ABU DHABI, Emirati women have made their mark in one of the world's most advanced sectors, the peaceful nuclear energy sector, which reflects their ability to meet their challenges and their determination to prove their worthiness, to achieve the UAE's goal of diversifying its sources of energy through the "Barakah Peaceful Nuclear Energy Plants Project."

The project is being implemented in the Al Dhafra Region in Abu Dhabi by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC.

In this report, the Emirates News Agency, WAM, will present examples of several female Emirati cadres in the peaceful nuclear energy sector, who work for ENEC and its operational arm, the Nawah Energy Company, Nawah.

Eng. Maryam Qasem, Head of the Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Procurement Department at ENEC, is the first female Emirati engineer who specialises in this area. Last year, she managed the transportation of nuclear fuel to the Barakah Peaceful Nuclear Energy Plants Project from South Korea.

Qasem is proud of the Emirati Women's Day, which has over the past three years highlighted the achievements of Emirati women in all sectors, especially in the peaceful nuclear energy sector.

Qasem, who received her Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering from Khalifa University in 2015 and the Academic Excellence Award in the category of "Best Masters Student in Nuclear Engineering," said, "The UAE has succeeded in creating a social environment and humanitarian ideology that has empowered women to overcome their challenges, and motivated them to become pioneers in rare specialisations. We have witnessed their presence in many sectors, due to their spirit of determination and innovation."

Qasem added that their determination and resolve were established by the wise leadership and H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), and enabled them to participate in building the future and serving their nation.

Alia Al Hammadi, who was appointed Director of Information and Telecommunications Technology Department at ENEC after around 15 years of experience in information technology development for various government departments, also worked for many companies in various industries, such as oil and gas, logistical services, trading, and research and development.

Al Hammadi said that all the current accomplishments, successes and pioneering achieved by Emirati women would not have been possible without the support of Sheikha Fatima, who is a source of inspiration and encouragement.

Al Hammadi received the "Rashid Award for Academic Excellence" and led ENEC's Information Technology Department to win the "Barakah Excellence Award." She also received the "Best Services Administration Award" for three consecutive years.

"Emirati women have benefitted from ambitious programmes launched by the UAE, which have enabled them to achieve many accomplishments and reach the highest political, executive and legislative positions, as well as other leadership positions that require creating strategies and plans and making crucial decisions," Al Hammadi said.

Shaimaa Abdullah Al Mulla, Director of the Emergency Preparedness Department at Nawah, led a project to develop the "Comprehensive Nuclear Emergencies Programme" of the Barakah Peaceful Nuclear Energy Plants Project.

She is also responsible for supporting 34 external authorities and developing their nuclear and radiation emergency plans, which is new in the UAE.

Al Mulla said that the UAE has a pioneering approach that has enabled Emirati women to become leaders through support and encouragement, and by enabling them to influence the youth and helping to build a promising future.

''The ENEC and Nawah are perfect examples of this pioneering, which established the presence and stature of Emirati women, highlighted their importance to this new vital sector, and supported the country's economic and social development,'' she said in conclusion.

Source: Emirates News Agency