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Raed Arafat, 14th in the top of most influential Arabs 2017

Secretary of State with the Interior Ministry (MAI), Raed Arafat, has been included in the top of 100 most influential Arabs in the world, in the 14th position.

“We reveal the best of the best in our widest ever search around the globe,” Arabian Business informs.

Raed Arafat is Palestinian born in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Aged 53, Arafat founded SMURD emergency ambulance interventions, was health Minister and head of the Emergency Situations Department.

“He might have several impressive titles to his name, but Palestinian national and intensive care physician Raed Arafat particularly thrived when he created and personally funded the mobile emergency service for resuscitation and extrication (SMURD) in Romania, where he is a resident. SMURD’s impact saw him given Romanian citizenship and asked to take up the post of undersecretary of state at Romania’s health ministry to further the development of emergency medical care in the country. He has been Secretary of State at the Ministry of Internal Affairs since 2014 and also heads the department for emergency situations. It is safe to say, then, that Arafat has made his fair share of difference in the world,” arabianbusiness.com informs.

On the top position is Saudi Prince Walleed bin Talal, 62, businessman, investor and philanthropist, member of the royal family.

Among the well-known personalities in the top, there is Real Madrid’s coach, former footballer Zinedine Zidane (Algerian origin) – 5th position, multi-billionaire Carlos Slim (Lebanese origin) – 28th position and Amal Clooney (Lebanese origin), wife of actor George Clooney – 47th position.george clooney


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