Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi

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Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi

Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi 2017.jpg
Minister of State for Tolerance
In office
16 February 2016 – 20 October 2017
PresidentKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime MinisterMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded byNahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
Minister of State for International Cooperation
In office
6 November 2004 – 15 February 2016
PresidentKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime MinisterMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byGamid bin Mahdi
Succeeded byReem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy
Minister of Economic and Planning
In office
6 November 2000 – 3 November 2004
PresidentZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Prime MinisterMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byGamid bin Mahdi
Succeeded bySaeed Al Mansouri
Personal details
Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi

(1962-02-04) 4 February 1962 (age 59)
Dubai, Trucial States
(now United Arab Emirates)
FatherSheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi
RelativesSultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi (uncle)
Lubna with Cherie Blair

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, DBE (born 4 February 1962) is an Emirati politician and member of the ruling family of Sharjah and the niece to Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi. She was previously the Minister of State for Tolerance, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Minister of Economic and Planning of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She was the first woman to hold a ministerial post in the United Arab Emirates. Lubna graduated from the California State University, Chico with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and has an Executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah. Lubna received an honorary doctorate of science from California State University, Chico. In March 2014, she was appointed President of Zayed University.[1] As of 2017, she is listed as the 36th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[2]


Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan al Qasimi returned to the UAE to work as a programmer for software company Datamation in 1981. Lubna acted as the Dubai branch manager for the General Information Authority, the organization responsible for automating the federal government of the United Arab Emirates. After this posting, she took up the position of senior manager of the Information Systems department at the Dubai Ports Authority (DPA), the largest port in the Middle East, and worked in this role for seven years.

As part of a cabinet reshuffle, the prime minister of UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced that Sheikha Lubna would take a post as a minister in the newly established Ministry of tolerance.[3]

Business career[edit]

Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi's work at the DPA led His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Ports and Customs, to award her the “Distinguished Government Employee Award” in 1999 and appoint her as Chief Executive of Tejari, the first Middle Eastern business-to-business marketplace. Lubna established the governmental organization in Dubai in June 2000 to promote e-business between organizations. Under Lubna's leadership, Tejari has won the awards for the World Summit for Information Society’s "Best e-Content Provider in e-business" (Geneva) and the UAE Super Brands Council "Super Brand of 2003".

Other organizations[edit]

Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi sits on various boards at organisations aside from responsibilities as UAE Economy and Planning Minister and Tejari CEO.

  • 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

Honours and awards[edit]

  • 36th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[2]
  • Dubai Quality Group — for Support to Leadership, Quality, and Change, 2000
  • ITP Best Personal Achievement Award, 2000
  • Datamatix IT Woman of the Year 2001
  • Business. Com Personal Contribution Award, 2001
  • Datamatix Outstanding Contribution, 2002
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky Honorary title — Kentucky Colonel, 2003
  • World Summit Award for, 2003
  • Honorary Dame Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 2013 [4]


  1. ^ "President issues Decree appointing Lubna Al Qasimi as President of Zayed University". WAM. 4 March 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi". Forbes. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ "UAE sets up ministries for HAPPINESS and TOLERANCE". euro news. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Honorary British Awards to Foreign Nationals – 2013" (PDF).[permanent dead link]

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