International Women’s Day: Five women making the GCC proud

March 8, 2017 11:23 am

Women from across the GCC are achieving new heights and breaking barriers in several domains of business, entertainment and sports; they are entering industries previously dominated by men, and giving hope to little girls in the region and around the world, while change what used to be a backwardly notion of women in the GCC.

Below are only few of many women who have recently made some of the most heart-filling headlines, embodying great examples as top achievers.


Sheikha Mozah Al Maktoum

(Image: Instagram)

(Image: Instagram)

Sheikh Moza, a member of the Dubai ruling family, passed the skills test as a commercial pilot in April 2016. She already had her first assisted flight as commercial pilot for Emirates Airlines.

Emirates Airlines has several other female pilots as the company focuses on including women in the sector.


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Lana Zaki Nusseibeh

(Image: Twitter)

(Image: Twitter)

In 2013, Nusseibeh was the appointed as the UAE’s first female delegate to the United Nations, and she has recently been named president of UN Women Executive Board for 2017.

Throughout her work, she focuses on issues related to the region’s peace and security, humanitarian assistance, empowering women, human rights and sustainable development.


Ohoud Al Roumi

(Image: Twitter)

(Image: Twitter)

Her Excellency Ohoud Al Roumi was appointed as the UAE Minister of State for Happiness,

In her role, Her Excellency oversees several strategic projects and carries out initiatives that fall in line with the UAE Vision 2021, the National Agenda, and other mega visions the UAE is working to achieve.


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Sarah Al Suhaimi

(Image: SAPRAC)

(Image: SAPRAC)

Just last month, Al Suhaimi was appointed as the first female to head Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, Tadawul, which so happens to be the largest bourse in the Middle East.

The move was seen by many as a historical breakthrough in the empowerment of women and changing the facade of Saudi Arabia. Al Suhaimi previously served as the co-CEO at NCB Capital.


Rania Nashar

Courtesy Rania Nashar

Rania Nashar was appointed as chief executive of Samba Financial Group last February, becoming the first female CEO of a listed commercial bank in Saudi Arabia.

This comes in line with economic and social reforms the government of the kingdom is carrying out in a bid to create a more efficient economy and cut reliance on oil exports, which comes in line with boosting women’s role and involvement in economy.


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AMEinfo Staff
By AMEinfo Staff
AMEinfo staff members report business news and views from across the Middle East and North Africa region, and analyse global events impacting the region today.