Nayla Al Khaja


Her exploits saw her honored with the ‘Emirates Woman of the Year’ in 2005, and ‘The Youngest Entrepreneur’ of the year at the ‘Global Businesswomen & Leader’s Summit Awards’.

Nayla etched herself into the region’s film industry by Producing and Directing award winning shorts such as “The Neighbour” and “Malal” which went on to be nominated and receive awards from notable festivals such as the Dubai International Film Festival, Florence Middle East Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival. To date, her films have participated in over 42 festivals world-wide.

In addition to becoming an ambassador for Canon Middle East, Nayla ‘s accolades include being ranked amongst the ‘Top 50 most powerful personalities in Arab cinema’ and ’100 most powerful Arabs under 40’ by the ‘Arabian Business’ magazine, in addition to being awarded ‘Visionary of the Year’ at the ‘Arabian Business Awards’.

"Dubbed UAE’s first female filmmaker, Nayla Al Khaja was thrust into the limelight and garnered critical acclaim for her documentary
"Unveiling Dubai"
in 2005."


  • 100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
  • 500 Most Powerful Arab People
  • Top 50 Most Powerful Arab Women
  • Visionary of the Year
  • Woman of the Year

"The secret of change is to focus all your energy into building the new."

Brand Ambassador

Canon Middle East announced Nayla Al Khaja, UAE's first female film producer, as it's brand ambassador in 2011.

Nayla's production company D-SEVEN Motion Pictures partnered with Canon Middle East to support and inspire budding filmmakers. Titled 'BLOOM! Cine Startups', it was to encourage especially the youth, to make their first film using Canon DSLR cameras.

In 2008, Olay appointed Nayla as their brand ambassador representing Arabian women in the Middle East.

In 2012, Gucci endorsed Nayla to attend the Venice International Film Festival as part of 'Women in Cinema'.
Nayla was also invited to be part of the 'Celebrity Club' for TAG heuer, to endorse the brand in 2014.