Grip the wheel of an MG and you can feel generations of good times built into its DNA.
Cecil Kimber ( 1888-1945), Morris Garages sales manager, wanted to make modified Morris cars that were faster and sportier.
Local female investors are also active in the UAE capital markets, making up 51 per cent of all Emirati investors on the Abu Dhabi stock exchange.
In the energy sector, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company recently appointed its first two Emirati female chief executives.
They are “breaking down the barriers of what it means to be a strong and influential Emirati woman in today’s working world”, he said.
The Central Bank employs more than 130 Emirati women, 18 of whom occupy managerial positions while three are in senior leadership roles.
“ Gender balance is a business case,” said Tayba Al Hashemi, chief executive of Al Yasat Petroleum, a subsidiary of Adnoc.
“ Many studies show that companies with more balanced percentages of women achieve the best performance and financial results.” Working Emirati women said the future of the workplace in the UAE can accommodate them better with more flexible work practices as they try to balance career ambitions with the responsibility of motherhood.
“ I feel we’ve come a long way as Emirati women in the UAE,” Mariam Al Qubaisi, sustainability manager at Etihad Airways, told The National.
“ Some organisations, like some sort of corporate social responsibility, meet government requirements and tick the box, but in Etihad it’s different.
#Careers UAE2020 As the UAE marks Emirati Women’s Day, female business leaders say they are able to thrive in notoriously male-dominated industries, defying stereotypes and striving to balance traditional roles with careerbuilding.
Emirati women are making their mark in the private sector, earning top roles in fields ranging from finance to aerospace manufacturing.
Emirati women account for about 75.3 per cent of UAE citizens working in the financial sector, according to the Central Bank.