What Emirati Women’s Day Means To Us

What Emirati Women’s Day Means To Us


This year, Emirati Women’s Day, August 28th, will celebrate ‘Women on the Course of Zayed’; an apt choice in the Year of Zayed and an acknowledgement of the scores of Emirati women who have embodied the late Ruler’s ethos of tolerance, inclusion and innovation throughout their lives.  The visionary wisdom of the founding father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, recognised the importance of female empowerment as essential to the fabric of a country’s success, in his own words, “Nothing makes me happier than seeing women take their exceptional role in society, and nothing must obstruct their advancement.”

His foresight, of course, was absolutely correct.  In the last decades we have been privileged to witness the ground-breaking pursuits and achievements of Emirati women, both here at home and abroad.  Across the various fields of sport, politics, science, engineering, technology and even the military, Emirati Women have dedicated their efforts to smashing barriers and perceived limitations.  They have offered a voice of profound experience and forged paths to be emanated by those who will come after them.  The potential and encouragement of the UAE have ensured that every young Emirati woman can consider no achievement or goal beyond her grasp, from political office to founding a business.  The movement of Emirati Women’s Day was spearheaded by
Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), and the ‘Mother of the UAE,’ and it is under her example that empowered Emirati Women have been able to make such an impact on the prosperity of the United Arab Emirates and its perception in the eyes of the world.   

Here at Apartment 51, we are honoured to play a part in this powerful movement thanks to our inspiring founders, Huda Al Rostamani and Roberta Calarese.  These ambitious and innovative women realised early on that they wanted to use their talents and their passions to create something different, something that would enhance people’s lives and offer them a glimpse of other worlds and cultures.  Their unrelenting dedication is the secret behind Apartment 51 and we caught up with them between scouting trips to find out exactly what Emirati Women’s Day means to them.

What does it mean to you to be an Emirati Woman or a Woman living in the UAE?
We are so privileged to live in a country where the possibilities for women are endless, and one in which we are supported by our leaders to reach for the stars.    The UAE is a country of peace, innovation and a uniquely amazing quality of life and we love contributing to its evolution as part of its past, present and future. 

What was it that inspired you to start Apartment 51?
We are passionate about homes and the moments you spend in them.  For us, each moment should be memorable and thoroughly enjoyable.  We wanted Apartment 51 to be a lifestyle concept that would infuse the UAE with new ideas on kitchenware, dinnerware and furniture.  We wanted to bring to the market a new offering which met our three key pillars: design, quality and affordability.   

Which Emirati women have inspired you?
Whilst there are so many fantastic individuals who have achieved great heights in specific areas as Emirati Women, I think we are most inspired by the collective and the way in which Emirati Women are viewed as a group. Thanks to the combined efforts and innovations of these women, future generations will consider no opportunity unobtainable for them and those little girls who dream of owning their own business or success won’t falter in their pursuit of it.  Above all, we admire all women who want to make a difference in society.  

What are your goals for the future?
Beyond growing our business and continuing to source the best range of products, our focus will always be on inspiring our customers to make their homes, and lifestyles, as heavenly as possible.    


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