Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi

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Sheikha Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi
Minister of Foreign Trade
Assumed office
6 November 2004
President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime Minister Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded by Gamid bin Mahdi
Minister of Economic and Planning
In office
6 November 2000 – 3 November 2004
President Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Prime Minister Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded by Gamid bin Mahdi
Succeeded by Saeed Al Mansouri
Personal details
Born (1962-02-04) February 4, 1962 (age 54)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Nationality Emirati
Religion Islam

HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi is the Minister for Foreign Trade and was previously Minister of Economic and Planning of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She was appointed on 1 November 2004. Sheikha Lubna holds the distinction of being the first woman to hold a ministerial post in the United Arab Emirates. She is a member of the ruling family of Sharjah and the niece to His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi. 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 2015, she is listed as the 42nd 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.

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 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


  • 42nd 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


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