August 28, 2015

Happy Emirati Women’s Day

What does it mean to you to be an Emirati woman?

I believe being an Emirati is being a little bit of everyone else. Being surrounded by so many different nationalities it’s hard to not be influenced by them. It’s about embracing others, whilst enjoying the lifestyle of being a local with a bit of an expat twist. I really like the whole dichotomy of it.

How has the emirates changed over the years?

When I was growing up, watching how this whole city just seemed to grow up out of the ground was incredible. It was like watching a time-lapse, it was really quite mind-boggling. When I used to live in Mirdiff, there were literally only three villas and no roads, so we had to take a 4×4 and go over dunes to reach my house.

What are the opportunities for women here?

There are many opportunities for women here, especially in my line of work as there’s a hunger for creating new media. But in general, there is a lot of support for women in the UAE.

What’s the most important thing to you as an Emirati woman?

Embracing other cultures. We live in a unique, diverse country and I really love the different influences that brings.

What do you love the most about the Emirati culture?

There are a lot of things that I love. As a young city, we’ve still got a long way to go – but I love that it’s an ambitious city, and the leaders are ambitious. I like that the UAE nationals themselves are very generous in their nature. They’re very welcoming people, and very tolerant to other religions and cultures.

What inspires you about the UAE?

How we just grew out of nowhere in such a short space of time. Other places would take decades upon decades to replicate what’s been done here over the past 40 years.

Favourite place to eat in the UAE?

Novikov at the Sheraton, I was one of the first people to eat there with my friends and the food was absolutely amazing.

Favourite place to shop in the UAE?

Mall of the Emirates would probably be my top choice.

Favourite things to do in the UAE?

We’ve got a group where one of us will suggest somewhere new, then we’ll all head out to discover a new hangout or dining places. I also just love to stay in sometimes and have a games night with a few friends.

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