Just the Facts

Compilation of news and data on women empowerment in the UAE.
  • History is a continuous chain of events. The present is only an extension of the past. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
  •  “A place without women is a place without spirit.” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 18 December, 2006.
  • “In other countries, women have had to fight for their political rights, whereas women in the UAE have been granted these rights, so let us never take our rights for granted. We shall remember every right entails responsibilities and we will work hard to live up to the expectations of our leaders and our society.” Najla Faisal Al Awadhi, June 2007.
  • “Women in the UAE enjoy equal opportunities, like men, for work and investment, financial and logistic facilities to conduct their own businesses and private projects in all fields. More than ten thousand business women in the country own and run their own businesses. The capital managed by women amounts to Dh12. 5 billions (about US$3.17 billion) invested in various fields, including trade, industry finance, real estate, tourism, fairs and exhibitions, construction and services.” Minister of Social Affairs, Mariam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi at the UN General Assembly Debate, March 8 2007, New York.
  •  The UAE Council has one of the world’s highest women’s parliamentary representation.
  •  Government firms and agencies in the UAE are now obliged to employ women as board members following a Cabinet decision in December 2012.
  •  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced the decision on Twitter. “Women proved themselves in many workplaces and today we want them to have a strong presence in decision-making positions in our institutions,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
  •  Equality, social justice, ensuring safety and security and equality of opportunity for all citizens shall be the pillars of the Society.” Article 14, UAE Constitution.
  • “Society shall be responsible for protecting childhood and motherhood and shall protect minors and others unable to look after themselves for any reason, such as illness or incapacity or old age or forced unemployment. It shall be responsible for assisting them and enabling them to help themselves for their own benefit and that of the community.” Article 16, UAE Constitution.

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