Women in the Arab world have been smashing the patriarchy over the years, and their influence across various industries is proof of that.

Forbes Middle East recently released its list of "100 most influential women in the Middle East" ... and women from Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates dominated the list.

"The region is undergoing a paradigm shift with women-led businesses dominating major sectors," said Khuloud Al Omian, the editor in chief of Forbes Middle East.

With a total of 18 Egyptian women making it to the ranking, Egypt, a Middle Eastern country situated in North Africa, saw the highest number of women represented from a single country.

A number of Egyptian women are taking on managerial roles in countries outside of Egypt, including Elham Mahfouz, who ranked 16 on the list. 

Mahfouz is one of the most prominent businesswomen in Kuwait. She is the CEO of the Commercial Bank of Kuwait, the second-oldest bank in the Gulf country.

Women from the telecommunications sector in Egypt also made it to the ranking, including Rasha El-Azhary, CFO of Vodafone Egypt, as well as Marwa El-Ayouti, CFO of Orange Egypt.

"Women across the Middle East are coming to the forefront"

A total of 13 Lebanese women made it to the ranking, making it the second highest number of women from a single country.

The UAE saw the third highest number with 11 women making it to the ranking. Emirati Raja Easa Al Gurg - managing director of Easa Saleh Al Gurg - ranked No. 2 on the list.

"Countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia have showcased most gender diverse cabinets and the landscape is ever evolving," Al Omian said.

Saudi businesswoman Lubna Al Olayan, CEO of Olayan Financing, took the No. 1 spot on the list

That's not all. Nine women on the list are AUB alumnae

For the first time, 16 expat women taking on roles in the Middle East made it to the ranking

Check the full list here.