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01 July 2017

Sheikha Dr Alia Humaid Al Qassimi, a mother of five, is not only an accomplished gynaecologist specialised in plastic aesthetics and reconstructive surgery, but she is also the acting chief executive of the Social Care and Development sector of the Dubai Government, where she handles disability and the treatment of people with special needs.

"In addition to my practice, in the mornings I work as an expert for the Community Development Authority, leading two main taskforces on the Dubai disability strategy for 2020," she says.

"I work on programmes and strategies that will ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce, safeguarding their leadership and development.


Dr Al Qassimi has more than 18 years' experience in the ­healthcare sector. She studied in the UAE and internationally and is a senior member of the European Society of Aesthetic Gynaecology.

In 2006, wanting to bridge the gap between administration and the medical staff, Dr Al Qassimi joined the Dubai campus of RCSI and graduated with a MSc in Healthcare Management in 2008.

Her contributions to the social sector and the workforce earned her the Inspirational Woman of the Year Award at last year's Arab Women Awards.

More recently she received the Woman Leader Award in the Community Development Excellence category at the 19th Global Women Leaders' Conference in Dubai - in conjunction with International Women's Day in March - which was attended by female leaders and delegations from across the globe.

Despite her many notable accomplishments, Dr Al Qassimi's five children remain her greatest achievement.

"My children keep me going," she says.

"They are my reassurance that whatever time I spend with them is quality time and they are proud of what I do."


Quick fire questions:

Who is your favourite superhero?
A strong woman like Wonder Woman!

What tourist attractions do you recommend for visitors to the UAE?
A combination of the more traditional with the Islamic culture of Sharjah, and the Burj Khalifa, the icon of "nothing is impossible".

What three things would you want if you were stuck on a deserted island?
Food (I love food), my phone and my children.

What do you do to relax?
I usually take a break by going for a massage.

Extracts from her feature on 'My UAE' in The National UAE. Read her full article here.