Iraqi-born, London-based starchitect Zaha Hadid has been listed as the 21st most powerful Arab woman of 2015 by Arabian Business (AB) magazine.
AB said the architect “followed up 2014’s unveiling of Qatar’s first World Cup stadium with incredible designs for Beijing’s new airport terminal, scheduled to open in 2018, and the Bee’ah Headquarters in Sharjah, to name but two.
“[Hadid] is enjoying a stellar period, with Zaha Hadid Holdings enjoying a $16 million hike in turnover from $56.8 million to almost $74 million for the year up to 30 April 2014.
“New revenue streams such as Central America have helped Hadid cement her position as one of the world’s leading architects. The Middle East is one of her most profitable regions, with work including the Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia, and the new Central Bank of Iraq, but as yet there are no plans to open a satellite office in the region.”