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T “I was eight years old when my mother took me and my sisters "%$"?-$?%#0!")*+$E$B)#$1-)**,$"-11!'!-/$ because I didn’t know what was =%!.=$%.+$E$-."-1-/$)$B?!"-$1%%9$ and was told by the nurse to lay %.$"?-$3-/+$8$&-B$9!.2"-#$*)"-1F$ I felt severe pain and then every‐ thing ended,” narrates 21 year old Asma Obaid, about the day her 9%"?-1$"%%@$8#9)$)./$?-1$'!C-$ #!#"-1#$&%1$O)$D2!(@$"1!0+7 Female circumcision is considered a sensitive topic in UAE society as people still argue about whether it is recommended Islamically or simply practiced because of tribal "1)/!"!%.#+$8$#!=.!&).("$.293-1$ of UAE Nationals follow the foot‐ steps of their parents and grand‐ parents without questioning the 01)("!(-$%&$&-9)*-$(!1(29(!#!%.+ If Islam encourages female circumcision, why do experts consider the practice medically and psychologically harmful to &-9)*-#K$E#$"?-1-$).,$1-*!=!%2#$ "-;"$0-%0*-$#?%2*/$1-&-1$"%K$5?)"$ !#$"?-$9-/!()*$0%!."$%&$C!-BK$81-$ "?-1-$3-.-'!"#$"%$"?!#$01)("!(-K$ L).,$D2-#"!%.#$1-=)1/!.=$&-9)*-$ (!1(29(!#!%.$.--/$).#B-1#+$ Female circumcision originated in Egypt in 100 BC, where the concept of the Pharaoh’s (!1(29(!#!%.$B)#$-#")3*!#?-/+$ It is based on the mutilation of the sensitive female genital area, which leaves only a very small aperture for the passage %&$21!.-$)./$9-.#"12)"!%.+$>?!#$ type of female circumcision is still popular in some Arab countries #2(?$)#$:=,0"$)./$A2/).+$E.$"?-$ P2*&$(%2."1!-#F$)./$#0-(!'!()**,$ in the UAE, female circumcision is to some still a tribal tradition and a religious tradition to oth‐

-1#+$8*"?%2=?$!"$?)#$3--.$3)..-/$ in UAE government hospitals, it is still performed secretly in the (%2."1,+$>?-$(%99%.$",0-$%&$ circumcision in the UAE is the one in which a small portion of "?-$&-9)*-$=-.!")*!)$!#$1-9%C-/+ Opinions on female circumcision vary because of cultural sensi‐ tivity and the different levels of education among members of "?-$(%992.!",+$E.$)$Desert Dawn survey of 200 Emiratis from both sexes on the subject of female circumcision, 34% of female respondents were circumcised 3-()2#-$%&$(2#"%9#$)./$"1)/!"!%.#+$$ 8$#!=.!'!()."$QRS$%&$(!1(29(!#-/$ female participants were in favor of female circumcision and will circumcise their daughters !.$"?-$&2"21-+$TUS$%&$)**$B%9-.$ respondents opposed the practice while 99% of male participants )*#%$%00%#-/$&-9)*-$(!1(29(!#!%.+

EI$EA[8L$ :\6YJH8P:A$ I:L8[:$ 6EH6JL6EAEY\F$ 5G]$4Y$ :^<:H>A$6Y\AE4:H$ >G:$<H86>E6:$ L:4E68[[]$8\4$ <A]6GY[YPE68[[]$ G8HLIJ[$>Y$ I:L8[:AK L)1!)9$G29)!/F$)$UV$,-)1$%*/$ university student, was seven years old when she was taken to her grandmother’s house who was known for her medical

@.%B*-/=-$!.$"?-$"1!3-+$WE$B)#$ feeling every needle prick as I was circumcised without any 0)!.$@!**-1#+X$L)1!)9$#"1-##-#$ that female circumcision is a must in her tribe; those who are circumcised will be respected and appreciated unlike those who are not and who will be held inferior )./$*%%@-/$/%B.$%.+$WY&$(%21#-$ I will circumcise my daughters and if my husband doesn’t like the idea, I will do whatever it ")@-#$"%$0-1#2)/-$?!9+X L)1!)9$"-**#$"?-$#"%1,$%&$?-1$ &1!-./F$UU$,-)1#$%*/$8*!)$A)--/F$ who was circumcised against her will when a man proposed to her and requested the circumcision )#$)$(%./!"!%.$"%$9)11,$?-1+$WE$1-‐ searched the topic and I discovered that if it was done in the correct B),F$!"$!#$)*1!=?"+X$A%$#?-$)=1--/$ )./$9)11!-/$?!9+$ A)1)$8*!F$)$UZ$,-)1$%*/$2.!C-1#!",$ student, was circumcised at the age of nine with her six sisters )"$)$=%C-1.9-."$?%#0!")*+$Y.-$ of her sisters was not circumcised after the authorities banned the 01)("!(-+$WL,$&)"?-1$/!/.7"$*!@-$"?-$ idea of female circumcision, but the pressure from my grandmother and aunts was greater than his B!#?+XA)1)$3-*!-C-#$&-9)*-$(!1(29‐ (!#!%.$C!%*)"-#$B%9-.7#$1!=?"#+$ Although the youngest in her family, 22 years old bank employee Fatma Essa is the only circumcised girl !.$?-1$&)9!*,+$G-1$9%"?-1$"%%@$?-1$ along with the mother’s friend and daughter to get both daughters (!1(29(!#-/+$I)"9)$"?!.@#$?-1$ mother was influenced by her &1!-./+$WE$/%.7"$@.%B$"?-$1-)#%.#$ behind the circumcision and I don’t know whether I am for or against it, but I’m sure that my


] mother won’t do anything that B!**$()2#-$9-$?)19+X$A?-$-;0*)!.#$ that every mother wants the best for her daughter and so if the circumcision is harmful, her 9%"?-1$B%2*/$.%"$/%$!"+ L%.)$8?9-/F$)$UU$,-)1$%*/$#"2/-."$ and mother of two boys, said she will circumcise her daughter if #?-$?)#$)$3)3,$=!1*+$A?-$B!**$/%$)#$ her mother did to her when she B)#$%.*,$"B%$/),#$%*/+$WE.$()#-$ 9,$?2#3)./$1-&2#-/$"%$(!1(29(!M-$ our daughter, I won’t object to him because my only objective for (!1(29(!M!.=$?-1$!#$"%$&%**%B$"?-$ A2..)?$%&$"?-$<1%0?-"$_<`JGa+X$ A?-$#"1-##-/F$?%B-C-1F$!&$#?-$ circumcises her daughter, it will be in her early days and not when #?-$=1%B#$20+$ Y.$"?-$%"?-1$?)./F$J9$H--9F$ a circumcised mother of two girls, did not circumcise her daughters because she believes it has no 3-.-&!"#+$W5?-.$E$@.%B$"?)"$"?-$ damage caused by girls’ circumci‐ sion is much bigger than its ben‐ -'!"#F$B?)"7#$"?-$0%!."$%&$-./).=-1‐ !.=$"?-$*!C-#$%&$%21$/)2=?"-1#KX I)"9)$8*$L)1M%2D!F$)$Ub$,-)1$%*/$ employee in Abu‐Dhabi, opposes female circumcision for its violation %&$B%9-.7#$1!=?"#+$WL%#"$0-%0*-$ who circumcise their daughters are people who cling to their tribal traditions and customs which have nothing to do with 1-*!=!%.$%1$9-/!(!.-+X$8=1--!.=$ with Fatma, 22 years old student L)!"?)$L%?)99-/F$-.(%21)=-#$ the authorities to take action on &-9)*-$(!1(29(!#!%.+$W>?-$)2"?%1‐ ities must play a better advocacy 1%*-+$5-$)1-$#2&&-1!.=$"%/),$&1%9$ the lack of resources and informa‐ tion regarding the circumcision of girls which prevents individuals

from gaining the knowledge about such procedures, especially if it B)#$()11!-/$%2"$3,$2.D2)*!'!-/$ /%("%1#$%1$!./!C!/2)*#+X

and sticking to real Islamic prac‐ tices will guide the girls to proper 3-?)C!%1+$6!1(29(!#!.=$"?-9$B%.7"$ 9)@-$"?-9$3-""-1$3-?)C-/+X$

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With reference to the origin of &-9)*-$(!1(29(!#!%.$!.$E#*)9F$41+$ 8?9-/$8*$G)//)/F$P1)./$L2&"!$ of the UAE and Director of Ifta Department, notes that historically Arabs always knew about female circumcision, but only medicine B%9-.$0-1&%19-/$"?-$01%(-/21-+$ G-$D2%"-#$<1%0?-"$L%?)99-/$ _<`JGa$#),!.=$"%$)$B%9).$B?%9$ he saw circumcising a girl: “cut %&&$%.*,$"?-$&%1-#@!.$_%2"-1$&%*/$ of skin over the clitoris; the 01-02(-a$32"$/%.7"$(2"$/--0*,$_!+-+ "?-$(*!"%1!#$!"#-*& aF$&%1$"?!#$!#$ 31!=?"-1$&%1$"?-$&)(-$_%&$"?-$=!1*a$ and more favorable with the ?2#3)./+X$5?!*-$(!1(29(!#!%.$!#$ performed on men and women, there is no evidence from the e21).$%1$A2..)?$1-D2!1!.=$&-9)*-$ (!1(29(!#!%.+$$

As shown in the results of the survey, the majority of UAE men agree there is no point of female circumcision, rejecting the idea because of its many disadvantages especially if it is performed !901%0-1*,+$L%?)99-/$8?9-/F$ )$UT$,-)1$%*/$3).@$-90*%,--F$ opposes female circumcision because it leads to endless physical )./$0#,(?%*%=!()*$01%3*-9#+$WL).,$ who circumcise their daughters have misunderstood Islam and most of them perform it due to cultural reasons which do not ?)C-$).,"?!.=$"%$/%$B!"?$1-*!=!%.+X$ L)c-/$8?9-/F$)$Vd$,-)1$%*/$ university student, agrees with L%?)99-/+$W>?-$1-)*$1-)#%.#$ behind female circumcision are the traditions and customs with‐ out referring to the advice of -;0-1"#+X$G-$3-*!-C-#$"?-$01)("!(-$ %&$(!1(29(!#!%.$!#$2.c2#"$"%$&-9)*-#+ WL).,$0-%0*-$)1-$)&1)!/$"?-!1$ daughters will misbehave, so they (!1(29(!#-$"?-9+$P%%/$9)..-1#$

>?-$&%21$A2..!$#(?%%*#$%&$c21!#‐ prudece in Islam have slightly /!&&-1-."$!."-101-")"!%.#+$A%9-$ of them see it as obligatory like 8*$A?))'!7!$#(?%%*f$W6!1(29(!#!%.$ is obligatory for both men and women, but on a very small scale &%1$B%9-.+X$A%9-$%&$"?-9$3-*!-C-$ !"$!#$/-#!1)3*-$*!@-$G).3)*!$)./$ G).)&!F$B?!*-$L)*@!$"?!.@#$!"$ !#$).$?%.%1$&%1$"?-$=!1*+$ 41+$8?9-/$8*$e23)!#!F$&%19-1$ President, Department of Islamic A"2/!-#$)"$"?-$J.!C-1#!",$%&$`)=?/)/F and recently at the UAE University, )=1--#$B!"?$41+$8?9-/$8*$G)//)/$ that circumcision is a personal (?%!(-F$.%"$1-*!=!%2#+$>%$?!9F$ 9).,$L2#*!9#$/%$!"$B!"?%2"$).,$ clear evidence from the Quran or A2..)?+$G-$#"1-##-#$%.$"?-$#!=.!'!‐ cance of the statement released by


S the United Nations two years ago which totally prohibits female circumcision due to the harm it ()2#-#+$W:C-.$!&$"?-$#!90*-#"$&-9)*-$ (!1(29(!#!%.$!#$3-.-'!(!)*$"%$9-.F$ we should not forget that it may harm the girl physically and psychologically and in Islam we are not allowed to favor one party %C-1$"?-$%"?-1+X$

3-()2#-$%&$?,=-.!($1-)#%.#+$ “Female circumcision is not performed due to hygenic reasons and there is no harm if she is not (!1(29(!#-/+X$G-$)*#%$-90?)#!M-#$ the harm caused by Pharonic circumcision and asks to punish those who perform it because it harms the woman and damages ?-1$1-*)"!%.#?!0$B!"?$?-1$?2#3)./+$

41+$]2#2&$8*he)1)/)B!F$).$-#"--9-/$ Islamic scholar, noted in his study on women’s issues in Islam, as 0%#"-/$%.$?!#$B-3#!"-$_BBB+ D)1)/)B!+.-"aF$"?)"$0-%0*-F$!.(*2/‐ ing doctors and scholars, support female circumcision to prevent &-9)*-#$&1%9$(%99!""!.=$#!.#+$ WL).,$L2#*!9$(%2."1!-#$/%$.%"$ circumcise their women and we do not notice increased levels of females’ sinful acts there!”

L-/!()**,$#0-)@!.=$)./$)((%1/!.=$ "%$%.-$/%("%1$_#?-$)#@-/$.%"$"%$3-$ !/-."!&!-/aF$9)*-$(!1(29(!#!%.$ is a must because it prevents serious infections which could cause /).=-1%2#$/!#-)#-#$#2(?$)#$().(-1+$ A?-$)1=2-#F$?%B-C-1F$"?)"$&-9)*-$ circumcision is medically unac‐ (-0")3*-$)#$"?-1-$!#$.%$3-.-'!"$ to it other than reducing the &-9)*-7#$#-;2)*$/-#!1-#+$W>?-$ circumciser removes a part of the female’s genitalia which leads "%$1-/2(!.=$"?-$&-9)*-7#$*!3!/%+X$ A?-$)*#%$-;0*)!.#$"?)"$!.$<?)1%.!($ circumcision, the circumciser 0-1&%19#$(*!"%1!/-("%9,$_1-9%C!.=$ all or part of the labia minora, the *)3!)$9)c%1)a$W*-)C!.=$"?-$(!1(29‐ cised totally incapable of feeling/

41+$8*$G)//)/$)1=2-#$!&$&-9)*-$ circumcision is to be performed, it should be done at birth and not *)"-1$B?!(?$!#$&%13!//-.$!.$E#*)9+$ “It will harm the girl and reveal ?-1$01!C)"-$)1-)+X$L-.F$?%B-C-1F$ can be circumcised at any age

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enjoying intercourse and turning her into a woman whose job is to deliver babies!” Pharonic circumcision can be deadly as it may cause bleeding and infections during intercourse %1$B?!*-$=!C!.=$3!1"?+$L).,$&-9)*-#$ who experienced Pharonic circum‐ cision have ended up in surgery 1%%9#$%1F$!.$#%9-$()#-#F$/-)/+ The role of the Government in putting an end to this fatal tradition !#$3-!.=$D2-#"!%.-/$)./$)$(*)1!'!()‐ tion is needed on the legality of female circumcision in the country )#$!"$!#$(211-."*,$)93!=2%2#+$E&$!"$ Number of circumcized women is banned in government hospitals, why is it still being performed in %"?-1$?-)*"?$&)(!*!"!-#K$E"$(%9-#$ as no surprise that many health %&'!(!)*#$1-&2#-/$"%$(%%0-1)"-$!.$ 01%C!/!.=$!.&%19)"!%.$%.$"?-$"%0!(+ 66%

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Dear diary, “Today I turned 23 and I am still B)!"!.=+$]%2$92#"$@.%B$"?!#$C-1,$ well by now, how much I want this and for how long I have been B)!"!.=+$A200%#-/*,F$E$)9$).$ independent adult who can make decisions on her own, but appar‐ -."*,$E$)9$.%"+$L,$9%9$=)C-$9-$ again the same old answer: “Wait 2."!*$,%2$=-"$9)11!-/+X$5-**F$E$)9$ sick and tired of it, I just want to cut and dye my hair, why do I need to wait for a man to do that!” This is a piece from the diary of my angry friend who is still waiting for a husband so she can cut and /,-$?-1$?)!1+$A%9-"?!.=$)3%2"$!"$ got me thinking, not just laughing ?,0%(1!"!()**,$)"$B?)"$E$1-)/+$

L).,$,-)1#$)=%F$!"$B)#$.%19)*$ "%$'!./$0)1-."#$B?%$1-c-("-/$)$*%"$ of things their daughters wanted to do as families were strict in many ways and did not allow their daughters to go out, study %1$B%1@+$`2"$B!"?$"%/),7#$/-C-*‐ opment and openness in society, young ladies are able to go to college, work, or go out with fewer 1-#"1!("!%.#+$ A2101!#!.=*,F$?%B-C-1F$)./$/-#0!"-$ the openness, many families do not allow their daughters to do #!90*-$"?!.=#$&%1$3!M)11-$1-)#%.#+$ Parents allow their daughters to make big decisions related to their career and life while objecting to other simple things such as cutting )./$/,!.=$"?-!1$?)!1+

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people won’t talk about them and will look for somebody else to =%##!0$)3%2"+X$P%##!0$!#$#%9-"?!.=$ that people tend to be very careful of, especially parents as gossiping about a girl means gossiping about her reputation, which is the most important thing about a girl in the *%()*$(2*"21-+$ Other parents act this way with "?-!1$/)2=?"-1#$"%$01%"-("$"?-9+$ L).,$&)9!*!-#$/!#)001%C-$%&$#"%1!-#$

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41+$[),*)$8*$A)9)1)!F$6*!.!()*$ <#,(?%*%=!#"$)"$423)!$G-)*"?$ Authority, argues that the most common problems that terminate the dialogue between a mother and her daughter are the lack of education and the generation =)0+$L%"?-1#$)*B),#$"?!.@$"?-!1$ daughters are still too young to 2./-1#")./+$

L8\]$PEH[A$8H:$ AGY6j:4$5G:\$ >G:]$IEHA>$P:>$ >G:EH$<:HEY4F$ `:68JA:$\Y$Y\:$ :g:H$>Y[4$>G:L$ >G8>$>GEA$EA$ Y\[]$\8>JH8[$ 8\4$G:8[>G]+ Embarrassment is another factor that keeps the mother from #")1"!.=$)$/!)*%=2-+$WL%"?-1#$ nowadays should know that education about puberty is very important, because it shapes the way a female thinks about herself; the way she dresses, ?-1$?,=!-.-$)./$?-)*"?FX$41+$8*$ A)9)1)!$-;0*)!.#+$A%9-$9%"?-1#$ wait till their daughters get their periods to start talking about 023-1",+$L%#"$%&$"?-9$)1-$.%"$ aware of how important it is for their daughters to know about

body changes before experiencing "?-9+$W5?-.$9,$31-)#"#$B-1-$ developing, I always used to wrap a piece of cloth around them so it B%2*/.7"$#?%B+$E"$*%%@-/$)B&2*FX$ #),#$j+8+$)$Vm$,-)1$%*/$=!1*+ Y.$)C-1)=-F$=!1*#$'!1#"$=-"$"?-!1$ periods when they are 12 or 13 ,-)1#$%*/$_#%9-$-)1*!-1$%1$*)"-1a+$$ 41+$A)!&$8?9-/$A)*!9F$6%992.!",$ L-/!(!.-$)./$:/2()"!%.)*$G-)*"?$ A0-(!)*!#"$)"$423)!$G-)*"?$82"?%1!",F advises a mother should begin having conversations with her daughter when the daughter starts understanding what is happening around her, which is around 2 to 3 ,-)1#$%*/+$>?!#$B!**$9)@-$!"$92(?$ easier for the mother to talk to her daughter later on when it is time for more important and #-.#!"!C-$"%0!(#+$ 83--1$8*$A2B)!/!F$)$9%"?-1$%&$"B%F$ says her eight year old daughter started questioning her when she '!1#"$#)B$)$0)(@$%&$#).!")1,$0)/#$ )"$?%9-+$WE$-;0*)!.-/$!"$"%$?-1$ B?-.$#?-$B)#$)$3!"$%*/-1+$>?!#$B)#$ B?-.$E$1-)*!M-/$"?)"$023-1",$!#$).$ important issue and not a matter "%$!=.%1-+X If daughters are not used to having conversations with their mothers, they may rely on their friends as a source of information about different things in life, which is not )*B),#$"?-$0-1&-("$#%*2"!%.+$>?-,$ might even get false information &1%9$"?-$E."-1.-"$%1$9)=)M!.-#+$


UV A%9-$=!1*#$9),$3-$#()1-/$%&$#?)1!.= the special news with their mothers because they think what is happening to them is abnormal, 41+$8#)9)1)!$-;0*)!.#+$Y.$"?-$ other hand, the ones who have absolutely no idea about what the period is will be in shock when "?-,$&!1#"$=-"$!"+$W5?-.$E$=%"$9,$ 0-1!%/F$"?-$'!1#"$"?%2=?"$"?)"$()9-$ to my mind was that I was dying,” #),#$L)1,)9$83/2**)F$)$"--.)=-1$ who has experienced the situation 1-(-."*,+ If girls have no idea about what a period is and how it happens, most probably they will not know ?%B$"%$2#-$)$0)/$01%0-1*,+$WE$?)/$ to change my underwear more %&"-.$3-()2#-$%&$`*%%/$#")!.#+$E$ wasn’t sure if my mom should know about it,” says Alia, a bank -90*%,--+$ Girls are supposed to be prepared for the physical changes that will happen to their body such as developing breasts, body curves, hormones, pubic hair, and their 0-1!%/+$>?-$B),$"?-$!.&%19)"!%.$ is taught to girls should help them feel relieved and joyful when they experience those first drops of 3*%%/+$41+$A)!&$(*)1!'!-#$"?)"$9%"?-1#$ have to explain the signs of <1-9-.#"12)*$A,./1%9-$_<LAa$ like mood swings, breast tender‐ ness and sleepiness that will make her identify that the changes she !#$-;0-1!-.(!.=$)1-$.)"21)*+ A mother has to state positive things to her daughter about 9-.#"12)"!%.+$A?-$#?%2*/$)*#%$ know that it means her daughter’s ovaries are working properly and one day she will be a mother and ?)C-$(?!*/1-.F$B?!(?$!#$3-)2"!&2*+$$ “Instead of scaring your daughter and making her feel that her child‐

hood is gone, she can know that it’s the birth of her womanhood, B?!(?$!#$)$.!(-$"?!.=FX$41+$8*$ A)9)1)!$)//#+$8.%"?-1$0%#!"!C-$ fact to say is that every time a girl gets her period her body !#$(*-).#-/+ 4!&'!(2*"$"%0!(#$)1-$01-&-1)3*,$ discussed in a place where there !#$.%"$92(?$-,-$(%.")("+$WE$")*@$"%$ my mom about my secrets in the ()1F$-#0-(!)**,$)"$.!=?"FX$#),#$Vm$ ,-)1$%*/$I)"!9)$L+$I1!-./*, conversations are always a good start no matter how hard the sub‐ c-("$!#+$<1!C)(,$!#$).$!90%1")." factor when it comes to such #-.#!"!C-$"%0!(#+$W8$9%"?-1$9!=?"$ want to choose a place where her daughter will be comfortable, which depends on the personality %&$"?-$=!1*+$A%9-$B%2*/$*!@-$"%$=%$ to a restaurant, while others would prefer staying at home,” 41+$A)!&$-;0*)!.#+ [)(@$%&$-/2()"!%.F$)=-$/!&&-1-.(-$ and embarrassment are probably the main reasons behind the barrier between a mother and ?-1$/)2=?"-1+$8$9%"?-1$!#$?-1$ daughter’s role model, friend )./$"-)(?-1+$8$?-)*"?,$9%"?-1h daughter relationship means that every daughter must know that her mother is the one whom she can approach whenever she needs ?-*0$B!"?$#2(?$!##2-#+

41+$<1)=-1F$B?%$?%#"#$W8#@$41+$ Iris” forums and manages the content on several websites, including BBB+")90);+(%9F$ BBB+)*B),#+(%9F$)./ BBB+3-!.==!1*+(%9 provided some of the tips for all mothers on how to talk to "?-!1$/)2=?"-1#+$ G-$1-(%99-./#$"?-$&%**%B!.=f n$>)*@$%0-.*,$B!"?$,%21$ daughter, face to face, and more than once to make sure your daughter understands what ,%2$)1-$#),!.=+ n$E&$,%21$%B.$9%"?-1$.-C-1$ talked to you about your period or puberty, you will feel )B@B)1/$B?!(?$!#$.%19)*+ n$[-"$,%21$/)2=?"-1$@.%B$ that every girl goes through the physical changes in /!&&-1-."$)=-#+ n$E&$,%2$)1-$.%"$#21-$)3%2"$).,$ of the information you have about puberty, there are several books %1$B-3#!"-#$,%2$().$1-&-1$"%+ n$`-$)$=%%/$*!#"-.-1$"%$?-1$)**$ "?-$"!9-+ n$A?)1-$,%21$%B.$0-1#%.)*$ -;0-1!-.(-#F$#%$#?-$&--*#$1-*);-/+


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my smart display screen, but I thought it was related to my key 3)""-1,+$E$B-."$"%$)$#?%00!.=$9)**$ and when I came back I tried to %0-.$9,$()1$32"$!"$&)!*-/+$E$"?%2=?"$ it was an engine breakdown and I panicked because I love my two year old car,” said 20 year old #"2/-."$G).).$L)?9%%/+$W$8$ group of guys came to help me and they told me it was a battery 01%3*-9+$>?-,$(?)1=-/$9,$()1$ and asked me to go to the nearest repair shop to replace the battery B!"?%2"$#B!"(?!.=$%&&$"?-$()1+X$>?!#$ experience was a wake up call to G).).$"%$*-)1.$9%1-$)3%2"$"?-$ B)1.!.=$!(%.#+ From the expert According to auto repair experts, the most common auto problems among women are related to the 31)@-#$%1$%!*+$WA%9-$B%9-.$32,$ a used car in a good condition, but with old brakes, which is dangerous )./$().$/-#"1%,$"?-$B?%*-$()1+$ They come after the breakdown B?-.$!"7#$"%%$*)"-$"%$'!;FX$#)!/$j?)*!/$ E31)?!9F$)$=)1)=-$%B.-1$!.$A?)1c)?+$ WL%#"$%&$"?-$B%9-.$(%9-$"% our garage to change the battery, but actually they come when the battery dies although they would ?)C-$#--.$"?-$#!=.$3-&%1-+$A%9-$ of them ignore the signs and some delay taking their cars to the garage 3-()2#-$%&$*)M!.-##FX$E31)?!9$)//#+ L%#"$B%9-.$B!"?$)2"%$1-0)!1$ problems are victims of fake pieces and are usually cheated

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WIEI>]$>GH:: <:H6:\>$YI$[Y68[$ A>J4:\>A$8H: ATTENDING <HEg8>:$A6GYY[A+$ E>$EA$8\$Y`gEYJA$ LYg:$>Y$<HEg8>:$ :4J68>EY\+X Behavior and discipline is another /!&&-1-."!)"!.=$&)("%1$&%1$0)1-."#+$ [%()*$0)1-."#$B%11,$)3%2"$"?-!1$ children’s discipline and how they will behave once they graduate &1%9$01!C)"-$#(?%%*#+$WL,$/)2=?"-1 used to be in a private school from jPV$"%$P1)/-$m+$>?-.$E$"1).#&-11-/$ her to a public school because I knew that she had the basics from the private school,” says Asma L%?)99-/+$WE$"1).#&-11-/$?-1$ because I was worried about her 3-?)C!%1$)#$#?-$!#$!.'*2-.(-/$3,$ %"?-1#$-)#!*,+X$ Y.$"?-$%"?-1$?)./F$89.)$8[$L2‐ ")B)F$9%"?-1$%&$)$b$,-)1$%*/$=!1*F$ selected a private school because "-)(?-1#7$D2)*!'!()"!%.#$B-1-$-;‐ (-**-."+$WL,$/)2=?"-1$!#$01%=1-##‐ ing very well and that goes to the D2)*!'!-/$"-)(?-1#$"?-$#(?%%*$?)#$ employed and the time and effort they spend on each child during "?-$*-)1.!.=$01%(-##+X A mix of cultures and a variety of nationalities might affect the (?!*/1-.7#$0-1#%.)*!"!-#+$89.)$

is happy about the diversity and agrees that “the private school’s environment helps my daughter shape her personality and bridges "?-$=)0#$)9%.=$(2*"21-#+$>?!#$B!**$ /-'!.!"-*,$?-*0$?-1$!.$"?-$&2"21-$ when she works with different people from different nationalities )./$(2*"21-#+X G)##).$8*!$)=1--#$"?)"$"?-$!."-1.)‐ tional mix private schools provide !#$!11-0*)(-)3*-+$$WL,$/)2=?"-1$ is now more sociable and she communicates well with different people without feeling shy or ?-#!")."+$$>?-$9!;-/$(2*"21-$ changed her a lot by exposing ?-1$"%$.-B$(2*"21-#$)./$*!&-$#",*-#+X$ G-$)1=2-#$"?)"$023*!($#(?%%*#$W offer poor teaching methods and definitely don’t pay good attention to the English language, B?!(?$/!#)00%!."#$9-$)$*%"+X Other parents commend the private school system for teaching their children independence and (%.'!/-.(-+$W>?-$01!C)"-$#(?%%*$ adds value to my children’s per‐ sonalities by making them more !./-0-./-."$)./$(%.'!/-."$B?!(?$ B!**$/-'!.!"-*,$?-*0$"?-9$!.$1-)*$ *!&-$*)"-1FX$#),#$83--1$L%?)99-/F$ )$9%"?-1$%&$"B%$(?!*/1-.+$$ Abeer believes teachers at public #(?%%*#$&%1(-$(?!*/1-.$"%$9-9%1!M- the academic content while teach‐ ers at private schools make real efforts stressing on research and teamwork to help students under‐ #")./$"?-$#23c-("#$3-""-1+ Noora Ahmed, mother of two pri‐ vate school children, recommends the private school system as it contributed positively to developing ?-1$(?!*/1-.7#$0-1#%.)*!"!-#+$W>?-$ school makes a dramatic change to "?-!1$B),$%&$"?!.@!.=+$L,$(?!*/1-. are practicing basic lifestyle


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1!=?"&2**,$/-#-1C-$"?-$J8:$(!"!M-.‐ #?!0$2./-1$#-C-1)*$(%./!"!%.#+$ 8((%1/!.=$"%$`1!=)/!-1$83/2*$8M!M$ L)@"%29$8*$A?)1--'!F$4!1-("%1$%&$ "?-$<1-C-."!C-$A-(21!",$4-0)1"9-." and the Committee Chief for the L!.!#"1,$%&$E."-1!%1$8&&)!1#$)./$ "?-$&%19-1$G-)/$%&$"?-$6-."1)*$ 6%99!""--$&%1$H-#%*C!.=$"?-$ Bedoon Issue, there are four conditions which should be taken into consideration before .)"21)*!M!.=$"?-$`-/%%.+$I!1#"F$)$ Bedoon must have been living in the country before 2nd December VdpV+$A-(%./*,F$)$`-/%%.$92#"$ not conceal any identity papers "?)"$!./!()"-$?!#$(%2."1,$%&$%1!=!.+$ Thirdly, a Bedoon should have a =%%/$1-02")"!%.$!.$#%(!-",+$I!.)**,F$ a Bedoon should not have commit‐ ted any moral or national security (1!9-#+ “Bedoon who don’t meet the conditions will be considered as a threat to the residency laws %&$"?-$J8:FX$`1!=)/!-1$8*$A?)1--'!$ 1-9)1@-/+ While the UAE Government is making efforts to solve the problem, many Bedoon hide their real identity documents as some might not qualify to become J8:$(!"!M-.#$3-()2#-$%&$#2(?$ /%(29-."#+$>?!#$1-#2*"#$!.$/-*),#$ #%*C!.=$"?-$01%3*-9+$8((%1/!.=$"%$ The Middle East newspaper, the government‐formed Bedoon Com‐ mittee has discovered many cases of identity forgery and giving false information in a bid to get the J8:$(!"!M-.#?!0+$>?-$.-B#0)0-1$ adds many Bedoon entered the UAE illegally to claim later that they were settled in the country for many years and accordingly 3-(%9-$-*!=!3*-$&%1$.)"21)*!M)"!%.+ “The committee has taken into consideration the importance of resolving this problem as it


WS threatens the country’s national #-(21!",$)./$#%(!)*$*!&-FX$.%"-#$G+:+$ L)c%1$P-.-1)*$\)##-1$[!@?1-!3).!$ 8*$\2)!9!F$A-(1-")1,$P-.-1)*$%&$ "?-$Y&'!(-$%&$"?-$4-02",$<1!9-$ L!.!#"-1F$L!.!#"-1$%&$E."-1!%1F$)./$ G-)/$%&$"?-$6-."1)*$6%99!""-- &%1$H-#%*C!.=$"?-$`-/%%.$E##2-+ WA?-!@?$A)!&$`!.$s),-/$8*$\)?,).F$ "?-$L!.!#"-1$%&$E."-1!%1F$?)#$ stressed the importance of bringing this issue to an end by introducing more effective and practical 9-"?%/#FX$?-$)//#+ Unofficial figures indicate that "?-$.293-1$%&$.%.h(!"!M-.#$!.$"?-$ J8:$!#$)001%;!9)"-*,$VRFRRR+$ The Central Committee of Bedoon, however, says the number is 92(?$*-##+$ >?-$.%.h(!"!M-.#$%1$`-/%%.$)1-$ classified into three categories according to certain historical 0-1!%/#+$>?-$&!1#"$()"-=%1,$%&$ Bedoon lived in the UAE before !"#$-#")3*!#?9-."$!.$VdpV+$>?-$ second category came after the UAE establishment, while the third category came after the Gulf 5)1$%&$VddR+$>?-$#-(%./$)./$"?-$ third categories of Bedoon are not 1!=?"&2**,$-*!=!3*-$&%1$.)"21)*!M)"!%.$ as they did not live in the UAE prior "%$!"#$-#")3*!#?9-."+$5?)"$!#$"1%2‐ bling to the Government is that there are certain doubts about members of these two categories as some hide their real identities "%$3-.-'!"$&1%9$"?-$01!C!*-=-#$=!C-.$ 3,$"?-$P%C-1.9-."$"%$!"#$(!"!M-.#+ >?-$L!.!#"1,$%&$E."-1!%1$)*#%$#)!/$ in a statement that the members of the second and third categories of Bedoon have applied for Comorosian passports to modify their legal status in the country, and accordingly this enables them "%$=-"$J8:$(!"!M-.#?!0$*)"-1+$>?!#$

step has been taken in accordance with an agreement signed by the UAE Government and the Comoro‐ #!).$P%C-1.9-."+$>?-$)=1--9-."$ requires granting Bedoon the 6%9%1%#!).$(!"!M-.#?!0$!.$%1/-1$ for them to at least adjust their *-=)*$(%./!"!%.$!.$"?-$J8:+$ The statement also said that A?-!@?$A)!&$`!.$s),-/$8*$\)?,).$ has asked the authorities to give `-/%%.$C!#)#$)./$().(-*$)**$'!.-#$ imposed on them to show his appreciation for the respect Bedoon showed towards the (%2."1,7#$#%C-1-!=.",$)./$#-(21!",+$ The UAE Government is hoping to put an end to this problem, which has troubled the Govern‐ 9-."$&%1$&%21$/-()/-#+$>?-$J8:$ Government started to handle the problem more effectively when !"$)..%2.(-/$!.$Y("%3-1F$URRm$!"$ ?)#$'!.)**,$/-(!/-/$"%$=1)."$J8:$ (!"!M-.#?!0$"%$VUdQ$`-/%%.$&1%9$ Udm$&)9!*!-#+$>?!#$(12(!)*$#"-0$?)#$ ended the human agony of many `-/%%.$&)9!*!-#+$ All serious efforts made towards resolving more Bedoon cases will /-'!.!"-*,$(%."1!32"-$"%$"?-$#%(!)*$ )./$#-(21!",$B-*&)1-$%&$"?-$J8:+$


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on their vehicles’ lights in the daytime and turn them off when !"$!#$/)1@+$ They are neither warriors nor ).,$"-11%1!#"$=1%20+$E.$&)("F$"?-,$ are aggressive drivers! Whether or not it is a trend to drive with such attitude or lack of manners, "?-!1$)("!%.#$)1-$1%)/$C!%*-.(-+E.$ accidents, speed gets the pointing '!.=-1#$%&$3*)9-+$O`)/$/1!C!.= 9)..-1#7$!#$"?-$1-)*$(1!9!.)*+ A driver can drive less than the

speed limit and yet cause a bad )((!/-."+$L)c%1$P-.-1)*$:.=!.--1$ L%?)99-/$A)!&$8*$s)&--.F$4!1-(‐ tor of the General Department %&$>1)&'!($)"$423)!$<%*!(-F$-;0*)!.#$ that over the past two years in Dubai irresponsible practices have caused more than 90% of ()1$)((!/-."#+$H-(-."$.293-1#$ released on the General Directorate of Abu‐Dhabi Police website indicate that over the past three months, md$)((!/-."#$B-1-$()2#-/$3,$.%"$ leaving enough space between %.-$()1$)./$).%"?-1+$>?!#$?)#$*-/$


_T to 104 people being injured and "B%$/-)/+$6)90)!=.#$")1=-"!.= aggressive driving and road C!%*-.(-$B-1-$*)2.(?-/+$<-.)*"!-#$ C)1!-/$&1%9$'!.-#$)./$!90%2./!.=$ C-?!(*-#$"%$1-?)3!*!")"!%.$#-##!%.#+ Aggressive driving can be com‐ 9!""-/$!.$C)1!%2#$B),#+$8**$)("!%.#$ that encroach on road users’safety and comfort, even gestures, are !**-=)*+$>?-$423)!$<%*!(-$B-3#!"-$ lists several examples: looking at other drivers with discontent, using the horn unnecessarily and randomly, changing lanes aimlessly and repeatedly, not giving way to those who have right of passage )./$92(?$9%1-+$G%B-C-1F$!"$!#$ noticeable that some of those drivers are getting more creative !.$B),#$%&$31-)@!.=$"?-$*)B+$WE$ )*B),#$"1,$"%$'!./$#?%1"(2"#$)./$ B),#$"%$=-"$1!/$%&$"1)&'!($c)9#FX$#),#$ 8?9-/$A)*-9F$)$32#!.-##9).+$ Admitting, however, that patience is sometimes better, he adds: “Once I didn’t want to stop in a long line of cars, waiting for the "1)&'!($*!=?"+$E$/-(!/-/$"%$-."-1$)$ 3,#"1--"+$J.&%1"2.)"-*,F$!"$B)#$ &2**$%&$#0--/$3290#+$L%#"$%&$"?-$ ()1#$0)##-/$"?-$"1)&'!($*!=?"$)./$E$ was still driving slowly over each #0--/$3290X+ Bad driving attitudes are wide‐ spread among younger drivers )#$)$B),$%&$3-!.=$O(%%*$)./$"1-./,7+$$ An example is not keeping their car signal on for too long, instead, using one blink only while changing *).-#$%1$"21.!.=+$8.%"?-1$B),$%&$ being ‘cool’ is knowing how to =-"$1!/$%&$"?-$()1$!.$&1%."$%&$"?-9+$ Y&$(%21#-$'*)#?!.=$?-)/*!=?"#$)1-$ the best, but some prefer sticking right behind the car until its driver (?).=-#$"?-$*).-+$Y"?-1#$/%$.%"$ bother to wait, but they speed up, change lanes and drive as an

)932*).(-$!.$).$-9-1=-.(,$()**+$ Now the question is, why such 3-?)C!%1$!#$%.$"?-$1!#-K$ Digging into the issue, the reasons 9)!.*,$)1-$c2#"!'!-/$)#$#!/-$-&&-("#$ of the fast modern life, in which "1)&'!($c)9#F$#"1-##$)./$1)(!.=$B!"?$ "!9-$)1-$"?-$9)!.$(?)1)("-1!#"!(#+$ The Dubai Police attribute some of the behaviors to lack of patience )./$/-)1"?$%&$"!9-+$Y.$"?-$%"?-1$ hand, psychologists argue that any social issue including aggres‐ #!C-$/1!C!.=$().$3-$)$1-'*-("!%.$ of suffering from family violence, frustration and having no anger (%."1%*+$Y1)3!$L%?)99)/F$>-#"$ 82"?%1!",$8.)*,#"$)"$H>8F$#"1%.=*,$ agrees that driving aggressively on the road indicates a defect in "?-$0-1#%.)*!",$%&$"?-$/1!C-1+$G-$ rejects the excuse of saving time )./$)C%!/!.=$"1)&'!(hc)9#$)./$ believes “aggressive drivers tend

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All he cares about is the way he *%%@#+$G-$B%2*/$.%"$&--*$#-*&h(%.‐ '!/-."$!&$?-$B-1-$.%"$B-)1!.=$%.-$ %&$?!#$H%*-;$*2;21!%2#$(%**-("!%.F$ carrying his Vertu mobile phone, B!"?$-;0-.#!C-$(2&'*!.@#F$#?%-#$ )./$/1!C!.=$?!#$*)C!#?$mbRFRRR$ 8:4$()1+$8?9-/$G+F$)$UV$,-)1$%*/$ air steward, is one of many UAE nationals falling into the trap of debts for the sake of living a ?!=?h(*)##$*!&-#",*-+$ [!&-$?)#$9).,$"-90")"!%.#$&%1$ young UAE nationals as luxury goods and services have become the trend and not everyone worries )3%2"$"?-!1$)("2)*$!.(%9-+$A%9-$ are mature enough to accept the simple life they have, while others are materialistic and will always

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According to the National Geo‐ graphic News, scientists measured, ).)*,M-/$)./$#"2/!-/$"?-$?)./$ stencils that were found in the <-(?$L-1!-$)./$P)1=)#$()C-#$ !.$I1).(-+$8&"-1$&!.!#?!.=$"?-$ examination, the result assured )./$(%.'!19-/$B%9-.7#$(%."1!32‐ "!%.#$!.$"?-#-$0)!."!.=#+$8&.).$ A)--/F$!."-1!%1$/-#!=.-1F$!#$-;(!"-/$ 3,$"?-$.-B$/!#(%C-1,+$W>?!#$ /!#(%C-1,$!#$?2=-$&%1$B%9-.+$ We started as cavewomen equal to cavemen, but later on through the centuries men become superior "%$B%9-.+$\%B)/),#F$!"$!#$1-)**,$ interesting to know that the cave‐ men and women practiced rituals "%=-"?-1$#!/-$3,$#!/-+X$ The above statement illustrates the importance of this discovery "%$)**$B%9-.$)1%2./$"?-$B%1*/+$ It is a grand celebration of women’s creativity that goes back thousands %&$,-)1#$+$E"$01%C-#$?%B$2.!D2-$ women are when applying their vision through art and leaving "?-!1$'!.=-101!."#$)#$?!#"%1!()*$ !/-."!'!()"!%.$%&$B?)"$"?-,$?)C-$ (1-)"-/+$8&"-1$)**F$!"$B)#$.%"$c2#"$ about the cavemen!


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Tarifa Ajaif Al Zaabi believes in the *!&-*%.=$*-)1.!.=$(,(*-+$<21#2!.=$ further education must never stop, #?-$3-*!-C-#+$WL,$c%21.-,$!.$-/2() tion will never end thanks to the G!=?-1$6%**-=-#$%&$>-(?.%*%=,$_G6>a )./$423)!$5%9-.7#$6%**-=-$_456a+X$ Childhood Al Zaabi had a peaceful childhood !.$)$#200%1"!C-$)./$*%C!.=$&)9!*,+$ A?-$!#$"?-$,%2.=-#"$)9%.=$?-1$ "B%$31%"?-1#$)./$"B%$#!#"-1#+$A?-$ was inspired by their enthusiasm )./$?)1/$B%1@+$W>?-,$)1-$9,$ role models professionally and 0-1#%.)**,FX$#?-$)&&!19#+$W>)1!&)$ was a happy child, but could be annoying if she did not get what she wanted, you could say she was persistent about what she wanted,” ?-1$9%"?-1$1-()**-/+

School Life WE$#"!**$1-9-93-1$"?-$'!1#"$/),$!.$ @!./-1=)1/-.+$E$B)#$).$)("!C-$@!/F$ but ironically I had two names, Tarifa and Fatima, which were given by my father and my mother 1-#0-("!C-*,+$E"$B)#$)$3!"$(%.&2#!.=$ for me when attendance was taken in the class because I would not respond to someone calling me Tarifa as I thought my name was Fatima! Well, eventually, I overcame this in 3rd grade!” Al Zaabi loved her school life as she was one of the outstanding students who participated in differ‐ -."$#(?%%*$)("!C!"!-#+$A?-$?)/$)**$"?-$ support from her teachers and the #(?%%*$)/9!.!#"1)"!%.+$WE$)*#%$?)/$ many friends who I still keep in touch with, although some of them )1-$.%$*%.=-1$*!C!.=$!.$"?-$J8:+X

Graduate Studies Al Zaabi joined DWC in 1994, and =1)/2)"-/$!.$Vddd$B!"?$)$G!=?-1$ Diploma in Business Adminis‐ tration, followed by a Bachelor !.$800*!-/$`2#!.-##$A(!-.(-#$!.$ URRR+$E.$URRZ$#?-$=1)/2)"-/$B!"?$ )$L)#"-1#$/-=1--$!.$`2#!.-##$ 8/9!.!#"1)"!%.$:;-(2"!C-$_L`8a$ &1%9$"?-$J.!C-1#!",$%&$A?)1c)?+$ By that time, she was employed 3,$"?-$G6>$)"$A?)1c)?$5%9-.7#$ 6%**-=-+$$W>?-.$E$1-)*!M-/$"?)"$"?-1-$ are many things left for me to learn and learning doesn’t necessarily .--/$"%$#"%0$1!=?"$?-1-+X$8#$)$1-#2*"F$ she decided to join the Education 4%("%1)"-$<1%=1)9$_<?4a$B!"?$"?-$ `1!"!#?$J.!C-1#!",$!.$423)!+ A"-C-$>-1.-,F$I%2./)"!%.$:.=*!#?$ teacher at DWC, taught Al Zaabi !.$I%2./)"!%.#$Vp$,-)1#$)=%+$A?-$


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left a very strong impression 3-()2#-$%&$?-1$(%.'!/-.(-F$?29%1$ )./$%C-1)**$0-1#%.)*!",+$W>)1!&)$!#$ a wonderful person to be around, she is full of humor, but she also knows how to be serious at the #)9-$"!9-+$A?-$.-C-1$#"%00-/$?-1$ education, and I really feel very proud of her because she is the kind of person that the UAE needs !.$-/2()"!%.+$A?-$!#$.%"$c2#"$)$=%%/$ role model, but also an extremely bright, hard working and ambitious 0-1#%.$)#$B-**+X Career G-1$'!1#"$c%3$B)#$!.$"?-$6)1--1$ 4-0)1"9-."$)"$s),-/$J.!C-1#!",+$ “I was passionate about supporting students to select the right career &%1$"?-9#-*C-#+X$E.$URRVF$#?-$ c%!.-/$A?)1c)?$G6>F$)#$:90*%,-1$ H-*)"!%.#$6%%1/!.)"%1$"%$#200%1"$ #"2/-."#$)./$=1)/2)"-#$!.$'!./!.=$ meaningful internship programs )./$#2!")3*-$-90*%,9-."+$E.$ 2004, she was promoted to A20-1C!#%1$%&$"?-$A"2/-."$A-1C!(-#$ 4-0)1"9-."+$6211-."*,F$8*$s))3!$!#$ in the second year of her Doctorate !.$:/2()"!%.$01%=1)9$#0-(!)*!M!.=$ !.$<%*!(,$)./$L).)=-9-."$)./$ working at the same time as an 8("!.=$4-).$%&$A"2/-."$A-1C!(-#$ )"$A?)1c)?7#$G6>+$A?-$#")1"-/$?-1$ career focusing on Emirati youth development and engagement )"$/!&&-1-."$*-C-*#+$WE"$#")1"-/$ with career development, then employment and work experience, ollowed by engagement and em‐ powerment to develop soft skills

including leadership, teamwork, "!9-$9).)=-9-."F$%1=).!M)"!%.)*$ skills and community service -;0-1!-.(-+X Commenting on Al Zaabi’s career growth, Terney notes that “Tarifa and I have been friends for many years and I always follow her career 0)"?$B!"?$=1-)"$!."-1-#"+$E$#"!**$ 1-9-93-1$"?-$'!1#"$c%3$#?-$?)/$)"$ s),-/$J.!C-1#!",+$A?-$(%."!.2-/$!.$ Education as she went from Zayed "%$A?)1c)?$5%9-.7#$6%**-=-F$)./$ it has been really great for me to witness the way her career has 9%C-/$20+X Achievements A?-$-.c%,#$#0-.!.=$D2)*!",$"!9-$ with people especially those who come from different cultures to *-)1.$)./$-;(?).=-$@.%B*-/=-+$ As she puts it, learning plays an important role in her life and despite being an employee, wife )./$9%"?-1$%&$)$m$,-)1$%*/F$#?-$ also managed to graduate with distinction in all levels of her -/2()"!%.+$A?-$B%.$"?-$A?-!@?$ H)#?!/$8B)1/$&%1$8()/-9!($:;(-*‐ lence in 2003, and in the same year she received The Chair Acad‐ -9,$E."-1.)"!%.)*$[-)/-1#?!0$ <1%=1)9+$W[-)1.!.=$!#$)$C-1,$ important and critical word as everyday we learn a new thing in which we do not learn only, but also get to enjoy what we are learning, which is simply what I call the beauty of life,” she (%99-."#+

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VV Besides her educational achieve‐ ments, she adds, “there are a number of activities that I participated in that added value "%$9,$*!&-$-;0-1!-.(-+X$E.$URRmF$ #?-$B%.$"?-$A?)1c)?$G6>$4!1-("%17#$ Award for Best Employee of the ]-)1+$>?1--$,-)1#$*)"-1F$#?-$B)#$ 0)1"$%&$"?-$JA$:;(?).=-$<1%=1)9$ Alumnai of Women as Political [-)/-1#+$H-9)1@)3*,F$#?-$3-()9-$ "?-$&!1#"$B%9).$!.$"?-$L!//*-$ East and Gulf Cooperation Council _P66a$6-1"!&!-/$I)(!*!")"%1$&1%9$ 4-.9)1@$!.$W[:PY$A-1!%2#$<*),X$ 2010, which is a new training tool used to unleash innovation and (1-)"!C!",$!.$!./!C!/2)*#+ Learning is Life Al Zaabi tries to turn every experience in her life into a learn‐ !.=$%00%1"2.!",+$WE$*-)1.$?%B$"%$ '!./$)$B),$"%$*-)1.$&1%9$0-%0*-$ without causing them discomfort for sharing the information with 9-FX$#?-$-;0*)!.#+$>%$?-1F$!"$!#$C-1,$ important to become a knowledge‐ able person in order to be able to defend one’s point of view professionally and assertively, which eventually comes with -;0-1!-.(-+ Al Zaabi believes the foundational skills she has built such as being independent, persistent, com‐ mitted, responsible and a lifelong learner were actually gained from 456+$W>?-#-$#@!**#$B-1-$"?-$@-,$ skills I have implemented and they have supported me during 9,$()1--1+$456$01%C!/-/$9-$ with a development opportunity through their curriculum and

-;"1)$)("!C!"!-#+$6%.#")."$-.(%21‐ agement by a group of teachers helped me to enhance my #-*&h-#"--9$)./$(%.'!/-.(-+X [-)1.!.=$!#$.%"$%.*,$!90%1")."$ in her career life, but also in her 0-1#%.)*$*!&-+$WE$?)C-$"?-$=1-)"-#" c%3$!.$*!&-F$B?!(?$!#$3-!.=$)$9%"?-1+$$ ]%2$.--/$"%$*-)1.$?%B$"%$/-)*$)./$ respond positively to your chil‐ dren’s questions, and understand that their expectations and the experiences they will go through B!**$3-$"%")**,$/!&&-1-."$"?).$,%21#+$ This is the learning experience "?)"$)**$%&$2#$B!**$=%$"?1%2=?$!.$*!&-+X Future Plans It is always important to have a plan, and it is important to have positive thoughts towards the &2"21-+$8*$s))3!7#$#?%1"h"-19$0*).$ !#$"%$(%90*-"-$?-1$<?+4+$)./$"?-.$ 1-"21.$3)(@$"%$"?-$G6>$!.$%1/-1$ to contribute to the development %&$"?-$,%2"?+$$E.$)//!"!%.F$#?-$ wants to be actively involved in community projects and work as ).$!.#0!1)"!%.$&%1$"?-$,%2"?+$G-1$ long‐term plan also includes her interest in obtaining international B%1@$-;0-1!-.(-+ W[-)1.!.=$!#$*!&-+$5-$*!C-$)./$B-$ learn at different stages of our lives, as well as from different @!./#$%&$-;0-1!-.(-#+$:)(?$/),$ that passes is a learning experience, "?)"7#$B?,$B-$*-)1.$&1%9$?!#"%1,+$ The journey of learning starts with us when we are children and we continue to learn from -C-1,"?!.=$)1%2./$2#FX$#?-$(*%#-#+$

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Recycle creatively:

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