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CW In Focus | Inspiring women leaders in UAE construction [2019]

Construction Week profiles the UAE construction industry's most inspiring women leaders on Emirati Women's Day 2019

Emirati Women's Day has been celebrated on 28 August each year in line with the directives issued in 2015 by HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, chairwoman of General Women's Union (GWU), president of Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of Family Development Foundation, and on the fifth Emirati Women's Day in 2019, Construction Week profiled some of the most inspiring Emirati women in the UAE's real estate, design, and construction industry.

Her Excellency Reem Bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation and director-general and board representative for the Higher Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai played a pivotal role in the UAE’s bid to host the World Expo.

Earlier this month, Al Hashimy hosted HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, at the 4.38km2 expo site to check on the progress on several infrastructure projects.

Appointed to her current role in 2006, HE Eng Maitha bin Adai Adai heads Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) traffic and roads agency, which has been responsible for conducting detailed studies to design, construct, manage, and operate Dubai’s traffic and roads network.

Under her stewardship the department has also been carrying out studies to implement traffic and road improvement technologies.
Eng Adai holds a master's degree in transportation engineering and operations from the University Newcastle in the UK, and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Kuwait University.

With a career spanning more than 21 years, currently Eng Adai manages more than 1,200 employees who plan, design, build, maintain, and operate the 12,215 lane kilometres of Dubai’s highway system.

The chief executive officer of real estate promotion and investment management at the Dubai Land Department (DLD), Her Excellency Majida Ali Rashid has been is responsible for driving investments through the provision of advisory services. Rashid holds a BA in business administration from the Ajman University of Science and Technology. She is also the first Emirati woman to hold a masters degree with honours in real estate from the University of Hull in the UK.

The driving force behind Dubai Design District (D3), Khadija Al Bastaki was appointed to her current role as the Executive director succeeding former chief executive officer, Mohammad Saeed Al-Shehhi in January 2019. Al Bastaki is focused on D3's business growth and continues to build its profile as one of the top design, art, and culture destinations in Dubai.

Having joined the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development in 2013, Anwaar Al Shimmari currently serves as the Director of design, artificial intelligence team leader, and chief innovation officer. Al Shimmari has held various roles during her six-year tenure at the Ministry, where she started as director of projects planning.

Another woman who has been making an impact, is Amira Sajwani, the daughter of UAE-based founder and chairman of Damac Properties, Hussain Sajwani. In her current role as the vice president of operations she manages the day-to-day operations across the Dubai Financial Market-listed firm.

In this episode of Construction Week In Focus, Ranju Warrier, reporter at Construction Week, pays an homage to the Emirati women shaping the future of the UAE's construction and infrastructure programmes.

Construction Week In Focus is a twice-weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development and contracting sectors. The series is hosted on Construction Week's YouTube channel, alongside weekly series published by its sister titles. The latter includes MEP Engineered by MEP Middle EastFM Live by facilities management Middle East, and Heavy Metal by PMV Middle East.

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Construction Week In Focus episodes are published each Sunday and Wednesday. Heavy Metal episodes are published on Mondays, and FM Live updates are presented on Tuesdays. MEP Engineered rounds off the week each Thursday. All videos are published at 4.30pm Dubai time. 

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