Her Highness Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed, Princes of Dubai and wife of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Presidential Affairs, is the President of Dubai Women Establishment and President of Dubai Ladies Club.
H.H. Sheikha Manal, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, admired the wise governance’s efforts to support Emirati women, speaking that such support is main to establishment the demonstration of Emirati women across all sectors She has also praised the UAE leadership’s fortitude to provide Emirati women with all of the tools essential for them to contribute to the nation’s sustained development and achievements.
Her Highness stated “In today’s rapidly evolving world, roles, responsibilities and expectations are constantly changing, especially for women. Securing management positions and participating an integral part in this development of growth is no longer a matter of choice but a vital necessity. Every member of our society is required to contribute to making the world a better place”.
All her actions, she is directed by the vision of H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E., and Ruler of Dubai.
Throughout her determined efforts, Her Highness Sheikha Manal has empowered women to effectively participate in the nation’s building. Her unflinching support has helped women in the U.A.E. achieve regional and international recognition. The Complete Woman Programme, which seeks to reinforce the role of women in society by providing them with multi-dimensional experiences, both socially and intellectually, enjoys her wholehearted support.
She also emphasised the importance of improved collaboration among local and federal units in approving continuous growth and supporting the achievement of the nation’s goals, which is the reason behind the establishment of the Council three years ago.
One of her most notable initiatives was the launch of the H.H. Princes Manal Young Artist Award. The creativity positively compressed the society, both artistically and culturally, in addition to helping as a vehicle for women to express their inner calling through works of art.
In October 2007, Her Highness led the Dubai Cares campaign initiative to help solicit support and highlight the importance of helping underprivileged young girls overcome obstacles of poverty by securing their access to an education, one that is priceless and eternal.
Her Highness Princes Manal is Honorary President of the U.A.E. Association for Down’s Syndrome, and Symbolic President of the Emirates Marine Environment Group. She also donates to several humanitarian and charitable events around the Arab world, including the ‘Ebdaat’ Award for people with special needs. She is the first U.A.E. woman to come self-assured in support of Our U.A.E. Allowed of Thalassemia campaign, which started in 2006.
Her Highness Sheikha Manal was also honoured as Royal Ambassador to The Pink Caravan Initiative during a private ceremony; in recognition of her efforts and dedication in supporting women’s issues be it healthcare, child care or in the arts and also for the attention that she pays to the various activities aimed at the advancement of women locally, regionally and internationally.
On this occasion, Princes Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid said; “It is with deep emotion that I accept this honoured distinction and extend my patronage to this noble cause, which is an evidence of the inherent sense community and philanthropy that exists within all sections of the UAE community. Guided by our wise leadership, the UAE has spared no effort in trying to make the country free from diseases that pose a threat to the health of society motivated by the firm belief that everyone has the right to a standard of living, access to basic medical care and information about health and wellbeing.”
Her Highness Princes Manal’s strong artistic talent novelties creative appearance in her canvases. In 2004, she showcased her paintings for the first time in ‘Chromatic Encounters’, along with other U.A.E. women artists. In 2005, UNICEF selected two of her portraits as greetings cards to be sold around the world, with the proceeds benefiting less privileged children globally
Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and a Master’s in Marketing from the American University in Dubai, Her Highness Sheikha Manal is committed to helping women accomplish achievement in the UAE’s financial, public, leisure, arts and governmental fields.