United Arab Emirates

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
United Arab Emirates/Al-Imarat Al-Arabiya A-Muttahida
(Female suffrage 2006)

Independent 1971 until the emirates had been British protectorates

Circa 1996-200? Under-Secretary of Education Aysha al-Sayaar (Aisha al-Sayer)
She was the first medical doctor in UAE.

Circa 1998-201? Under-Secretary of Women’s Advancement Moza al-Habroush

1999-2006 Under-Secretary of the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry Mariam bint Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi
2006-16 Minister of Social Affairs
(b. 1957-)

2004-08 Minister of Economic Planning Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan al Qasimi
2008-13 Minister of Foreign Trade
2013-16 Minister of International Cooperation
2016- Minister of Tolerance

Also known as Sheikha Lubna al-Qassemi, she is a member of the Sharjah royal family

Circa 2005-? Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Noora bint Khaleefa Salem Al Suwaidi
Later Director of the General Women’s Union and Head of the Women’s Sports Committee.

2006-16 Secretary General of the Cabinet Najla bint Mohammed Al Awar
2016- Minister of Community Development

2008-16 Minister of State and Head of the Marriage Fund of Abu Dhabi Dr Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi
2016- Minister of State

2008-16 Minister of State Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimi
2016- Minister of State for International Cooperation
A former Deputy Ambassador to the USA, she also manages the International Affairs Unit of The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and holds other positions.

2016- Minister of State for Public Education Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi

2016- Minister of Federal National Council Affairs Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi
Cabinet Member and

2016- Minister of State for Happiness Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi
Continued as Director of the Office of the Prime Minister

Last update 04.04.16