In line with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations this year, the Emirati Women’s Day celebrations held on August 28 highlighted the remarkable achievements of today’s Emirati woman. Under the theme “Women: Ambitions and Inspiration for the Next 50 Years”, the event was a tribute to the important contributions that women have made to the development of this nation, at all levels, including key roles of government and leadership. The UAE Cabinet, with its nine women ministers, is a shining example.
Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi
Minister of Culture and Youth
Appointed Minister of Culture and Youth in July 2020, Al Kaabi was appointed Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs to serve as a key link between the Cabinet and the National Council federal. Al Kaabi is president of the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi (MZA) and of twofour54. She is also a board member of the UAE National Media Council, Abu Dhabi Media, Image Nation, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and the University of the United Arab Emirates. Al Kaabi holds a BA in MIS from the University of the United Arab Emirates in 2001, and also completed the Executive Leadership Program from London Business School in 2011.
Dr Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi
Minister of State
Al Shamsi joined the federal government in 2008 as Minister of State, and chaired the Marriage Fund until February 2016. Between 2013 and 2014, she was entrusted with the presidency of Zayed University. Al Shamsi is a consultant to Her Highness Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Children and Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation. Previously, she held several administrative, academic and research positions at the University of the United Arab Emirates. As an expert, Al Shamsi has participated in several international conferences and has represented the United Arab Emirates in several United Nations organizations such as ESQUA, UNIFEM and UNESCO. Al Shamsi holds a PhD in Sociology and is the author of several books, research papers and studies in different fields such as demography, development and women and education.
Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri
Minister of Climate Change and the Environment
As such, Almheiri leads the ministry’s mission of leading the UAE’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, protect the country’s ecosystems, and improve its food and water security by developing and implementing effective measures, policies and initiatives. Prior to assuming his current post, Almheiri was Minister of State for Food and Water Security. His responsibilities included monitoring national food stocks and water supply, channeling investments in technological innovation in food and water, and building international partnerships in this area. Previously, Almheiri was appointed Minister of State for Food Security following the October 2017 cabinet reshuffle. She also represented the United Arab Emirates at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO) as well as the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). . Almheiri previously served as Deputy Under Secretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation Affairs at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Almheiri received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany.
Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy
Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai
Sworn in in February 2016, Al Hashimy is also responsible, within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, for the UAE’s bilateral relations with the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Since his first ministerial appointment in February 2008, Al Hashimy has led and continues to lead His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Head of the Dubai Bureau of Political Affairs. In November 2013, as general manager of Expo 2020 Dubai bid, Al Hashimy oversaw a historic success at the Bureau International des Expositions. Al Hashimy has also served as President of Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organization with the goal of improving access to quality education in developing countries, since its launch by Sheikh Mohammed in 2007. Al Hashimy received his undergraduate degree at Tufts University, obtaining a BA in International Relations and French, followed by an MA from Harvard University.
Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid
Minister of Community Development
Appointed in October 2017, Buhumaid’s responsibilities include promoting community and family cohesion; by activating them to participate in the development of the United Arab Emirates. She was Deputy Director General of Government Services in the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future. She oversaw the UAE Government Service Excellence Program aimed at increasing the efficiency of government service delivery. Buhumaid was also instrumental in launching the government service plant and customer satisfaction project. She was also the general coordinator of the Sheikh Khalifa government’s program of excellence.
Buhumaid holds an Honorary Master of Business Administration from the American University of Sharjah and an Honors Bachelor of Business Science from Zayed University. She also holds an Executive Diploma in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.
Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri
Minister of State for Advanced Technologies
In his role, Al Amiri leads efforts to foster the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and promote research and development in the advanced science and technology sector. She is the President of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, responsible for overseeing the agency’s mandate to pioneer the space sector. Prior to her ministerial post, she was Director of Research and Development at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), and was involved in DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2, and in project development for KhalifaSat.
In 2014, she was in charge and led the implementation of the Advanced Aerial Systems program. The project resulted in a successful 24-hour flight of the unmanned vehicle, which recorded the highest altitude of any unmanned aircraft over UAE airspace. In 2015, the World Economic Forum honored her as one of its 50 Young Scientists for her contributions to science, technology and engineering. Al Amiri holds a BA and MA in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah.
Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrui
Minister of State for Youth
Appointed in 2020 to her current post, she was Minister of State for Youth in February 2016. Her duties include representing the issues and aspirations of young people in the UAE cabinet and defining plans and strategies. development to improve the capacities of young people, in addition to using their energy in various fields. Previously, Al Mazrui worked in private equity at one of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth funds. She also previously worked as a Public Policy Analyst at the United Arab Emirates Mission to the United Nations, as a Ministerial Policy Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Office, as a Research Analyst at the UAE Embassy in DC and as Education Policy Researcher in Tamkeen (UAE Strategic Affairs Authority).
Al Mazrui received her Masters of Public Policy Honors from the University of Oxford in 2015. She was the UAE’s first Rhodes Scholar and ranked among the top of her class. She obtained her BA in Economics with a concentration in Finance in New York Abu Dhabi in 2014.
Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi
Minister of State for Government Development and the Future
The Global Future Council on Agile Governance of the World Economic Forum in its Agile 50 2021 list named Al Roumi as one of the most influential people in the world. In addition to her ministerial role, Al Roumi is also the chairperson of the Federal Authority for Human Recourse in Government (FAHR), the federal body responsible for human resource growth and development in the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates. She is vice-president of the World Summit of Governments and also a member of the UAE Competitiveness Council. In 2016, Al Roumi held the post of Minister of State for Happiness and Welfare, the first such ministerial post in the world introduced by the government of the United Arab Emirates. The United Nations Foundation appointed Al Roumi a member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneurship Council (GEC) in 2015, making her the first Arab member to hold the post. In addition, she has held several senior positions within the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Government of Dubai. Al Roumi holds a Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Sharjah and a BA in Economics from the College of Business and Economics at the University of the United Arab Emirates.
Jameela bint salem
Mesbeh Al Muhairi
Minister of State for Public Education
Appointed in February 2016, Al Muhairi has over 20 years of experience in education management. She has been working on developing a world-class school performance management system for Dubai schools through her position as Head of the Dubai Schools Inspection Office at KHDA since 2006.
Al Muhairi was Deputy Director of the Department of Special Education at the UAE Ministry of Education from 1995 to 2004, then served as Executive Director of Dubai Knowledge Village from 2004 to 2008, after which she was Executive Director in charge of the private education sector at the Dubai Board of Education. Al Muhairi graduated in Management from the University of the United Arab Emirates.