Sheikha Mariam Princess of Abu Dhabi and Chair of Al Nahyan Foundation

Her Highness Sheikha Mariam daughter of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Her work and Position Within UAE government:

  • The Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Abu Dhabi-based Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and directs its vision development in the fields of art, culture, heritage; health; and early childhood development. Her Highness is passionate about creating platforms for the exploration and articulation of the many stories of this young country. SHF builds capability through art and design initiatives including the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship, the Lest We Forget Initiative and the UAE’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
  • She also actively promotes ethical leadership development. SHF is the benefactor for the Rhodes Scholarship for the UAE and Sheikha Mariam is co-chair of the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Scholars Program at NYU- Abu Dhabi. In addition to her work at the Foundation.
  • she holds the position of Honorary Chair of the Special Olympics UAE. She also oversees several initiatives such as the UAE National Day Celebrations and The Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi.
  • Her Highness holds a degree in Family Science and an MBA from Zayed University and completed the Executive Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

The UAE’s values and traditions are as important today as they were in the past, and they are “imperative” to the country’s future, the traditions passed down through Bedouin culture, as taught by previous generations, provide a sound framework for developing communities that have an impact.

Her Highness speech at World Summit stated: “I encourage our youth to participate in these important cultural and traditional events, especially our national celebrations, and to share in these celebrations with their families and neighbors.”

Sheikha Maryam bint Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on behalf of her mother and wife of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, launched today an initiative under the slogan ‘From the children in Abu Dhabi’ to highlight the artwork of the children displayed on the buses in the emirate.

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