UAE Mother's Day: Nayla Al Khaja on rediscovering herself after motherhood

When we get a chance to interact with Nayla Al Khaja, the first female Emirati film director and producer, just ahead of the UAE’s Mother’s Day (March 21), the conversation naturally sways towards her lovely 15-months-old twins, Noah and Dana. “They love to dance, and this is the first time that I’m giving an interview where I can show off my babies,” she says. Well, motherhood is not just a journey of a lifetime but an emotion, and Nayla, as a mother, woman and an artist, is happy to share it with her children. Currently, she is working on two feature films and a series. She is also working on a children’s adventure film themed along The Goonies meets Indiana Jones. “It is a film set in the 1600-1800s where children go back in time. It has a time travel element and is done in a Middle Eastern style. The crux of the film is that the children will do everything they can to return home. The theme is familiar, but the treatment is fresh, and I am excited to be part of it,” she says.

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