Originally founded in 2015 by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Emirati Women’s Day is an occasion that is very close to our heart here at Vogue Arabia. The much-respected powerhouse who juggles many hats as Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development, conceptualized the annual event in an effort to celebrate the work done by Emirati women around the world, and serves as a reminder that the women of the UAE are a force to be reckoned with.
This year, the Mother of the Nation has chosen the theme of Emirati Women’s Day to be “Inspiring Reality; Sustainable Future”, a thoughtful concept that inspires us all to look forward towards a better tomorrow. From an Abaya Rally in Abu Dhabi to a special panel discussion featuring Emirati electrical engineer and life coach Walaa Ahmed Al Shehhi and Emirati aircraft engineer Suaad Al Shamsi, August 28 will see Emirati women throughout the region celebrating in different ways. And in your own little way, you can make the women in your life feel special too.
On occasion of Emirati Women’s Day, we have put together an edit of gifts that are bound to be treasured. Treat your closest friends to kaftans by Taller Marmo and Azzalia, or go a little more contemporary with a La Double J dress that’s ideal for hot summer days. Remind your sister of home with Tom Ford’s oud wood candle, or with Diptyque’s perfumed brooch, which serves as the perfect accessory for head scarves. To commemorate the day, you can’t go wrong with Judith Leiber’s sparkling Emirates-inspired clutch, while Loewe’s pistachio green handbag makes an easy day-to-day hold-all. For the style enthusiast, Valentino’s emerald green earrings are a win, as are Amina Abdul Jillil’s festive bow-detailed heels. And for the Emirati girl who loves her beauty fix, Myriam K’s oud hair perfume, Huda Beauty’s latest eyeshadow palette, and GHD’s platinum white hair straightener make absolute must-haves.