Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Monday pledged that the UAE will "spare no effort" in encouraging women to play a key part in shaping the country's future.
Sheikh Mohammed, also Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, promised to create a supportive environment for women to "fulfill their roles".
"Emirati women have proved their competence in all fields and we are proud of every achievement they made, and thus, we are committed to support them till they achieve the highest degrees of excellence and accomplish further achievements in line with our ambitious development vision," he said in comments published by news agency WAM.
His statement came while attending part of the first meeting of the UAE Gender Balance Council, chaired by Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wife of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Plans to launch the council were announced in February to boost the UAE's efforts to close the gender gap.
Sheikh Mohammed described the formation of the Gender Balance Council as a "new step toward empowering UAE women".
During the meeting, Sheikha Manal announced the launch of Gender Balance Index in government entities which aims to measure the role of women.
Sheikha Manal also issued a resolution appointing Mona Al Marri as Vice President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, WAM said.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.