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DTCM And Dubai Women’s Museum Unite To Highlight The Important Role Of Emirati Women In Dubai’s Past, Present And Future
(16 January 2014)

 

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has signed an MoU with the Women’s Museum in Dubai formalising a partnership that aims to promote the important work done by the museum in highlighting the role of Emirati women in Dubai’s society.

Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Strategy and Tourism Sector Development for DTCM said: “From cabinet ministers in the UAE government to entrepreneurs and those holding senior roles in businesses, women in the UAE have been critical to the country’s development and will continue to play a pivotal role in the future. We’re pleased to be supporting the Women’s Museum in their work to highlight and celebrate the role of females in Emirati society and Dubai as a whole.”

The Women’s Museum offers a space to explore and celebrate the lives of women in the UAE and features key achievements made by Emirati women over the years - from education to medicine, politics, fashion and literature. As a contemporary cultural centre, the Women’s Museum offers visitors the opportunity to discover UAE society through the lives of women, past and present.

The museum also acts as a national archive and documentation centre recording all aspects of their lives. These fascinating records depict how the role of women, their status and philosophy have evolved throughout the UAE’s history and have been shaped by the rapidly changing society in the city.

Dr Rafia Obaid Ghubash, Founder of the Women’s Museum said: “I want visitors who come to the museum to feel that Emirati women are not an isolated community - they are part of the community and active contributors. Women here were empowered a long time ago, but haven’t had the chance to tell their story. Emirati women may not have been in the media, but they have long been economically engaged and running businesses."

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is a firm supporter of women holding leading roles in society and the workplace. Speaking at a press conference at the 2013 Government Summit, he said: “If you visit my office, 85% of staff are women.” He went on to warn the male population of the UAE that “if they didn’t watch out, women would take their leadership positions from them.”

Today, female undergraduates in the UAE outnumber men two to one and women are present at every level of government and commerce. Indeed, it was HE Reem Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for the Dubai World Expo 2020 Bid Committee, who delivered the final stirring presentation in Paris in November 2013 that led to the successful bid for Dubai to host the World Expo 2020. In her speech, which was televised around the world, she spoke in both French and English to a delegation of more than 200 people from 168 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).

Other prominent Emirati women include Kholoud Ahmed Al Dhaheri, the first female Judge at Dubai’s Court of First Instance; Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the Foreign Trade Minister and the first woman to hold a cabinet position in the UAE; Alia Saeed Al Shamsi, Curator and Head of Photography at Emirat Al Youm Newspaper; Maryam Matar, Founder and Board Chairman at the UAE Genetic Diseases Association; Hind Seddiqi, a mother and savvy business woman at the helm of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons; Nayla Al Khaja, the UAE’s first an award-winning female filmmaker and Salma Hareb, who as CEO of Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority and parent company Economic Zones World, is the first woman in the Middle East to lead a free zone.
 

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