Top 10 Most Powerful Emirati Women

  • Publish date: Monday، 22 August 2022 Last update: Thursday، 25 August 2022

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak

Sheikha Fatima is the woman responsible for establishing the country’s first women’s society, the Abu Dhabi Women’s Development Association in 1973, followed by the General Women’s Union in 1975, Family Development Foundation in 2006 and Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood in 2003.

The Mother of the Nation collaborated with the UN High Commission for Refugees and helped establish the Arab Women Organisation to serve immigrant Arab women who need assistance.

Throughout the years she has achieved more than 500 awards for her dedication to her work, 30 of which were presented by the UN.

Top 10 Most Powerful Emirati Women

Dr Aisha Bin Bishr

Dr Aisha Bint Buti Bin Bisher (commonly known as Dr Aisha Bin Bishr) served as the Director-General for the Smart Dubai office. She is responsible for enacting the city’s ‘Smart Transformation Goal’.

Smart Dubai has launched 130 initiatives with government and private sector entities, including the Dubai Data Initiative, the Happiness Agenda and the Dubai Paperless Strategy.

Bin Bishr led the creation of “The Smart City Index,” which was the first-ever benchmark for smart city implementation across the globe in cooperation with ITU and the UN.

Before taking up her current role, Bin Bishr served as the Assistant Director General of the Dubai Executive Office, and worked as the Assistant Undersecretary of the U.A.E. Ministry of Labor.

Top 10 Most Powerful Emirati Women

HE Ohood Al Roumis

Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi is the Minister of State for Government Development and Future. She is also Chairwoman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources. Formerly the first Emirati Minister of Happiness.

Al Roumi 2015 she was appointed as a member of the UN’s Global Entrepreneurship Council, becoming the first Arab member to secure that position.

She holds an Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sharjah.

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HE Mona Al Marri

Mona Al Marri is the Vice President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and Director General of Dubai Media Office.

Al Marri was also President of the Dubai Press Club, Secretary General of the Arab Journalism Award, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Arab Media Forum, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Arab Social Media Pioneers Summit, and a member of the Emirates Experts Program.

Mona Al Marri began her career in the field of women's empowerment and support in the year 2003 when Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum chose her as her deputy in the presidency of the Dubai Ladies Club.

Top 10 Most Powerful Emirati Women

HE Noura Al Kaabi

UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Culture and Youth. Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi was named Minister of Culture and Youth in July 2020.

Prior to her current position, Al Kaabi was appointed as Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs to act as the key link between the Cabinet and the Federal National Council.

H.E. Noura Al Kaabi holds B.A. in MIS from UAE University in 2001 and has also completed the Executive Leadership Programme from London Business School in 2011.

Top 10 Most Powerful Emirati Women

Raja Easa Al Gurg

Raja Easa Al Gurg is the first Emirati woman on the Board of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited. She is the Chairperson of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, the biggest conglomerate in the Middle East that focuses on retail, construction, industrial and joint ventures and a Board Member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Raja Easa Al Gurg recently made headlines by being nominated in Forbes’s top 50 over 50: EMEA 2022.

She is an alumnus of Kuwait University with a degree in English Literature.  She is the first Woman to write her own biography.

Top 10 Most Powerful Emirati Women

Maitha Al Dossari

Maitha Al Dossari, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Entertainment, a subsidiary that focuses on providing premium leisure and entertainment experiences, joined Emaar Properties in 2000.

Ms. Al Dossari drives the operations and administration of Emaar Entertainment’s various leisure assets including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, SEGA Republic, KidZania®, Dubai Ice Rink and Reel Cinemas. 

Maitha has occupied several key roles within Emaar. She has been General Manager – Corporate Services of Emaar Properties PJSC, as well as the Chief Operating Officer of Emaar Entertainment.

Top 10 Most Powerful Emirati Women

Amina Taher

Amina Taher is the Vice President of Brand Marketing and Sponsorships for the Etihad Aviation Group.

Taher joined Etihad in January 2013.

Amina Taher gained an MBA degree from London Business School and an MPA degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School.

She was celebrated as one of the top 50 Forbes Power Businesswomen in the Middle east in 2020.

Top 10 Most Powerful Emirati Women

Lana Zaki Nusseibeh

Lana Zaki Nuseibeh is credited with establishing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Policy Planning Department in 2009.

She later became the Ambassador and permanent representative of the UAE to the United Nations in 2013. She has also served as President on the UN Women Executive board.

She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in history from Queens College, University of Cambridge and a Master’s in Israeli and Jewish diaspora studies from the University of London.

Top 10 Most Powerful Emirati Women