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also known as Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al-Qasimi

politician , princess , businesswoman

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al-Qasimi is an Emirati politician, a princess of the Royal family of Sharjah in the UAE. She was the first female to be engaged in the ministerial decision-making process. With her efforts and ambitions, she made it possible for Emirati females to hold high-ranking positions in the government.


Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi was born in Dubai on February 4, 1962. Her father, Khalid bin Sultan Al-Qasimi was the ruler of Sharjah Emirate of UAE from 1965 to 1972. Her uncle is Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, the Emir of Sharjah.


Lubna received her high school certificate from Al-Zahra Secondary School in Sharjah and ranked the 9th in UAE graduates in the same level. She went to USA and studied Computer Sciences in California State University. After graduation, she went back to Sharjah to have an executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah. Sheikha Lubna also received an honorary doctorate of science from California State University.


Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan al Qasimi, returned to the UAE and began her career as an IT programmer for a software company called Datamation in 1981. Then she held a position at the Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) as senior manager of the Information Systems department. While she worked in this job for seven years she was able to distinguish herself from other employees and win the 'Distinguished Government Employee Award' in 1999. In 2000, while her career life showed potential and success, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum ruler of Dubai, and prime minister of the UAE was motivated to appoint her as the Chief Executive of Tejari, the first Middle Eastern Business-to-Business Marketplace. With her IT background she managed to develop a system that reduces cargo turnaround times at Dubai airport. Under Sheikha Lubna's leadership, the Tejari firm received an awards for the World Summit for Information Society’s "Best e-Content Provider in e-business" and the UAE Super Brands Council "Super Brand of 2003". The Tejari firm now became one of the most successful firms in Dubai.

While Sheikha Lubna continued the success, she was appointed by Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum ruler of Dubai, and prime minister of the UAE to be the minister of Economy and Planning in 2004. She held that position on the most important period of the UAE emerging economy in history. In addition, she became the first women ever in the UAE to be appointed in a cabinet position. As Sheikha Lubna served for 4 years, she was appointed to another highly-ranked position at the UAE government as Minister of Foreign Trade in 2008, and was tasked, 2013 -2016 as Minister of International Cooperation and Development. Recently, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has been appointed as the Minister of State for Tolerance, in line with the new UAE Cabinet Reshuffle introduced in the United Arab Emirates in February 2016, whose primary mission is to promote tolerance and instill its core principles, as a fundamental value in UAE community and the globe.

In March 2014, she was appointed as President for Zayed University. She was also appointed as the Head of the UAE Committee of Humanitarian Aid in May 2014. Sheikha Lubna served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the UAE's Securities & Commodities Authority from 2004 to 2008, and acted as the head of the Dubai e-Government executive team instituting e-Government initiatives throughout Dubai’s public sector in 2004.

In addition to her portfolio responsibilities, Sheikha Lubna holds several distinguished positions including President of Zayed University, and serves on number of Boards namely, The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, and The Emirates Foundation for Youth Development. Moreover, Her Excellency is also a member of the Governing Board of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at The National University of Singapore, and many local and international organizations.


  • Sheikha Lubna is the first woman in the United Arab Emirates' history to assume a cabinet position. She topped the Arabian Business Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Arab Women” list for four years in a row 2011 – 2014, and is considered to be representative for the new face of professional women in the Arab region. Internationally, Sheikha Lubna has featured in the Forbes magazine list of the “World’s Most Powerful Women”, and the Wall Street Journal’s “50 International Women to Watch”. Her Excellency holds Honorary Doctorates in Science from California State University of Chico, in Law from the University of Exeter (UK), and in Economics from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Korea) respectively. Her Excellency was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from The Lebanese American University, Lebanon.


According to Lubna, family values and education are vital in facilitating the spread of the message of tolerance anywhere. But what is more important "is the proper understanding of the tone of religion." Al Qasimi believes that all religions carry in them "value and mercy," and it is in fact those who misinterpret and politicise religious teachings are the ones who convey the wrong message about its core values.


Lubna has broken new ground several times over as a woman in the UAE and she believes very strongly that her "life is all for these women (of the Arab world)- to tell them a good story. She believes that "things have opened up for other women."

She relates her own experience to reach out to other women and tells them: "Your society has a lot of credit for you," so go forth "with confidence."

Quotations: "I am a role model for women. I am out there as a woman who achieved so much in life. People respect us (women) highly seeing us what we represent for our country For them, it is a phenomenal representation of our country. All they know is that ours is a very tight culture very conservative society. But when we go out there, we become ambassadors for ourselves in here."

"Respect others if you want them to respect you. If you want to survive, you really have to respect others to gain that respect for yourself."

"Here in UAE, we believe that, tolerance is the backbone of all civilizations, religions and cultures. In its multi-cultural approach, the UAE is the home for more than 200 different nationalities living and sharing one common existence peacefully and securely. The UAE believes that, peoples and nations need to keep connecting, as a key requisite to ensure the stability and prosperity of the world."


Board of Directors for Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Board of Directors for Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Board of Trustees for Dubai University College, Board of Trustees for Electronic-Total Quality Management College, Dubai, Board of Trustees for Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, Arizona, USA, Board of Trustees for Zayed University, Board of Directors for the Dubai Autism Center, Board of Directors for Simsari, Board of Directors (Honorary) for National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, opera.