Happy 43rd birthday, UAE! To commemorate the wonderful country in which we live, Savoir Flair has rounded up a selection of Emirati residents who are contributing to making the United Arab Emirates such an incredible nation. Click through the gallery for ten inspiring citizens – from the royal family to fashion designers – who will help make your Instagram feed that much more inspiring.
Why: @Faz3 is the handle used by the Crown Prince of Dubai to showcase a peek into his private life, which includes amazing thrill-seeking adventures.
Why: Kaabi exploded into the spotlight in 2010 with his short film, The Philosopher. Today, he is regarded as one of the most promising filmmakers in the United Arab Emirates.
Why: Al Banna is one half of the up-and-coming Dubai-based fashion brand House of Nomad. Judging by the brand’s first collection, which used Arabic calligraphy as a key motif, we predict a bright future for this homegrown label.
Why: The Emirati artist-turned-designer is the founder of O Jewelry, a beautiful fine jewelry line that’s helping to make the UAE accessories scene that much more glamorous.
Why: The ever-inspiring Al Basta is the Director General of the Dubai Foundation For Women And Children, the UAE’s first licensed non-profit shelter for women and child victims of domestic violence, abuse and human trafficking.
Why: Apart from being considered one of Dubai’s fittest men, Al Marri is an outspoken advocate for raising awareness about the importance of health and exercise in the Emirati community.
Why: We dare you not to be inspired by Emirati public speaker, author, social activist, and mother Aida al Busaidy’s daily musings.
Why: Credited as the UAE’s first female filmmaker, Al Khaja also heads up the UAE’s first official film club (the Scene Club) and has created her own production company – D-Seven.
Why: Al Gurg leads the retail division of the family run Easa Saleh al Gurg group. Her list of achievements include starting the Al Gurg Women’s Empowerment Forum, as well as serving as the vice chairperson of the UAE chapters of Young Arab Leaders. #GirlPower