This year, on December 2, 2022, the UAE will celebrate 51 years since its unification.
Through the years, Emirates woman has continued to champion a host of inspiring Emirati women who continue to make an impact on future generations.
From entrepreneurs to pioneers in their industry, each woman has made a remarkable impact and always remembers how the UAE has played a pivotal role in making them better.
In just under five decades, the UAE has changed dramatically and has become a hub of travel, culture, business and more, providing opportunities for many people around the world and inspiring women to settle in this part of the world. .
To delve deeper into the archives this National Day, Emirates woman shares some of the most powerful quotes shared by prominent UAE women.
Her Highness Sheikha Sana Al Maktoum
The cover star of Emirates Woman April 2021: The Gratitude Issue, Her Highness Sheikha Sana Al Maktoum, is a proud businesswoman and founder of her eponymous jewelery brand, Sana Al Maktoum Fine Jewellery. Having grown up in Dubai, Sheikha Sana has always been inspired by the energy of her country and the endless opportunities the UAE has for her.
“Growing up, I have seen the United Arab Emirates go from being a young nation to achieving one milestone after another,” he previously said of his country.
Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum
Her Highness Sheikha Latifah Al Maktoum is dedicated to excellence. As our September 2020 cover star, Her Highness, the daughter of Sheikh Ahmed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum and Sheikha Hessa bint Rashid Al Maktoum, shared what it takes to keep your mind in champion mode.
Sheikha Latifah has spearheaded women’s sports in the United Arab Emirates. She is an equestrian athlete who competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, becoming the first woman to represent the United Arab Emirates at the Olympics.
In an interview with Emirates woman, said: “When I was thirteen years old, I saw the Dubai Show Jumping team train and I thought, I want to be in that team. Realizing that I had to prove myself, I worked very hard and made the team.”
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Al Maktoum
Emirates Woman November 2020: The Fine Jewelery Issue cover star Sheikha Mozah Al Maktoum shared her pride in the UAE and the opportunities the country has provided her throughout her career.
“I am very proud to become the first Emirati woman to join the Dubai Police as a helicopter pilot,” she said. Emirates woman of his proudest moment. “Serving my country by doing what I love to do the most is simply the best feeling, and I am deeply grateful for that.”
Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Khalifa bin Saif Al Nahyan
In the world of fine jewelry, Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Khalifa bin Saif Al Nahyan made a name for herself as an entrepreneur after launching her brand, MKS Jewellery. Her collections have always been inspired by the United Arab Emirates and are there to empower women.
“Women in the United Arab Emirates are starting to find their voices in a different way than previous generations,” she said of the United Arab Emirates. “I feel blessed to be a part of such a rich and storied culture, and feel empowered to stand on the shoulders of the many millions of women who have come before me.”
Sheikha Bodour bin Sultan Al Qasimi
Her Excellency Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi is a leader in the publishing space. From being the founder and CEO of the Kalimat Group to being the first Arab woman to become president of the International Publishers Association, Sheikha Bodour is leading the way for women both in the region and globally. She is particularly proud of her country and the opportunities she provides women from all walks of life.
“In the last ten years, we have seen a great change with the appointment of ministers and ambassadors and pioneering women entrepreneurs in all sectors that are appearing on the scene,” she said. “The UAE has successfully created an environment where women are accepted and welcomed in these roles while ensuring a healthy balance with our culture and values.”
One person who continually inspires women is artist, designer, and educator Sarah Alagroobi.
Shedding more light on how the UAE has helped her advance her career, Alagroobi said: “I think I have been blessed to receive the privileges and the knowledge, understanding and education to be able to provide a counter narrative to the existing one. narrative in the landscape of the United Arab Emirates”.
Wdeema Al Meiri
Emirati content creator and our May 2022 cover star, Wdeema Almheiri, has always used a refined approach to creating content.
“As an Emirati woman, I am very proud to see women aiming higher and paving the way for future generations to dream and achieve without limits,” she said of her country.
Star equestrian, mechanical engineer, businesswoman and philanthropist Amna Banihashem has previously described her country as the “best place on earth”.
“What makes me proud about being a woman from the United Arab Emirates is that I am part of a country that thinks ahead and supports women in all directions and pushes them towards the future,” she said.
The Emirati entrepreneur and founder of Salama Khalfan Fine Jewelery is constantly innovating with new designs and inspiring future generations with her vision. She largely attributes her success to her country.
“I feel grateful to be from a country that does not believe in the impossible,” she said. “I feel like I grew up in an environment and environment that instilled in me the feeling that anything is possible and that it broke down any limits of limitation set by any external ideology. That in itself is something very profound.”
Sarah Al Hashmi
As a noted film director, Sarah Alhashimi has made her mark in the industry and is proud to come from a prosperous nation like the United Arab Emirates.
“I think the last 50 years have been wonderful in terms of infrastructure and creating new milestones,” he said. “My hope is that we continue to prosper as we have for all these years. Emirati women in power are not a new phenomenon. They have been in leadership roles for years and have been working hard and that makes me very proud to be a woman from the United Arab Emirates.”
With both creative and business acumen, she not only runs PR at the Museum of the Future, one of Dubai’s most iconic venues, but also runs her own fashion label, Venus THE LABEL.
“I am proud to be a woman from the United Arab Emirates because I feel loved, challenged, supported and liberated,” she previously said.
Asthma Hilal Lootah
As the founder of The Hundred Wellness Centre, Asma Hilal Lootah has created a niche in this space by focusing more on the needs of the community.
She told us: “Our hearts are full of gratitude for the gift our leadership has given us, a beautiful country to live in. We are equally grateful to the citizens and residents of the UAE, its amazing people, who work hard to give back to their communities. , making the United Arab Emirates the best country to call home.”
yasmin al mulla
The founder of her eponymous brand YNM, Al Mulla has always displayed boundless creativity in her field.
“Growing up in the United Arab Emirates is naturally inspiring, witnessing all the magnificent achievements and rapid developments urges us to work hard to maintain and develop ourselves and our goals as well. We are very motivated to represent our country in an optimistic way.”
Muna Easa Al Gurg
This prominent Emirati businesswoman is a major philanthropist and Director of Retail at Al Gurg Group since 2008.
When asked in a previous interview about how it feels to be a woman in the region that is paving the way for others, she replied: “I am lucky to be an Emirati citizen as the UAE believes in providing equal opportunities for all. and focuses on gender balance in all areas”.
Dr Suad Al Shamsi
By breaking barriers, Dr. Suaad Al Shamsi is the first UAE female aeronautical engineer to break stereotypes.
“Everything around me makes me proud to be from the United Arab Emirates, from the history of our country to the present and the future, proud to be an Emirati from a country where all the factors of love, peace, kindness and happiness together with a multinational, multicultural and religious are united, everyone here is one and the same”, he said.
As the first female film director and producer from the United Arab Emirates, Nayla Al Khaja has made a name for herself in the industry after achieving the impossible.
In an interview with Emirates woman She touched on her pride in the nation, saying, “I am extremely proud to be a UAE national, especially since I was born in the 1970s, which means I got to witness first-hand the development and changes that were taking place. The incredible progress and prosperity in such a short time is phenomenal.”
As the first Emirati airwoman, Yasmin Baker has made a name for herself in the world of sports.
In an interview with Emirates woman Baker said: “There are so many things that make me proud to be from the United Arab Emirates. I am very proud of how welcoming the country, the leadership and the community are; welcome others, welcome new ideas, and most importantly, welcome change.”
Alia Al Banna
As the co-founder and CEO of RollDXB, she has established herself in the industry as a true businesswoman.
In an interview with Emirates womanShe said, “I am proud to be from the UAE and to see all the achievements that the UAE has made internationally. Being able to participate in any activity as a woman and have the support of my country makes me proud.”
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