It was the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who set out a vision to ensure the skills, talents and ambitions of women are nurtured and his words continue to inspire us today: “The woman is half of the society; any country which pursues development should not leave her in poverty or illiteracy.”
The Nation has made great strides in ensuring women realize their potential, and continues to make progress against the goal of becoming one of the top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021. Today women constitute 47 percent of the UAE’s labor force with female participation in nearly every economic sector.
At Mubadala, we are creating opportunities for Emirati women to work at the frontlines of innovation and business, and in doing so we hope to inspire future generations to think beyond traditional roles. For instance, at Strata, where 90 per cent of the workforce is female and over half are team leaders, women are showing they can thrive in a technical engineering environment.
With Abu Dhabi’s rapidly diversifying economy, there has never been a more important time for the Nation to harness the talents of all its people and we are proud to play our part in creating and realizing opportunities for women.