The United Arab Emirates, in its growing prosperity has also ensured success for Emirati women.  This is a sure way to encourage continued growth of Emirati women and will hopefully set an example to surrounding nations in the Middle East who exercise oppressive measures on women.

Shaikh Saeed Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum presented awards to eight winners of the Emirates Business Women’s Award 2008, organised by the Dubai Quality Group and Shell.

Shaikh Saeed also gave special recognition to Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for her selfless dedication and contribution to the development of women.

The winner for the overall award in the professional category was Maryam Sharaf, group chief financial officer of Dubai World.

“Our nation has certainly come a long way in the past few decades and this is primarily due to the visionary leadership of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad, who has encouraged and urged women to actively partake in contributing to the national economy,” Sharaf said.

“Our country offers incredible opportunities to everyone, irrespective of their gender, and it is up to us to explore our potential and push ourselves hard to achieve our dreams.”

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