Today, 28 August 2017, we celebrate the 3rd Emirati Women’s Day in the UAE.
This is a great way to highlight how much women contribute to our society, not just today, but every day.
Since its inception, 45 years ago, the UAE has become a beacon in the Middle East region for the promotion of equality between female and male citizens. The UAE boasts an impressive 66% of women now in government jobs in Dubai alone. That’s no laughing matter, it’s a majority! Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is one of the most vocal and supportive voices for women’s rights on the global, political stage. He said today of Emirati Women’s Day, “We celebrate our women’s contribution to the country. From happiness to prosperity, women make our nation complete.” With women so respected in the UAE, it not only encourages Emirati women, but all women.
It is also great to see future male leaders of Dubai proclaiming how important Emirati women are in advancing the UAE. Sheikh Hamdan, son of Sheikh Mohammad, and future ruler of Dubai, also expressed his respect, “Emirati women today hold top positions in the UAE, serving & contributing greatly to society and to the progress and development of this country. Today we celebrate Emirati Women’s Day, and the women whose success was not the result of luck or chance, but commitment and hard work. We offer tribute to the Mother of the UAE, Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, for her tireless efforts and support for the advancement of UAE women.”
Isn’t it encouraging that we can come together as a country, at all levels of society, and realise how much the UAE is advancing and the vital role that women play.
Having lived in Dubai for over nine years, it’s been a pleasure to see how much it has grown and the developments which have taken place within this exciting city. The UAE is often viewed as a transient country, home to those seeking career progression, opportunity, an excellent standard of living. As a complete melting pot of nationalities, this I feel is what makes it such an interesting place to live, work and raise a family.
With that in mind there are now great schemes created specifically for women to take the lead and strive for any job, in any field. New programs created for the likes of the aviation authority is very exciting. This means a great deal, considering the first ever women pilot in the UAE took to the skies 10 years ago. We need more women in key positions, and we need them now. From female police forces, athletes, scientists, doctors, business women and more, the aim of these government-backed schemes is to provide courses in leadership coaching, workshops and re-training, which give women the chance to explore new challenges and excel in all industries.
Working in the events industry I have been surrounded by savvy individuals who excel in their arena, both male and female, contributing to make their companies reach their goals and create a dynamic and interesting niche in the market. For me it is great to have had the opportunity to work with so many different people of all nationalities. Having had the opportunity to work with many wonderful, strong and intelligent Emirati women, I feel the UAE’s road is now paved, with the sound of heels marching to any job they desire!
Happy Emirati Women’s Day, and here’s to many more!
Victoria Shirran Green is Co-founder & Managing Director of Remarkable, a Dubai-based event management and brand experience agency, delivering outstanding projects with care, precision and flair.