Fearless, fierce and fabulous, these women are all the motivation you need.
August 28th commemorates Emirati Women’s Day, a day dedicated to honouring the pride of the UAE and the anniversary of the creation of the UAE’s General Women’s Union in 1975. This day was first announced on August 15, 2015, by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood. Every year, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak announces a theme for Emirati Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “We Collaborate for Tomorrow,” which was chosen in tandem with UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s announcement of 2023 as the “Year of Sustainability.”
This day serves to recognise the important role Emirati women have played in the development of the country and highlights their contribution in diverse fields including military, commerce, science and the police. So, in honour of Emirati Women’s Day, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments of these six extraordinary women who have dared to dream, achieve, and strive for the impossible! These exemplary women are guiding an entire generation of women, showing them that nothing is impossible.
Hana Al Rostamani: Writing History In The Big League
Breaking ground with grit, commitment, and vision, Hana Al Rostamani became the first female CEO in FAB’s (First Abu Dhabi Bank) history. . Her dedication, vision, and commitment to excellence have not only made her a trailblazer, but has also positioned FAB for success in an increasingly competitive environment. An accomplished C-suite executive with over two decades of experience in banking and financial services, Hana Al Rostamani, is a catalyst for change and collaboration in the business world. Her ascent to the top of the corporate ladder has inspired numerous women to rise and lead in the corporate world.
Raja Easa Al Gurg: Powering Her Way To Success
An inspiration for women entrepreneurs all around the globe, Raja Easa Al Gurg has risen through the ranks and battled against all odds. Through years of hardwork and perseverance, she became the managing director and vice-chairperson of one of the biggest conglomerates in the Middle East, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC (ESAG. A leading businesswoman in her own right, Mrs Al Gurg has carved a niche for herself to excel in. She has achieved laurels for her stellar leadership of the group under the guidance of her father, the Chairman, H.E. Easa Saleh Al Gurg, KCVO, CBE. Mrs. Al Gurg’s philanthropic pursuits have encouraged and supported countless Arab women entrepreneurs. Her counsel and valuable insights have greatly contributed towards the growth and expansion of ESAG. Her relentless pursuit of excellence has shaped the business landscape of the organisation.
Dr Mona Khashwani: Performing Miracles With Robotics
Dr. Mona Khashwani has etched her name in Emirati history as the UAE’s first Emirati physician to perform robotic surgery. A specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr Khashwani performed robotic surgery using the advanced Da Vinci system. Her groundbreaking work in the field of medicine has revolutionised the healthcare industry and enhanced patient outcomes. Dr. Khashwani’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of medical innovation makes her an inspiring figure in the healthcare community. Her commitment to innovation, coupled with her passion for improving patient outcomes, underscores the spirit of human-centred healthcare.
Nayla Al Baloushi: Reaching The Summit Of Her Dreams
Nayla Al Baloushi made history as the first Emirati woman to climb Mount Everest. Nayla proved that nothing is impossible if you have the courage and drive to pursue your dreams. She set off on this courageous endeavour equipped with her unwavering commitment to conquering challenges. Her will to smash the stereotypes and emerge victorious against all odds is an inspiration for all who aspire to push their limits.
Reem Al Marzouqi: Innovating With Tenacity, Talent, And A US Patent
Reem Al Marzouqi’s groundbreaking invention earned her the distinction of being the first Emirati to receive a US patent. An architectural engineer by profession, Reem invented a car that can be driven without hands or arms. Invented to assist specially abled people with limited use of their arms or hands, the invention took the tech world by storm. Her relentless pursuit of innovation showcases the immense potential within the UAE’s vast talent pool. Her trailblazing achievement encourages countless young women to turn their ideas into tangible outcomes, highlighting the importance of women in a knowledge-based industry.
Amna Al Qubaisi: Racing Towards Stardom
Racing into the record books, Amna became the first Arab woman to compete in Formula 4. As the first female Emirati racing driver, Amna Al Qubaisi inspired many with her passion, talent, and resilience in traditionally male-dominated motorsports. Her trailblazing achievements continue to inspire women sports and beyond, to break down barriers and pursue their dreams relentlessly.
In conclusion, these women achievers have not only made significant contributions in their fields but have also become powerful symbols of resilience, creativity, and determination. By embodying the spirit of Emirati Women’s Day and breaking down barriers, they have shown us all that our dreams are within our reach, no matter how high we may need to climb to achieve them.