When Fatima Mohammed Al Khumairi decided to study forensic medicine at the beginning of the century, she not only had to break through a glass ceiling but also her father’s expectation that she would study cardiology. Forensic medicine, at the time, was not a place for an Emirati woman. But Al Khumairi convinced everyone of her capabilities, so much so she became the first female Emirati appointed as head of the Forensic Medicine and Laboratory Department at the UAE Ministry of Justice.
Al Khumairi was accepted into a training programme with Dubai Police in 2002 and later insisted she be allowed to study a Master’s Degree in Forensic Medicine in the UK in tandem with her Dubai Police job. She was then hired in the Dubai Police’s Department of Criminal Evidence and Criminology, before moving to the Forensic Medicine and Laboratory Department.
Now based at Sharjah House of Justice, Al Khumairi also has higher studies awards from the German Board of Forensic Medicine.