100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Thu 28 Feb 2013 12:58 PM
Nayla Al Khaja
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Nayla Al Khaja

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Film producer

Country: UAE

Occupation: Film producer

Nayla Al Khaja, the UAE’s first ever female filmmaker, has
already made three short features in her brief career.

One of Al Khaja’s films won a prize at the Dubai
International Film Festival in 2007. In addition, the Emirati has also set up
her own production company (D-SEVEN), and she also heads up the UAE’s first
official film club. Al Khaja’s career choice coupled with her willingness to
tackle taboo subjects has often led to controversy. Her last short film, which
was released in 2010, took a look at the issues raised by arranged marriages.
In ‘Malal’, a young Emirati couple visits Kerala on a honeymoon that is soured
by the wife’s boredom with her new husband. In December the Dubai Culture &
Arts Authority commissioned Al Khaja and Ali M Mostafa to make short films for
the authority’s new cultural initiative, Soul of Dubai.