Zeina Soufan

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Zeina Soufan
Zeina Soufan, Emirates Palace (2016).jpg
OccupationJournalist, news presenter, author
Years active1993–present
TelevisionOil and gas, Money Map

Zeina Soufan (Arabic: زينة صوفان‎) is a Lebanese journalist and television host based in Dubai.[1][2][3][4] Soufan is senior business editor at Dubai Media Incorporated and host of "Money Map" show on Dubai TV.[5] She is also an independent author and digital content creator.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Soufan in 1994

Zeina Soufan was born in Saida, Lebanon. Her family fled the Lebanese civil war and moved to Saudi Arabia where Zeina finished her school years before moving back to Lebanon briefly and then to Egypt. In February 1993, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University in Cairo.[7][8][9]


Soufan with Sheikh Mohammed
Soufan with Christine Lagarde

Zeina Soufan produced and presented News reports, bulletins and television shows throughout her career.[10] She interviewed public figures, leaders and government Officials and produced hard political and business news in addition to feature stories from around the globe.[11][12]

She started her career with Lebanese Future Television in 1993 in Beirut before moving to Reuters news agency as a Beirut correspondent in 1995. Among her notable assignments were the field coverage of the 1994 Israeli blitz in south Lebanon dubbed "Operation Accountability" and the 1996 "War of Wrath" during which Israeli forces committed he Qana Massacre. In the year 2000, Zeina was among the first journalists to enter south Lebanon hours after Israel withdrew its forces from the occupation zone.[13] [14]

Soufan moved back to television in 1998 to join Dubai Business Channel. In 2004, she joined Al Arabiya and was among the core team that launched the top pan Arab business show "Al Aswaq Al Arabiya". In 2011, she moved to Dubai TV where she still produces and presents the channel's main weekly business show "Money Map".[15]

Zeina Soufan is a public speaker and moderator at high profile events, including global forums such as The World Economic Forum and the World Government Summit.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]In 2019, She was chosen to be a jurist in Dubai Smart Government Competition under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashed Al Maktoum.[24][25][26]


Soufan continues to write articles and opinion columns. Her work is published in some of the region's top Newspapers and websites such as Alhayat, Asharq Al-Awsat, Alarabiya Net and Emarat Al Youm.[27][28] [29]


In 2016 she won the Best Arab Business Journalist Award in a ceremony held in Amman, Jordan.


Year Title Role Channel
2000–2002 Min Lubnan bil Arqam Producer, Presenter Dubai Business Channel
2005 Portfolio Producer Arabiya Channel
2007–2008 Oil and Gas Producer, Presenter Arabiya Channel
2010–2011 Biddirham Producer, Presenter Dubai TV
2013–present Money Map Producer, Presenter Dubai TV


  1. ^ "Lahamag". Lahamag.(in Arabic)
  2. ^ "Dubai TV". Dubai TV host Zeina Soufan.
  3. ^ "Awaan". Zeina Soufan presents "Money Map" show on Dubai TV.
  4. ^ "Aliqtisadi". Directory of Arab Personalities(in Arabic).
  5. ^ "Facebook". Money Map Facebook Page.[non-primary source needed]
  6. ^ "Youtube". Youtube videos.
  7. ^ "Zeinasoufan.com". Biography.
  8. ^ "Startimes". Q&A / Bio (in Arabic).
  9. ^ "Annahar". Interview with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Lebanon.(in Arabic and Arabic)
  10. ^ "Biddirham". Zeina Soufan presents "Biddirham".
  11. ^ "Gulf News". Interview with Sultan Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World.
  12. ^ "Annahar". Interview with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Lebanon.
  13. ^ Zeina Soufan (10 March 1996). "Hooked on Phoenicians". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. p. 31.
  14. ^ Zeina Soufan (20 April 1996). "Sag den Ärzten, sie sollen mich sterben lassen". Nürnberger Nachrichten. Reuters.
  15. ^ "Awaan". Money Map Show on Dubai TV.(in Arabic)
  16. ^ "Blog.twitter.com". Twitter host.
  17. ^ "Almentor". Mentor on the Arab world's leading mentors website.
  18. ^ "NNA". Invited by lebanon's lions club to give a public lecture about personal finance.(in Arabic)
  19. ^ "Weforum". Profile at the World Economic Forum.
  20. ^ "Flickr". The World Economic Forum, 2015.
  21. ^ "Annahar". at Annahar with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health of Lebanon.(in Arabic)
  22. ^ "Flickr". Dubai Press Club.
  23. ^ "Albayan". With Ghassan Hasbani.(in Arabic)
  24. ^ "Youtube". Jurist at Smart Government Competition Official video.
  25. ^ "Albayan". Jurist at Smart Government Competition.(in Arabic)
  26. ^ "Entrepreneur Alarabiya". Jurist at Smart Government Competition – Enrepreneur.
  27. ^ "Emarat Alyoum". Article.(in Arabic)
  28. ^ "Alhayat". Article.(in Arabic)
  29. ^ "Ammanxchange". Article.(in Arabic)

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