Aiming for the Stars

Extraordinary women in the UAE. Do you agree with the list below? Want to add more? Email US!
  • Theatre performer Moza Al Mazrouie
  • Poet Ousha bint Khalifa Al Suwaidi, known as Fatat Al Arab, the “Girl of Arabs”, or “Gulf poet laureate”
  • Photographer Sheikha Jasem Al Suwaidi. Now in her 80s, she started photography in the 1950s
  • Doctoral student Dr Ayesha Al Sayyar, former Deputy Minister of Educational Activities at the Ministry of Education
  • Police officer First Warrant Officer Lulwa Abdulla was one of 23 women in the first training course in 1978
  • Political science professor Nesrin Murad joined UAE University in 1982





  • Paramedic Jamila Al Zaabi
  • Film producer Nayla Al Khaja, CEO of D-SEVEN Motion Pictures
  • Judge Khulood Al Dhaheri was appointed by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department in 2008
  • Aircraft engineer Suaad Al Shamsi
  • Military prosecutor Shaimaa Al Tunaiji
  • Metro operator Mariam Al Safar became the first female train driver in the Middle East 2012
  • Fighter pilot Major Mariam Al Mansouri led the UAE’s air strikes against ISIL in Syria in 2014
  • Landscape designer Kamelia Bin Zaal will be the first Emirati to be featured in the Chelsea Flower Show, 2015
  • Polar explorer Elham Al Qasim became the first Arab and Emirati woman to reach the North Pole, in April 2010
  • Chef Khulood Atiq is the professional Emirati chef and Arabian and Emirati cuisine specialist for Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Compan

Credit: The National

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