Here Are 5 Influential Women In Saudi Arabia You NEED To Know About

Hera Shabbir

The Kingdom’s pride and joy all lie in these women who have achieved major milestones and made Saudi shine in impeccable ways

Saudi Arabia is home to many influential ladies who have made breakthroughs in social stereotypes. From directing a hit movie to running a demanding business, these women are your next reason to be not only proud, but to celebrate the capability and talent within the Kingdom.

HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar

Her Royal Highness Princess Reema is known as the first first Saudi woman to become the Ambassador to the United States. She is also known to speak up for women’s right within and outside the Kingdom and constantly works towards advocating the movement. The Princess is also also a permanent member of UNESCO and is also the founder and CEO of Alf Khair. This social enterprise looks to elevate the professional capital and careers of Saudi women. This amazing woman is constantly on the move, and was even part of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Lubna AlOlayan

This boss lady is known to be Chairman to the Saudi British Bank (SABB), making her the first Saudi woman to ever lead a bank. Lubna was also listed in Time Magazine’s top 100 Most Influential People in 2005. She also still remains on Forbes list of Most Powerful Women until today, and is making Saudi super proud of it. However, Lubna doesn’t end at business, she is also a philanthropist and has contributed to numerous charities, and is on the Board of the Down Syndrome Charitable Association.

Mishaal Ashemimry


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This legendary woman has definitely made it to the top as the first woman in the GCC to ever become an aerospace engineer. Mishaal had also established her own rocket company, MISHAAL Aerospace, at just the age of 26! She aspires to build and design rockets to launch small satellites. When not busy thriving in aerospace, the genius also has a YouTube channel on which she spreads her knowledge online, with amazing tips and tricks.

Haifa Al Mansour


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This extraordinary woman has been ranked second place on Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Arab Women. She is Saudi’s most well-known directors, and genius behind the major hit film, Wadjda. Al Mansour took this movie all the way to the Oscars to be nominated as Best Foreign Language Movie!

Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran


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This powerful woman is known as the first female attorney licensed to practice law in the Kingdom, and founded her very own female law firm. Her firm focuses on women’s rights and giving them the equal opportunity to tell their stories in court. She is also listed as number 7 on the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Arabian Business.



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