40 and Under: the Most Influential Young Arabs in the Middle East
Loujain al Hathloul

Industry: Culture and society

Designation: Activist

Country: Saudi Arabia

Age: 28

Country of residence: Saudi Arabia

In the year women are finally given the right to drive in Saudi Arabia, how could well-known women’s rights activist and social media figure Loujain Al Hathloul, who previously spent time in jail for defying the ban, not feature on this list? The 28-year-old is most famous for trying to drive over the border from the UAE to Saudi Arabia back in 2014 and was detained for more than two months by Saudi authorities. For the second time, this year, Al Hathloul was arrested again, but only for a short haul. Al Hathloul is married to Fahad Albutairi, who also appears on this list.