H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak was born in Al Hayer in Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, where she studied the Holy Quran and its interpretation as well as the Hadith (saying of the Prophet). She was taught various subjects of literature and humanities, taking special interest in poetry, as well as studying history, politics, diplomacy, and receiving an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities and Social Studies from the University of Algeria. H.H. Sheikha Fatima is known for being a humble and generous person.
H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak was wed to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in early 1960, when he was still the Ruler’s representative in the Eastern Region; she stood by him through the most critical moments of his life, notably in the early years of the establishment of the Union, and she supported his leading attempts to modernize the country and establish its infrastructure.
Throughout her journey, H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak has accomplished monumental achievements in various fields, spreading her impact on religious, charitable, humanitarian and social dimensions; she continues to have a compelling impact on promoting women locally, as well as internationally.
H.H. Sheikha Fatima is a pioneer in humanitarian work in the United Arab Emirates; she established the first Women’s Association in 1973, followed by the General Women’s Union in 1974, and the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood in 2003, the Family Development Foundation in 2006, as well as launching a large number of initiatives that have raised women’s status socially, economically and politically.
H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak was recognized throughout her journey with around 800 medals, medallions, commemorative shields, awards and certificates of appreciation, locally, regionally and internationally, for her remarkable role in promoting charity work around the globe, and her continued efforts towards advancing Emirati and Arab women, advocating for motherhood and childhood, as well as for her pioneering stance for empowering women in politics, literacy campaigns, and the care for children, the elderly, orphans and people of determination.
Author: UAE National Library and Archives