finest young entrepreneurs.
Salama Mohamed (@salamamohamed) the Pink Caravan ambassador for breast cancer awareness. Passionate about humanitarian work, Salama, who is also an avid fashionista, is the founder of Pearl by S- a company that produces jewellery.
The mother of two can be considered a role model as she has a condition called vitiligo (characterized by patches of skin loosing pigment) which she wears with a smile. She encourages her audience to not be concerned with conditions like such and instead be confident.