See us, Hear us

It is with a heavy heart that I share this with you today.

With the celebration of UAE national women just past, the upcoming 50th anniversary of the UAE and the frequent talks about national human rights in the media, I am unable to withhold my silence any longer.

Call it a desperate plea or an accumulation of unjust treatment – this is my story:

I am a double major Emirati woman and doctor married to an expat. I have 2 children – a 6 year old and a 3 year old. As per the rules, my children do not receive my nationality at birth, and we are still waiting for them to be allowed to receive my nationality.

I am sure I am speaking for a majority of UAE national women in the same situation when I say this makes us feel like outcasts.

Not only this, but after today’s incident at one of Sharjah’s Private Schools claiming that even if I am an Emirati woman, my son is not allowed to join regular Arabic class but instead he will be put in the Arabic for expats class.

I was in utter disbelief.

I started doubting that I was in my own country!

I am reaching out to whomever can help – please SEE US, HEAR US – give us and our children the rights we deserve.

Are UAE women married to expats any lesser?

Why are we treated differently?

I hope my words do not fall on deaf ears.


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