TNN : Emirati Women’s Day: here’s what I hope for future female entrepreneurs by Manar Al Hinai

As the world sailed through unchartered waters during the pandemic, Emirati women gave us hope

We will be celebrating Emirati Women’s Day next Saturday, on August 28. And although every anniversary is important, this one holds a special place in my heart.

In addition to celebrating our women, this day falls in the same year we are celebrating our nation’s 50th birthday in December and Expo 2020 Dubai in October.

We have a saying in Arabic that loosely translates to: “In tough times, you see what people are really made of.” If there was a stressful time to put people to the test, it has been over the past 18 months.

Growing up, I never doubted our women were resilient, perseverant and resourceful. Living in a desert climate meant our ancestors had to continuously be in survival mode.

In addition to caring for their family and tribe members, our women took care of business when men were away and learnt to be resourceful in an environment that was scarce. So, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, it was natural to see our women on the front line, along with our fellow men, to help maintain everyone’s safety. After all, it is coded in their DNA.

As the world sailed through unchartered waters during the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirati women gave us hope. READ MORE