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Five Ways to Mark Emirati Women’s Day in the UAE

August 28 is Emirati Women’s Day. The theme of this year’s occasion is “Women on the Course of Zayed”, to coincide with the declaration of 2018 as the Year of Zayed. Emirati Women’s Day was first founded in 2014 by HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, to mark the General Women’s Union, which was established on August 28, 1975. Now in its fourth year running, we look forward to celebrating the immeasurable talent and contributions of the remarkable Emirati women across the nation. Read on for the ways you can mark the special day this year.

Engaging Panel Discussions

Flow Talk Series
Tomorrow, Flow Talk Series will be hosting a panel of four talented Emirati women in recognition of Emirati Women’s Day. The women in the panel include CrossFit athlete Amnah Al Bahar, the brainchild behind fashion label Rouge Couture Sara Al Madani, one of the first air traffic control officers Nouf Al Afifi, and founder of children’s brand Little Wren, Aisha Alkhaja. The event will be mediated by champion weightlifter Amna Al Haddad. The women will discuss an array of topics that celebrate the diverse contributions made by Emirati women in a multitude of fields. The special Flow Talk Series is free to attend, and will take place from 6-7pm on Tuesday August 28 at Flow, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai.

Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy
Similarly, in celebration of Emirati Women’s Day, Abu Dhabi Ladies Club the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy will celebrate the achievements of Emirati women and their important role in the sustainable development of the country, especially in the field of sports. A panel discussion with five accomplished Emirati women – which begins at 10am – will be followed by a yoga session and healthy cooking workshop. The event is free for all, but requires registration prior to attending at

Supporting Local Artists

Mirzam Chocolate
This Tuesday, Mirzam Chocolate is celebrating Emirati Women’s Day by offering complimentary hot chocolate all day for all women, irrespective of nationality,. The Emirati-owned business will be serving its gourmet beverage in a cup boasting a customized pen and ink illustration of Dubai’s creek by Emirati artist Mariam Abbas. Mirzam has gained cult status for its artisanal chocolate offerings. In fact, it is the UAE’s first (and only) bean-to-bar chocolate factory, attracting droves of locals and tourists to its Al Serkal Avenue space.

Meanwhile, Deliveroo is set to celebrate Emirati women by gifting each of its customers decorative refrigerator magnets featuring empowering illustrations by Alia Al Shamsi. Al Shamsi, who launched her career as a jet-setting photojournalist, is also an award-winning author and sketch artist.

Complimentary Dining

Pearl Rotana Capital Centre
All Emirati ladies that visit Pearl Rotana’s Abu Dhabi restaurant, Dino’s Bistro Italiano, on Tuesday will receive a complimentary dinner. The restaurant offers a variety of tantalizing Italian dishes like calamari fritti and strozzapretti prepared on site by the talented culinary team (there are vegan and gluten-free options too). Pearl Rotana isn’t the only venue offering complimentary meals—burger joint BareBurger will give out free burgers at each of its four UAE branches to the first 50 female customers that visit the restaurant.

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