- A special celebration was organised to mark Emirati Women’s Day
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation – a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum global initiatives – held a special ceremony yesterday (Sunday, August 28) to mark the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day.
The event took place during the “Reading is Positive Energy” exhibition, organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) at Zabeel Park in Dubai, and was attended by a number of prominent Emirati women – particularly in the government sector – in addition to journalists, poets, and social media figures from the UAE.
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, had marked August 28 as Emirati Women’s Day last year, to be celebrated every year.
The celebration began with a panel discussion that included prominent figures of Emirati media, as well as creative Emirati women. The panel shed a light on the current status of women in local and Arab media, as well as on Emirati pioneers in the field. The celebration also included a poetry night, and a second panel discussion by social media pioneers, including a number of Emirati female social media celebrities.
His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said: “Emirati women have made their mark on various sectors in the economy, proving their ability to innovate and make wise decisions along the way. This makes them strategic partners in the quest for sustainable development in the UAE.”
HE added: “Our wise leadership has undoubtedly played a major role in supporting women since the establishment of the federation, when His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was keen to recognise and empower women in the country. The Founding Father’s sentiment is echoed today in the actions of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.”
Two exhibitions were held on the sidelines of the ceremony; the first featured home-made products by Emirati housewives, which visitors to the event could buy. The second exhibition, meanwhile, showcased paintings made by talented female Emirati fine artists, whose works reflect the culture and society of the UAE down to the smallest details.