ABU DHABI, Emirati women are a key partner in the UAE's progress and development, thanks to the support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, on Thursday.

She expressed her pride in the vital role that Emirati women are playing in the UAE oil and gas sector.

Sheikha Fatima made the remarks as she welcomed female employees of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its subsidiary companies. The delegation also included female executives from the global oil and gas industry attending the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC 2016).

She was briefed about ADNOC's plans to empower national women through three key objectives - appointing a female national as CEO of one of the Group's operating companies, increasing female representation in the Group's management from 7 to 15 per cent, and increasing the number of Emirati female employees to 30 per cent.

Sheikha Fatima praised ADNOC's efforts to enhance women's participation in the UAE oil and gas sector, and to provide them with opportunities to contribute to the country's development.

Notable figures who attended the meeting included Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, wife of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region; Sheikha Al Yaziya bint Saif bint Mohammed Al Nahyan, wife of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Dr. Maytha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State.

Commenting on the meeting, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and CEO of the ADNOC Group said, "The vision of our wise leadership and the 'Mother of the Nation', H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, encourages us to create opportunities for women to have successful careers in the oil and gas industry. What ADNOC is doing stems from the company's commitment to invest in our talent and its belief that Emirati women bring dedication, commitment and creativity to the workplace."

ADNOC's focus on empowering and developing people is an extension of the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Emirati woman as vital drivers in the progress and prosperity of the UAE, Al Jaber added.

Fatema Al Nuaimi, Manager for Gas Strategy and Master Planning Unit at ADNOC, said the meeting with H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak reflects the UAE's leadership, and Sheikha Fatima bin Mubarak's, sincere interest in Emirati women.

"This meeting is of great importance for us as leaders and employees of ADNOC, as it gives us the opportunity to meet Her Highness and listen to her ideas and advice on the role of UAE women in the oil and gas industry. Her Highness shared with us valuable guidance about the roles and responsibilities of Emirati women to support the development of the UAE," Al Nuaimi added.

"H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak is a true source of inspiration and encouragement for every Emirati woman. Our meeting with her today was a lifetime opportunity to be inspired by her determination to continue working and help build our nation," Mona Al Alawi, VP of Operations at Al Yasat Petroleum Operations Company said.

Fatima Ahmed Al Hosni, Team Leader at ADCO's Al Rumaitha Oil field, described the meeting as "extremely valuable for myself and my colleagues at ADNOC. We listened to Her Highness's positive and enlightening messages that encourage women to work, achieve and succeed."

Vicki Hollub President and CEO of Occidental Petroleum said she was "inspired by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak's influential role in supporting Emirati women and her work in establishing and chairing several associations and institutions concerned with women's issues."

"This truly reflects her keenness to support women and the important place women have in society. The results of these efforts are very clear today, in particular in the oil and gas sector where there are UAE national women occupying important positions within ADNOC. During today's meeting, I have seen first hand how the UAE's leadership supports Emirati women to allow them to play a full role in the development of their country," Hollub added.

The meeting concluded with a discussion on the important role of women in the development of the UAE oil and gas sector, in addition to initiatives that can contribute to women achieving their ambitions and become successful.

Source: Emirates News Agency