As Emirati Women’s Day is just around the corner on August 28, 2021, with the theme this year being ‘Women: Ambitions & Inspiration for the Next 50 Years’, we celebrate Emirati women across the nation for everything they do.
With a plethora of UAE women now in the fashion world, we look at some of the creatives and designers who are championing the nation’s culture one incredible piece at a time.
HH Sheikha Mariam bint Khalifa bin Saif Al Nahyan, founder of MKS Jewellery
This contemporary fine jewellery brand translates the spirit of self-expression through each piece. From celebrating diversity to design elements that are meant to last forever, Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Khalifa bin Saif Al Nahyan is inspired by her rich heritage and has beautifully incorporated this into her passion for jewellery. By infusing unique elements into the design process, this collection was born to empower women.
For more information visit mksjewellery.com
Noora Shawqi, founder of Noora Shawqi Jewellery
Known for drawing inspiration for her pieces through her love for travelling, Noora Shawqi’s fine jewellery collections combine quality with a timeless aesthetic as she works closely with skilled artisans. Her eponymous collection is primarily made in Dubai and she creates meaningful pieces to mark special occasions in her life. Born in Dubai, Noora pays homage to the UAE with several of her pieces ensuring they all exude effortless sophistication.
For more information visit noorashawqi.com
Hamda Al Fahim, founder of her namesake label
UAE-based designer Hamda Al Fahim specializes in glamourous evening wear. With an aesthetic fusion of eastern and western influences, she ensures her signature style is incorporated into every design element. From intricate embroidery to handcrafted sequin work, there’s immense attention to detail at every step of the creative process.
For more information visit hamadaalfahim.com
Fatma Al-Otaiba, Founder of Odeem
This Dubai-based luxury accessories brand that specializes in leather goods is focused on creating timeless pieces, with varied textures that provide a unique style to its wearer. Founded in 2018 by Emirati designer, Fatma Al Otaiba, the vision for the brand has grown bountifully over the year with several A-listers around the globe carrying her products.
For more information visit odeem.ae
Yasmin Al Mulla, Founder of YNM
The ready-to-wear abaya label offers a modern take on certain wardrobe staples. Founded by creative director Yasmin Al Mulla, there are several covetable designs that are loved by all. From minimal delicacy to modern femininity, YNM is known for elevating the standard constantly by levelling up the notch in the world of fashion design.
For more information visit ynmdubai.com
Roudha Al Shamsi, Founder of Roudha Design
With a strong focus on interior product design, Roudha Al Shamsi creates pieces of work that explore futuristic design elements. From designing contemporary spaces to conveying an articulate design concept, Roudha is known for working with clients on both residential and commercial projects be it for studios, offices, libraries and more.
For more information visit roudha.design
Muna & Maryam Saeed, Founders of Al Mraikn
Taking a leap of faith 10 years ago launching their own fashion brand Al Mraikn, Muna and Maryam Saeed have gone from strength-to-strength. The abaya brand creates modern designs to empower women and make them feel confident. With immaculately tailored silhouettes that are crafted to perfection, Al Mraikn has made its name as a renowned abaya label in the region.
Shamsa Al Omaira, Founder of The O Jewelry
By taking artistic inspiration from her childhood, Shamsa Al Omaira has incorporated a sentimental value to each piece. By celebrating female empowerment through her brand, she’s delicately embodied a nostalgic sentiment allowing women to support each other through the jewellery brand. Using 18k gold, diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones; the designs celebrate the richness of the past with the simplicity of the present.
For more information visit theojewelry.com
Latifa Al Gurg, designer and founder of Twisted Roots
Emirati designer Latifa Al Gurg, founder of fashion label Twisted Roots, launched her contemporary fashion brand in 2014. With her designs adding a twist to the culture she draws inspiration from, Latifa presents each piece with a modern edge as she infuses her heritage into the label.
For more information visit twistedroots.ae
Noor, Budoor and Sarah AL Khaja, designers of SERRB
This homegrown Emirati brand offers minimal kaftan designs that are crafted with finesse and make women feel their best. Born from the creativity of three Emirati sisters Noor, Sarah and Budoor Al Khaja, SERBB has beautifully created designs with sophisticated cuts and intricate designs.
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