Kate-Lynne Wolmarans08 Mar 2017 AT 04:01 PM

Sheikh Mohammed: “Most of my team are women”

The Dubai ruler takes to Instagram to celebrate International Women’s Day
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans08 Mar 2017 AT 04:01 PM
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE, International Women's Day
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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE, International Women's Day
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His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day.

On March 7 the 67-year-old shared a snap of himself and his predominately female team on Instagram along with the caption: “Tomorrow we celebrate International Women's day. In the UAE we are proud to recognize them for their inspiration and great contributions... Most of my team are women. I thank them - and call on every government minister and leader tomorrow to celebrate their female team members.”

‏يحتفل العالم غدا بيوم المرأة العالمي.. ونحتفل في الإمارات بالمرأة شريكة في التنمية ومربية للأجيال وصانعة للتغيير ومحركة للتطوير في المجتمع.. ‏أشكر فريق عملي من النساء.. وأتمنى من كل وزير ومدير أن يشكر غدا فريق عمله من النساء عبر احتفاء بسيط بهن وبجهودهن ومساهماتهن.. ‪Tomorrow we celebrate International Women's day. In the UAE we are proud to recognize them for their inspiration and great contributions.. Most of my team are women. I thank them - and call on every government minister and leader tomorrow to celebrate their female team members.‬

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The shot which was posted on Tuesday has already been liked over 30,000 times.

And, given the high rate of women in parliament – there’s eight – and the fact that Emirati women make up 75 per cent of those working for the public sector, it’s safe to say that the UAE is doing a good job.

That said though, the public sector isn’t the only area where the women of the nation are thriving. They’re also making a mark on the world of sport – five of the 13 athletes who represented the UAE at the Rio Olympics late last year were women – and previously male dominated professions like aviation with Emirates Airline recently stating that 44 per cent of its 29,000 staff are women. Impressive. 

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