Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Biography

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan is a progressive, educated and entrepreneurial member of the Royal family of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikha Shamma is passionate about the sustainable development of the UAE and its people, sharing the vision established by her beloved great-grandfather and the UAE’s founding ruler, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Her particular areas of community interest are in education, culture and the empowerment of women and youth, areas in which she hopes to lead, inspire and support various initiatives.

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Royal Publishing House

Inspiring creativity

Al Asayl Show Jumping

Supporting a Timeless Artform

"Wanna Read?"

Promoting healing through reading

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Initiatives

MorEquity

Established in 2016, MorEquity (formerly Women’s Empowerment and Equality board) has served as an enabling platform, driving community projects and bringing Emirati and residents of the UAE together.

“Wanna Read?”

Established in 2013, this non-profit organisation creates warm, friendly and stimulating environments in hospitals across the UAE, to help children through their healing and rehabilitation process.

Al Asayl Show Jumping

Al Asayl Show Jumping is a professional show jumping team based in Abu Dhabi. Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan has combined a lifelong love of horses with a passion for competitive show jumping.

I wish to provide a few moments of joy for children and their families through this initiative. Seeing children come in and explore has encouraged me to create additional "Wanna Read?" children's rooms in other hospitals. The "Wanna Read?" programme is supported by a community of volunteers and donors and we are grateful for all their help.

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Mentoring is an essential part of life. At some point, we are all mentoring or being mentored.

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
Patron in 2011 Big Sister/Little Sisters programme launched by Women's Excellence Group and the Abu Dhabi International Centre for Organisational Excellence.

En tant que jeune Emiratie, ma capacité à m’exprimer, lire et écrire en français m’a ouvert les portes du monde francophone, de l’art, de la musique, de la littérature et même des sports. Je suis convaincue que la compréhension de cette culture me permet de construire des ponts et de faciliter les échanges entre les Emiratis et la culture française.

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
Opening speech at the Round table meeting in Abu Dhabi 2008

As a young Emirati, my ability to speak, read and write in French opened the doors of the French-speaking world, art, music, literature and even sports. I believe that understanding this culture allows me to build bridges and facilitate exchanges between Emiratis and French culture.

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
Opening speech at the Round table meeting in Abu Dhabi 2008

The future lies in the hands of those who want to make a positive difference.

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

The Adventures of Maxima and Coustaud – The Lost Princess

Sheikha Shamma’s Creative Flair

Further to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Sheikha Shamma has also demonstrated her creative flair as a children’s author, releasing her first book, The Adventures of Maxima and Coustaud – The Lost Princess.