DUBAI: Earlier on Saturday, Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment and wife of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, launched the 42nd National Day celebrations of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE), Dubai Ladies Club (DLC) and the Cultural Office under the title of “Happiest Women in the World”. This is in recognition and gratitude to the generous patronage and continued support to Emirati women by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which has contributed to raising the status of women on regional and global fronts.
Sheikha Manal commented, “The UAE has always ranked high in several global reports. It came first globally in government efficiency and bridging cultures, and was also ranked as the Arab nation with the highest rates of happiness and satisfaction among its people. Additionally, the UAE was recently ranked first globally for women’s education, and the first regionally in reducing the gender gap, according to the World Economic Forum’s gender gap index.
“We are proud of the achievements of Emirati women and their honourable image in all international forums, since the establishment of the Union till today. This reflects the keenness of our wise leadership in empowering women and promoting their effective role in our nation’s continued development and progress,” she added.
Sheikha Manal continued by praising the unwavering support of the Mother of the UAE, Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Higher President of the Family Development Foundation, who has played a strong and supportive role in the achievements of UAE women today.
Sheikha Manal concluded her speech by calling on all Emirati women to redouble their efforts in making an impact in their community and to continue contributing to the success of their beloved nation. She reinforced her belief that a country can only make advancements through the active participation of both women and men.
“Happiest Women in the World” was chosen as the title of the celebrations of Dubai Women Establishment, Dubai Ladies Club and the Cultural Office based on the UAE being the first Arab nation to receive such a high ranking in the happiness and satisfaction of its people, according to the results of a survey by the United Nations. This title was also inspired by the poem “The Happiest People” by Sheikh Mohammed.