Emirati Women’s Day: From car racing to film direction, meet 16 UAE women blazing a trail in their field

Nayla Al Khaja: Often referred to as the UAE’s first Emirati female film director-writer, Nayla Al Khaja first became a household name in the UAE with her short film ‘Malal’ (Bored), which began life as an experiment and went on to win the Best Script Award in the Gulf Film Festival in 2010 and shortly after became the first Emirati-Indian film shot in Kerala. Al Khaja forayed into her first feature-length film, the horror flick ‘The Shadow’ in 2019. Al Khaja is an outspoken proponent for women in cinema, and proudly revealed that 40 per cent of ‘The Shadow’s’ crew was made up of women.

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