40 and Under: the Most Influential Young Arabs in the Middle East
Fahad Albutairi

Industry: Entertainment and media

Designation: Comedian

Country: Saudi Arabia

Age: 32

Country of residence: Saudi Arabia

Most often given the moniker “the Seinfeld of Saudi Arabia”, Al Khobar-born Fahad Albutairi says he was initially hesitant about how Saudi audiences would receive his comedy. However, his first Saudi show in 2009 attracted more than 1,200 people, and since then he has performed regularly in his native country and around the world. Albutairi is perhaps best known, however, for his YouTube shows, most notably ‘La Yekhar’. Since it was launched in 2010, the monologue-based satirical show has accrued more than one million subscribers, and garnered over 100 million hits.