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Mother’s Day: GCC women making a difference personally and professionally

* Many countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day on March 21

* Many women in the MENA region struggle a little more to achieve their professional and personal goals

* Some women are breaking all stereotypes and excelling both personally and professionally


While mothers don’t need one day in the year to be celebrated and appreciated, many countries around the world celebrate the occasion of Mother’s Day on March 21.

In the Middle East, successful mothers are to be truly appreciated, because across societies in this part of the world, women are already struggling in most countries to reach their professional or personal goals, so how about these mothers who accomplished both:


Fatima Al Jaber

Fatima Al Jaber is an engineer by training and entrepreneur by vocation. She is the Chief Operating Officer of UAE-based Al Jaber Group, managing over 50,000 staff members, and she became the first woman to be elected to the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce board of directors. In 2014, she has been ranked amongst some of the most powerful women in the world. Oh, did we forget to mention that she is a mother of five?


Raja Al Gurg

Dr. Raja Al Gurg is the managing director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, and is a board member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. That’s not all, she is also the president of the Dubai Business Women’s Council, board member of Dubai Women Association and a member of the Dubai Government Economic Gouncil and Arab International Forum. The list goes on as she is a mother who raised successful children, and one of them, Abulla Al Gurg, has been appointed the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group general manager.


(International Women’s Day: Five women making the GCC proud)


Sara Al Madani

Sara Al Madani is a busy woman, to say the least. She has divided her time up between entrepreneurship and business, as the founder of her fashion design line, and another demanding role as a board member at Sharjah Chamber of E-commerce. Al Madani has reached a success at such a young age, but on top of all her professional accomplishment, she makes time to take care of her son, Maktoum, whom she reportedly occasionally takes out and about with her.


(Developing women in the workplace: is middle management the problem?)


Helen Al Uzaizi

Helen Al Uzaizi has over 15 years of experience in the corporate and startup worlds. Today, she is the CEO of Biz World UAE and co-founder of Future Entrepreneurs, an entrepreneurship education platform in MENA. She has directed her passion to the entrepreneurship education field, aiming to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation of leaders, including her own two children, we hope.


 (L’Oréal-UNESCO Middle East Women in Science: Breaking Barriers)