Amal Al Qubaisi

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Amal Al Qubaisi
أمل القبيسي
Amal Al Qubaisi.jpg
Al Qubaisi in March 2017
President of the Federal National Council
Assumed office
18 November 2015
Preceded byMohammad Al-Murr
Personal details
Born (1969-10-18) October 18, 1969 (age 49)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Alma materUniversity of the United Arab Emirates
University of Sheffield[1]
AwardsAbu Dhabi Award

Amal Al Qubaisi (born 18 October 1969) is currently the President of the Federal National Council. She is first female leader of a national assembly in the United Arab Emirates and the Arab world. Before holding the position she was the chairwomen of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.[2]

Career and Education[edit]

In 2000, Al Qubaisi earned her Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Sheffield in the UK and holds the world’s only doctoral degree on the conservation of the UAE’s architectural heritage.[3][4] She became an assistant professor of architecture at UAE University in 2000 which she held until 2006. As an architect, she has worked with UNESCO to document and preserve more than 350 historical sites in the UAE including Al Jahili and Al Hosn Forts.[5]

In 2001, she was appointed President of the cultural heritage unit of Al Ain's Tourism and Economic Development Authority. She served as president until 2003.

In 2007, she was elected to be a member of FNC for Abu Dhabi, making her the first woman elected.[3] President of the education, youth, media and culture committee. Member of health, labour and social affairs committee.

In 2011, Al Quabaisi was chosen as first deputy speaker of the FNC and became the first woman to chair a council session in 2013.[6][7] In 2014, she was appointed as chairwomen of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.[8]

On November 18, 2015, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi was appointed President of the Federal National Council[9], making her the region’s first female leader of a national assembly.[3]


  • 2008, Abu Dhabi Award[4]
  • 2008, Middle East Excellence Award of Women Leadership, for being the most prominent female for her outstanding political achievement in 2007[4]
  • 2009, Abu Dhabi Medal of Honor[4]
  • 2014, Emirati Pioneers Award, for being the first Emirati woman elected to join the Federal National Council.[4]
  • 2016, Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sheffield[10]


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  2. ^ "FNC profiles: Advocate for the nation's daughters The National". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
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  4. ^ a b c d e "The Jury –Zayed Future Energy Prize". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  5. ^ Editor, Samir Salama, Associate (2015-11-18). "First female Federal National Council speaker elected". GulfNews. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  6. ^ UAEINTERACT. "UAE Interact, United Arab Emirates information, news, photographs, maps and webcams". Archived from the original on 2016-06-23. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  7. ^ Editor, Samir Salama, Associate (2013-01-22). "Dr Amal Al Qubaisi makes history". GulfNews. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  8. ^ Reporter, By Samihah Zaman, Staff (2015-11-22). "Al Khaili to serve as acting Adec head". GulfNews. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
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  10. ^ " | University awards honorary PhD to Amal Al Qubaisi". Retrieved 2016-10-25.