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Arab Woman UAE 2017 winners announced

19 women recognised for making a difference to society in the UAE

Arab Woman UAE 2017 winners announced
HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan pictured with Humanitarian award winner Reem Al Fahim. ITP Images.

Nineteen Arab women were honoured for their contributions to numerous sectors of society, including business, education, medicine and literature, at the ninth annual Arab Woman UAE 2017 awards

The awards, which were held under the patronage of the UAE’s newly appointed Minister of Tolerance, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, were presented to the winners at a ceremony at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Among this year’s winners were Jameela Al Muhairi, the UAE’s first female Minister of Public Education, SEDRA Foundation CEO Reem Al Fahim, and oncoplastic surgeon Dr Mouza Al Ameri.

Additionally, a number of “future stars” of the UAE were celebrated during the event, including social virtual community founder Heba Al Samt, jewellery designer Shamsa Alabbar and Zahra Lari, the first UAE figure skater to compete at the international level.

“Our winners are outstanding individuals making a difference to society in the way we live, think, work and communicate,” said Sue Holt, the founder of the Arab Woman Awards.

“I personally always find it amazing to discover women in the UAE, many of which have not been publically known before, who are achieving things for the greater good.”

The award winners were elected by an independent board of judges made up of prominent local women which this year included Sheika Dr Alia Humaid Al Qassimi, CEO of Social Care & Development at Community Development Authority, Masdar sustainability director Dr Nawal Al Hosany, Sharjah Ladies Club Director General Khawla Serkal and Her Highness Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, the founder of FN designs art gallery.

Full list of winners:

Business: Souad Al Hosani

Government: Hessa Tahlak

Special Recognition: Hind Al Merhairbi

Inspirational Woman of the Year: Shahainaz Ahmad Ramadan

Media: HE Maryam Al Mheiri

Legal: Raya Abu Ghulal

Finance: Elham Al Qasimi

Literature: Parween Habib

Medical: Dr Mouza Mohammed Al Ameri

Energy: Haif Zamzam Al Hammadi

Designer: Sheikha Amal Al Maktoum

Young Designer: Shamsa Alabbar

Art: Maitha Bin Demaithan Al Qemzi

Entrepreneur: Shayma Fawwaz, Gossip Desserts

Digital: Heba Al Samt

Sport: Zahra Lari

Young Talent: Alia Al Mansoori

Humanitarian: Reem Al Fahim

Education: HE Jameela Al Muhairi