Meet The Emirati Female Trailblazers Who Are Shaping Tomorrow
Happy Emirati Women's Day!
Emirati Women’s Day on August 28th marks UAE's pride and the founding of the General Women’s Union in 1975. Initiated by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak in 2015, it lauds diverse Emirati women's contributions. This year's theme, "We Collaborate for Tomorrow," aligns with the "Year of Sustainability," honoring barrier-breaking women who inspire future generations. Celebrate Emirati Women's Day by getting acquainted with the pioneering women shaping tomorrow.
Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousif Al Amiri
HE Sarah Bint Yousif Al Amiri, a UAE scientist, achieved a milestone by flawlessly placing a spacecraft into Mars' orbit on its inaugural try, marking the UAE's first Mars spacecraft launch.
Nayla Al Baloushi
Al Baloushi achieved a historic feat by becoming the first Emirati female to summit Mount Everest. Her achievement underscores that determination and valor can surmount any obstacle.
Nayla Al Khaja
Nayla Al Khaja stands as the UAE's first female film director. Her accomplishments encompass directing commercials, running a production company, and creating films for global viewers. Proficient in five languages, she crafts culturally sensitive content that has garnered Arab accolades.
Maitha Al Khayat
Maitha Al Khayat, a multitasking superhero, is a mother of five, an author, and an illustrator. She spreads literary passion in the UAE and beyond. "My Own Special Way" earned awards and "Turn Off the Lights" won best picture book. She impacts children's TV with Arabic Sesame Street and "Hamdoon." Her debut Young Adult novel "Tofan" is a recent achievement.
Mariam Al Mansouri
Al Mansouri, among the initial women in the UAE airforce, now operates as an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilot. Mariam's ambition was hindered by gender barriers, so after completing her studies, she worked with the General Command until the academy admitted women.
Reem Al Marzouqi
Al Marzouqi secured her place in history as the first Emirati to obtain a US patent for her groundbreaking creation. A skilled architectural engineer, she devised a hands-free car to aid individuals with limited arm mobility.
Nora Al Matrooshi
Al Matrooshi is the first Emirati and Arab female astronaut, chosen in the second round of the UAE Astronaut Programme. She is currently receiving training in the United States as a member of NASA's Astronaut Candidate Class of 2021.
Amna Al Qubaisi
Al Qubaisi made history as the first Arab woman in Formula 4, inspiring with her fervor, skill, and persistence in male-dominated motorsports. Her groundbreaking accomplishments motivate women in sports and beyond.
Dr Mona Khashwani
Dr. Khashwani, an Emirati physician in obstetrics and gynaecology, has made history in the UAE by becoming the first Emirati doctor to conduct robotic surgery using the advanced Da Vinci system. Her pioneering efforts have transformed healthcare, elevating patient results and positioning her as a healthcare inspiration.