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Resilience, self-reliance mark Emirati women
By a Staff Reporter August 29, 2017
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DUBAI: Emirati Women’s Day, which was initiated in 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, has gained recognition throughout the country.

Several government entities and the private sector celebrated the occasion on Monday at various venues.

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Economy also hosted a special ceremony to commemorate Emirati Women’s Day 2017, which was held under the theme “Women in Business and Community” at the Chamber’s headquarters.

These are the messages that continue to flow in praise of Emirati women:

Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy

“The women of the UAE have proven their efficiency in accomplishing various tasks entrusted to them within different workplaces in the public and private sectors. This reflects the wise vision adopted by the UAE to empower women and maximise their role in shaping a bright and prosperous future. We are proud of what they have accomplished which have helped in the advancement of many women in the region and around the world.”

Al Mansoori explained that Emirati Women’s Day is an occasion for the UAE to commemorate the initiative of the pioneer of women’s work in the country, 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, who declared August 28th of each year as Emirati Women’s Day. He said that the country has been given an annual occasion to review the major achievements of women and current opportunities for further developing their role in society to advance the strategic objectives and directions of the country.

The UAE Economy Minister further stated that the selection of “Women Are Partners in Giving” as the slogan for Emirati Women’s Day 2017 reflects the main role of Emirati women in promoting nationwide initiatives introduced in line with the announcement of 2017 as the Year of Giving. He added that it also complements the implementation of a clear strategy and methodology for consolidating charitable and benevolent practices, pointing out that the country relies heavily on the private sector to play its role particularly in fulfilling its social commitments and establishing a culture of social responsibility.

Al Mansoori pointed out that due to the outstanding position and strong presence of businesswomen in the UAE through their promotion of economic and commercial activity, the country is confident that the next phase will witness a number of targeted and constructive community initiatives implemented by Emirati businesswomen to sustain charitable and benevolent practices in line with the country’s vision and initiatives.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group

He described Emirati women as ‘ideal’ in all aspects of life.

To show his appreciation and acknowledgment to their efforts, Sheikh Ahmed has also sent a personalised letter to each and every Emirati woman within the Emirates Group. He said: “On this special day, I’d like to extend my gratitude to each and every one of you for your contribution to the Emirates Group and to our country’s growth. Emirati women today have achieved significant milestones, challenging the norms in their careers while caring for our country’s next generations at home. Thank you for your diligence, dedication, contribution and commitment to this country.  I am confident that you’ll continue to be the pride of the nation, the ultimate role models to our children and an inspiration in the workforce.”

Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office

“The Emirati leadership is marking the UAE Women’s Day not as a customary honour but as a real platform to celebrate the achievements of Emirati women, who enjoy the highest and important positions in the country and are active partners in the UAE’s journey to be the best country by 2071.

“I am proud to be one of those entrusted with unique tasks in one of our most important projects – the task of building the smart city – which requires great efficiency and specialisation. Emirati Women’s Day is a renewed opportunity to challenge ourselves as citizens to be role models in building the future of the UAE. I congratulate all my colleagues in the Smart Dubai Team who helped build what we have achieved so far on the Smart Dubai Journey. At the same time, I see Emirati Women’s Day as a day to renew our pledge, as citizens of this great nation, to be always the number one.”

Najla Al Midfa, General Manager, Sheraa

“It’s a proud moment for me to celebrate Emirati Women’s Day and reflect on the many talented and committed Emirati women who have contributed to the UAE’s development and its standing as a nation built on gender equality, recognition of local talent and genuine empowerment of women.

“In my role at Sheraa, I have been privileged to meet many talented Emirati women who have shown the self-belief and resilience to take the entrepreneurship route while inspiring countless others to pursue their ambitions and open new horizons.

“This is an important development as it has an exponential impact on Emirati women and is leading to more entrepreneurship initiatives while creating more job opportunities and leading to the development of the local industry. I look forward to more initiatives to recognise and support women mentors within the Emirati community who can inspire future generations of female leaders.”

Mouza Al Kaabi, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council

“On this day, I congratulate every Emirati woman for being part of a nation that celebrates women’s achievements and thank H.H Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak for declaring this day to recognise our accomplishments. Our leaders have made it possible for women to be part of any field they would like to pioneer at and being part of such a developed country has broadened our horizons.

“It is our responsibility today as Emirati women to ensure the ongoing record-breaking rates of growth in all fields and support men by all means to achieve our leaders’ vision.”

Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Economy of the UAE

“The UAE is the first country in the Arab world to make the appointment of women in corporate boards mandatory. He noted the UAE leadership’s strong focus on women empowerment and gender equality, in addition to the increasing presence of women in the country’s government and legislative councils.”

Al Shehhi explained that the seminar and ceremony provided a unique platform for reviewing the contributions of women in society, and discussing major opportunities for expanding the role of women in the future, adding that the ministry is working on several initiatives for fostering social responsibility in the private sector and motivating it to commit itself to society through development and community initiatives.

Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber:

“Emirati Women’s Day is a special occasion when the UAE reflects on the important contribution made by Emirati women to the country’s economy and society. It’s also a time to look to the future and focus on new efforts and initiatives that support women in all fields, and encourage them to play an active role in the advancement of their country. Women entrepreneurs and business leaders have proudly made their mark on the local business community, and the Chamber remains committed to creating a favourable environment where they can succeed and grow.”

Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber

“Emirati Women’s Day is a celebration of the status of women and their valuable contribution to the UAE’s society and economy. Emirati women have made great strides in various fields, while they have also contributed greatly to the UAE’s achievements and progress.”

Al Ghurair added that the Chamber remains committed to creating a favourable environment where businesswomen and women entrepreneurs can succeed and grow.

Meanwhile, Emirates Group’s multinational employees came together on Monday to share – in one word – what they felt were stand-out qualities of Emirati women. Expressed in 19 languages and highlighting a variety of inspiring traits, the one-minute video that was released on Emirates’ social media platforms encapsulates and illustrates the positive impact Emirati women have on those around them.

From bold and ambitious leaders, creative and confident innovators, to compassionate and dedicated mothers and teachers, Emirati women continue to contribute to the growth of the nation.

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