A celebration of excellence.

This year marks the eighth annual Emirati Women’s Day, and in celebration of this special day, we present five inspiring Emirati female athletes who are challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers in their respective fields.

١ Zahra Lari

The 28-year-old is the first hijab-wearing professional figure skater from the UAE to compete internationally and at the Winter Universiade in Russia in 2019. As a result of Lari’s accomplishments, the UAE became the first Arab state to join the International Skating Union.

٢ Amna Al Qubaisi

The 23-year-old racing driver became the first Middle Eastern woman to participate in a motorsport test program for Formula E in 2018 after the Diriyah ePrix in Saudi Arabia. She is not only the first female Emirati F3 driver but also the first female Arab to win a Formula 4 race at the F1 Grand Prix in 2019.

٣ Hana Al Nabulsi

After completing two Ironman races, Al Nabulsi became the youngest Emirati athlete to complete Mexico’s 113km Ironman in 2021. And in the Dubai Women’s Triathlon 2022, the 27-year-old won first place in the Olympic distance race in the women’s category.

٤ Amna Banihashem

In addition to being an award-winning equestrian rider, Amna Banihashem has ridden for both His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

٥ Areej Al Hammadi

After winning her first cap for the UAE international team in 2015, she played in the Aphrodite Cup in Cyprus and qualified for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 in Tajikistan. She also played at the WAFF Women’s Championship in Bahrain in 2019.