|28 August, 2019

Emirati women empower key economic sectors

Dewa's top management provides a positive environment for 1,929 female employees

Emirati women are a symbol of empowerment and are pressing on to achieve results that will boost the growth and development of the UAE economy

The participation of the Emirati women both in public and private businesses affirm that the nation encourages women to tap their full potential and deliver the results they aim, be it in jobs, entrepreneurial ventures or family businesses.

Etihad Airways' Global Business Service Solution (GBSS) facility in Al Ain which was set up to engage the local Emirati workforce, particularly women is a perfect example of women exploring future in aviation and communications.

GBSS was established in 2014 and was originally setup to provide Audit and Revenue Accounting services to Etihad and Etihad's Equity Partners, whilst creating long term economic value for Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. Additional, it was set up to engage the local Emirati workforce, particularly women.
It is a separate legal entity and is wholly owned by EAS LLC (wholly owned by Etihad Airways). Today it is a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company providing back-office support functions to Etihad Airways Group.

Huda Al Naqbi of Cargo Audit team, said: "I started my role as team leader in Cargo Audit just last month so for me (but have been at GBSS since September 2014), this is an opportunity for me ensure I fully integrate myself into this new role while continuing to be an example for other female Emiratis."

The Cargo Audit team division supports a revenue integrity process with the objective of preventing revenue leakage. "As a Team Leader in this department, it's our responsibility to process and check shipment Airway Bills to ensure payments are being processed and received," Al Naqbi.

Similarly Mariam Al Nasri of Service excellence team, said: "Women have been inspiring others for many generations. We are a strong workforce in the UAE where many successful female leaders have and continue to pave the way for other women in the country. We like non-traditional work and are continuously challenged to tasks that you would least expect. As an Emirati woman, I am proud to have overcome many limits the universe has thrown my way."

Al Nasri, further said: "I work in the Service Excellence department and my primary objective is to ensure we develop best-in-class customer service and ensure stakeholder complaints are reduced or minimised."

Dulsco empowers Emirati women
The role of women in powering better communities was celebrated by Dulsco. The event saw Nadia Abdul Aziz Khan, director of Union National Air, Land & Sea Shipping Co (UNASCO) and President of the National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) delivered an inspirational speech at Dulsco's Ras Al Khaimah's offices for 25 female Emirati Dulsco employees, where she highlighted her personal career journey and how she rose to the top of the logistics profession.

Kicking off the activity, the employees participated in an exercise titled 'Pair of Tolerance,' which highlighted the values of tolerance and acceptance and how these qualities can be applied within small groups containing people of divergent backgrounds, characters and opinions.

Dulsco, an official partner to Expo 2020, has more than 12,000 employees from 59 nationalities. Priding itself as a meritocratic organisation, Dulsco is committed to embracing diversity and developing the nation's workforce by providing nationals with suitable employment opportunities.

Shaikha Sabah, assistant manager social media, human resources, workforce and volunteers
Emirati women have always been game-changers and Expo 2020 Dubai can be our stage to show the world who we really are. It's an honour to contribute to such an important moment in the UAE's history, and I'm pleased that our country's women are playing such an integral role in bringing Expo 2020 to life.

Reem Mohamed, manager - partner marketing, Expo 2020 Dubai
"I am extremely fortunate to work for Expo 2020 Dubai, which will welcome the world and showcase our nation's women as successful, independent and capable. As an Emirati, I am very proud of what the UAE has achieved and the boundless opportunities it continues to offer Emirati women to succeed and develop. We are very lucky to have a leadership that empowers, motivates and supports women in various sectors."

Khawla Al Mehairi, executive vice-president of strategy and government communications, Dewa
Since declaring Emirati Women's Day, every August 28, has become an important day to mark the achievements and successes of Emirati women to promote the status of Emirati women in all areas. The UAE has become a leader in women empowerment, becoming the first Arab country to introduce the compulsory appointment of female members on the boards of directors in companies and government organisations, and providing equal opportunities for women to participate in various fields of work in the public and private sectors.

Fatima Al Jokar, chairperson, Dewa Women's Committee
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (Dewa) top management provides a positive environment for its 1,929 female employees. DEWA provides a supportive environment for women empowerment and leadership, making full use of their innovative and creative potential. This positively reflects on their professional and social lives, and has a significant impact on society as a whole.

Dr Dalya Al Muthanna, President and CEO, GE Gulf
Emirati Women's Day underscores the remarkable strides taken by Emirati women across all walks of life, highlighting in stark detail the success of the nation's leadership in promoting women empowerment. Emirati women have set the bar high - from excellence in education to leadership in multiple sectors, the determination, vision and can-do attitude exhibited on a daily basis is truly inspiring. This would not have been possible without the support of our leadership. From the ministerial appointments to the introduction of regulations that ensure women's participation in corporate boards, our leadership has set a model aimed at building a truly inclusive society. I firmly believe that the achievements of Emirati women in all fields - from research to energy, sustainability, healthcare, aviation and more - will continue to inspire generation of young women to push their boundaries.

Sheikha Al Nuaimi, director of sales and marketing, Ajman Free Zone
"As an Emirati and a woman, celebrating this occasion records the valuable contribution that we can make to this great nation. The government is actively promoting gender parity in the workplace, and encouraging women to assume dynamic and worthy roles where they can make a great impact on the prosperity and standing of the UAE. At UAE , Ajman and here at Ajman Free Zone, we are very well represented and supported by leaders. Also, we are seeing more female investors establishing their enterprises , and a day like this inspires them and definitely helps in motivating them to succeed.

Mohammed Juma bin Jarsh Al Falasi, undersecretary, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy
The slogan 'Women, the Symbol of Tolerance', chosen to be the theme of this year's Emirati Women's Day, is more than an ephemeral motto; it is a reflection of the current reality of our UAE community, and of the invaluable role women play as mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, and the cornerstone of any and all plans to build our society. On this occasion, I extend my sincerest greetings to Emirati women and, in particular, our female colleagues at the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, who, we are proud to say, now make up 35 per cent of our workforce.

Chris Roberts, CEO, Eltizam Asset Management Group
"We at Eltizam take great pride in our history of supporting local women through an array of employment opportunities and training programmes that have provided a solid platform to facilitate career development. Women exemplify the values of tolerance through their enduring patience, care, ability to raise future generations and consistent success across various fields of work; and Emirati Woman's Day is an important date in the national calendar as we acknowledge their efforts, commitment and achievements." - sandhya@khaleejtimes.com

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