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November 13, 2008

Emirati women - faces of the 21st Century

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Khaleejia said: I decided to make this post about Great Success that have reached by women in UAE for the last decade. May be for someone it will become more clear to understand the World of Arab woman that has been so dramatically changed from the simple Bedouin's life style about less then 50 years ago till the luxury and independence approaching to the 21st Century. But must say that according to me this changes have two sides of one medal. Anyway lets look at the one of them. As i believe that true love to your work can make history and improve your life and life of the people that are around you.
DUBAI (AFP): One year after marrying Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein of Jordan believes Emirati women are an example to Arabs of how to combine modernity and tradition. In her first interview with Western media since her wedding, Princess Haya, talked of her belief that women can be modern and still respect Arab and Muslim traditions, as they do in the United Arab Emirates.
"In my work and in our family gatherings I have closely been watching women in the Emirates, and I am in great admiration of them ... and I never fail to be amazed at the way in which they combine modernity with Arab and Muslim traditions," she said.
"I have so much respect for the way they balance the two, and genuinely believe that an Emirati woman can serve as an example of a modern Muslim woman, to the rest of the Arab and Muslim worlds ... They are proof to me that an Arab woman can be modern without feeling the need to be Westernized, as exemplified in the role of Sheikha Fatme" the president of the General Women's Union, and widow of the former president of the U.A.E. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, she said.
"I am not saying that we should not exert efforts across the Arab and Muslim worlds to further better our chances on the legal and socio-economic and political fronts, but we must respect the women's choices themselves and encourage those who simply want to live according their own dreams," she added.

Two Emirati women Aisha and Salma became the first Etihad's ever female cadet pilots! Their faces appeared on the pages of the 100 greatest women in aviation book that brought them (and every woman in the gulf region) more confident in their future. At this time Etihad Airways has over a half of a hundred Emirati cadet pilots training at Horizon, four of which are female,the first class of seven cadets were qualified for their airline transport pilot license (ATPL) in December 2008. Aisha said, “My sister is a pilot with the UAE armed forces and so female aviators throughout history have always played an important part in my life. My inclusion in this book is a great inspiration and I look forward to flying the flag for female Emirati pilots across the world with Etihad.” This month two new classes for Emirati cadet pilots of Etihad programme again start their work inviting more women.


Maitha Jasem,Amani Nasser, Shayma Al Reyami, Wa'ad Al Mansouri, - the female version of the Emirati Traveller Group that drove around the UAE filming everything on the tape. So what is the reason of such action? Awad Bin Mejren, the group leader said, "In ancient times, women had lots of responsibilities in life. They played so many roles And as modern women, we have been promoted to senior positions. We now want to emphasize that we women can do what men do,"
I personally like what Maitha said,"Emirati women can reach higher levels and preserve their traditions too."
Emirati women to become leaders

The 21st Century Emirati Woman named Six Zayed University students among 200 participants as public speaking champions at: My Future as a Citizen and Leader competitions. The winners got certificates of Public Speaking Excellence and were invited to take a part in specialized leadership training. This project encouraged young Emirati women's participation and leadership in public life and raised public awareness of the important role of women in the future of the UAE.
Some part of the winners' speech:
Noor Saif Nasser Moahmmed Al Suwaidi told the audience: "What makes us qualified to be future leaders is based on what we do today as university students, from gaining experience to learning new tools. It is what you are today that gives you the reasons to become a future leader, and my reason for wanting to become a leader is the love I have for my country and community."
Mona Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Musmari expressed her worries saying:"I think it is very difficult to lead today when people are not truly participating in decisions. If you don't give people an opportunity to really be engaged, they won't stay."
The winners noticed that the workshop helped them to realize the characteristics of a successful public speaking and to understand who they really want to be.Hussa Salem Al Romaithin added that the workshops taught her "to be passionate and to work hard in order to reach my goals and most importantly to be positive not only in speech but in everything in life."
Contest winners have been receiving additional leadership training and taking on roles as student leaders and mentors in the new Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Center for Leadership.

Leila Suhail, Executive Director of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) - the annual shopping festival in the emirate
Fatima Al Ghasimi: Al Ghasimi graduated in June 2007 and opened her own jewelry company in July 2006. She studied Jewelry Management, a course sponsored by Damas. She is also a member in Hamad Bin Rashid Institution that supports Youth programs.

Al Ghasmi sees that women's role in business has clearly grown. 'Today, we see many local women at the executive level. This is something we haven't seen before and it encourages all other women to lead their way in the business world and many housewives are gaining ambition to go out and start their own business.'
Khdijah Al Bloushi: Al Bloushi graduated last year from the Information section of DWC. She has already received a number of job offers, including from Sama Dubai TV, which she is most likely to take.

Al Bloushi believes that being a DWC student helped her greatly receiving these offers. 'In DWC, we really get all the needed training to join the world of business. What we have learned here made us wanted by many companies, especially the information section students, who apply everything they learn immediately.'

She adds: 'Personally, I volunteered a lot, including making films for different campaigns. These activities usually come through the Students Council to which I was the vice president. We used to organize a lot of activities in cooperation with other colleges and this has added much to my resume.'

Al Bloushi agrees that women have a strong presence in the business community today. However, she assures that Emirates women have previous experience in business, but that it didn't as much of an international reach as it does today.

'Life has changed and thoughts have changed. This paved the way for local women to enter into the business world. And one of the basic facilitators here is the governmental support.'

In partnership with her colleague, Al Bloushi hopes to establish a private production company within 10 years. She confesses: 'We have all the potential, along with the team we want to work with, which consists 100 per cent of locals.'


Kholood Sharafi (emirian)

presented her work on the exhibition for young talents in Dubai. In the base of her work she took an image of the egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum that by Kholoud words is very different from anyone's else personality... She loves her country and working on her dreams and hopes about it. Between it there is place for her own dreams as to create a brand of her own.

Nawal Khouri (Emirian)

She looking for non-standard ideas for her art. She is emotional person that needs to be expressed. Her ambitious inspire her to make unique work.

Nawal dreams of a street wall somewhere in Dubai where "artists from all around the world could come and express what they feel by their work.

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Fourteen Emirati women spent one week in Switzerland last summer cause of the ‘Art Basel’ exhibition as part of the ‘Art Exchange Program’, launched by Her Highness Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Womens Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for Presidential Affairs.
the Art Exchange Programme had been suggested to promoting artistic and cultural ties between the UAE and the world. Underscoring the role of the UAE woman in art, it aims to open new vistas for Emirati girl students, enabling them to experience contemporary art of international context.


Sheikha Madiya Bin Hasher Al Maktoum entered the record books when she became the first national woman to complete an international 160km endurance ride. A delighted Sheikha Madiya said: "General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defense, is my inspiration. He has supported me in my ambition. "My aim is to become a member of the UAE team..' "I have 25 horses at my stable in Dubai and have six more coming from the US, plus another six that will stay here in training. My goal is to encourage more UAE ladies to take up endurance and to establish a team of UAE ladies who would compete internationally," she added. (The Gulf News, 01/09/2004)


Emirati Shamma Al Muhairi has struck gold and made history at the West Asian Games. The UAE national became the first-ever woman to win a gold medal at the Games with success in the 25m pistol event.

Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's victory in the DSF Karate Open Championship, where she defeated Turkey’s Miral Amaz in the final Sheikha Maitha’s victory was witnessed by her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister


Eida Al Muhairbi, a UAE national and the first professional golf player from a GCC country believes it is the most suitable game for Arab women. "Golf is the game Arab women can choose because they can play it while respecting their culture, tradition and religious values,” she said.

Formula One
Emirati Nahla Al Rostumani spends her all time in the Race School at Dubai Autodrome that making her the first Emirati woman to navigate the circuit since it opened in October 2004.

Slipping into the driving seat of a powerful Subaru Impreza WRX STi, with its two-litre 315bhp engine, reinforced tyres and modified suspension, did not faze Nahla at all. "My aim is to beat Schumacher,” she laughs, as she pulls a white balaclava over her head and grabs a racing helmet. "There are no Formula One drivers in the GCC so I aim to be the first.
Khouloud Ahmed Jawan Al Dhaheri made a history by becoming the first national woman judge in the UAE

Here I presented articles that represent only one of the sides of the medal I hope nobody will understand me wrong now,I just want to say that there is something else to be said as it is really important as for the growing position women in UAE as for the every woman in the world… so, to be continued..


  1. emirati women should really stick their hair back inside their hijabs.

  2. Ange,agree ,actually every woman should cover her properly. 30% girls in Emirate have tend to show out at least their bangs as they re oriented on the west but religiousness of women (or men) still on the first place to be accepted in the society. Fashion, glamour and luxury that have been faced for the last 10-20 years by the emiratis became such a temptation that affected the youngest,but the women in emirate comparing with same women in other arab countries are one of the most respected, traditional, religious and same time modern women. reaching the high position she keeps on shaila on her head as nowdays unfortunatly hardly find somewhere else.

  3. ofcourse.. i love the fact they they wear beautiful abayas - its just a shame about the hair poking out.

  4. Salaamualaikum!

    Firstly i LOVE ur blogs, i love the khaleeji lifestyle, but i get so sad when i see most of it because to me, they're not very religious. not speaking for all, but especially the women. it seems the more they get into fashion and "westernization" the more islam they LOSE, and i really pray that women can find the balance. even the kind of UAE is rediculous and seems to have no islamic value aside from the way he dresses. :( sad man!

    inshaallah all is well but other than that i think mixing fashion with covering PROPERLY is a very good thing to blog about!!


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