Al Ain women engineers set up Affinity Group

AL AIN - The UAE national women are gaining ground every day in the economic, social, academic and decision-making fields as well as proving their competence as a labour force.

By Sadiq A. Salam (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Wed 8 Oct 2003, 12:33 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:31 PM

A group of UAE women engineers women in Al Ain, headed by Engineer Maryam Al Thani, have shouldered the responsibility of setting up the first of its kind in Middle East, Women Affinity Group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Engineer Fatima Al Dahiri, Member of the Founding Committee told Khaleej Times.

"Dr Eesa Bastaki, of UAE University and Chairman of IEEE in UAE, was the driving force behind this group and he spared no efforts to help and encourage us to bring this idea to the light," she said. The IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 380,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics.

The group was aimed at "bringing the UAE national women engineers into one body and to raise profile of working women, particularly engineers, among the different segments of our conservative society," she added. The association will also work to update all its members on the international researches, studies and publications.

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