Top 5 Most Powerful Saudi Women for the year 2017

The common perception about Saudi women is that they are poor and suppressed creatures with no rights. West portrays women life in Saudi Arabia as a slave who is not even allowed to take decisions of her life freely. To some extent, it may be true as Saudi women are not as free as rest of the world facilitates women. But it may be the just difference in style or format of facilitation. Saudi Arabia is a home to some most successful and dominating women in Arab society who are contributing to updating the chapters of Saudi History. These women have significant influence over the political and economic scenario of Saudi Arabia. According to the Arabian Business following is the list of top 5 most powerful women in Saudi Arabia who are marking remarkable performance in their respective fields.

Loujain Al Hathloul is nowadays the 1st most powerful woman of Saudi Arabia and third among most powerful Arab women. She drove to Saudi border from UAE and constantly tweeted this event on social media website. She was arrested last year which led in a huge following for her to support her. She also made a video of herself driving from UAE which went viral on social media. I personally do not think it is right to violate the laws of any country and I condemn this act of Loujain Al Hathloul. I also do not think she has that much following in Saudi Arabia to make her the most powerful woman, but still Arabian Business is ranking her at no. 1. She has more than 12,000 followers on her Twitter account.[irp]

Lubna Olayan is still second among most powerful Saudi women. She is CEO of a large industrial group working in Saudi Arabia with a turnover of $10 billion recently. Her company is operating from Riyadh and is participating in functions of 40 companies in Saudi Arabia. She is leading the board of directors along with her 3 siblings and is active in philanthropic organizations. She is a business tycoon and good example for Saudi ladies to follow.[irp]

Mona Al Munajjed is third most powerful Saudi Woman. She is a sociologist who won many awards for her efforts to modernize and empower women in Saudi Arabia. She is a registered author and her literature is listed among best sellers of Saudi Arabia. She holds a degree of doctorate i.e. Ph.D. from George Washington University, US. She is an active icon of Saudi women welfare organizations and has been advising for fifteen years in related field.[irp]

Haifaa Al Mansour stood at rank 4 among top 5 most powerful Saudi women. She is related to the media industry and is contributing to the development of Kingdoms as director. She got limelight through a festival smash during 2012 which separated masse into two group. One who admired her skills and motivated her for her work and the second group hated her and she had to face criticism. She even received death threats due to her backing of driving campaigns for women in Saudi Arabia. She is influencing people through her fascinating films and shows.[irp]

The fifth most powerful Saudi woman is Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran. She is first practicing lawyer of Saudi Arabia who graduated in 2013. Being so young, she is among those who have the most influence over Saudi culture, especially and inspiration for Arab women.  She is striving hard to fight for women prosperity and empowerment in Saudi Arabia. She is a first Saudi female lawyer who practically defended a client in general court of Jeddah.

Source: Arabian Business


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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.