Women travelers are no exception from their male counterparts in traveling, and meeting local people without social restrictions. Arab women are as eccentric about life as the women beyond the MENA region.
A country with conflict, where you will see cloak and swimming dresses or mosques alongside Irish pubs, the UAE is different in its way. We consider even sultanates like Abu Dhabi and Dubai a heaven for repatriates; the UAE is a residence for Muslims, and hence women’s liberty in the UAE are to follow Islamic Law. It observes a highly traditional culture, alongside the flash and charm of being an emigrant hub.
Women have equal constitutional rights as their male counterparts, but they remain vulnerable in some areas.
Despite all the hurdles, Arab women have lived their dreams. One such being a solo traveller, wherein a study shows that about 28% of women have travelled solo in most of the country. Out of these women, two-thirds were 40 years old, and some were still younger. Based on this research, we can know that women drive a section of the tourism industry. Most of these women use social media to book tickets, accommodations, logistics, and dining.
Most of the women follow the Triple E’s- Explore, Energize, and Empathize. Some women travelers who made it through their hard times are:
UAE-born Nadya Hasan has long been appreciated in the fashion world. She also enjoys traveling a lot and lives a life in luxury and elegance way, has explored her world as a fashion blogger, traveller, and many more to her crown, gained worldwide fame at a young age with her thirst for fashion. Thus, making her one of the world’s greatest influencers, bloggers, and fashionistas. Working initially as a fashion blogger with her blog named “The Fierce Diaries”, she has additionally crowned herself as a designer with her shoe collection.
Most often, we hear about male adventurers going trekking and taking up the physical challenges along their way. But here we find a different story of Ghida Arnaout, who is a local rock climber, that brought her to be featured in famous publications like vogue.
Although she hails from Lebanon, she was always thirsty for adventure, and now she has come a long way in representing strong Lebanese women worldwide. She underwent many challenges to be a successful rock climber.
Recently she has started an adventure travel community with her husband Rami and helping others to explore the rock-climbing world.
Raha Moharrak is the youngest Saudi Arabian woman who climbed Mount Everest. Also, she has climbed mountains like Mount Elbrus, Kala Pattar, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Vinson, Aconcagua, Pico de Orizaba, and Iztaccihuati.
Moharrak achievements made her become an ambassador for famous brands like Burberry and Tag Heuer, thus becoming the first Arab woman to act for a Swiss watch manufacturer. She joined the club of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bella Hadid, and Chris Hemsworth. She also has been sponsored by Adidas, which campaigned to aid women empowerment in the Middle East.
Founder of the blog “Travel Junkie Diary”, Michelle Karam first created the blog so that others can share their personal travel experience, inspiring encounters, and life-changing events. Later, due to the digital revolution, she changed the track to give tips on the way consumers shop for travel and also where the products can be purchased.
Although now she is a mom of 3 kids, yet she travels the world and shares her experiences, and thus turning her passion into a successful career in reality.
Haifa Beseisso is an Arab Muslim woman traveling the world. She is also a humanitarian, vlogger, Youtuber who gives life and color to each destination she visits. She brings out humanity, hopes, and dreams from people wherever she goes. That makes her bring out oneness in humans.
Although the pandemic has temporarily hit her YouTube show, she chooses her lockdown to upload more homemade videos, based on the discussion and create awareness on the various communities in that region. This transition has reached more likes as she gave her content with her routine colours, energy, and flair. Because of her wide reach, Facebook included Haifa in their latest project “SheCreates”. This is a platform for women in media and entertainment. It is creating an e-book featuring content creators, influencers, and CEOs, where they will share their experiences and how can woman rule in this world.
So many common strategies they share are that they have become famous with the social media platform Instagram, and all have contributed to their success after so much struggle as all have come from the UAE region where they consider women are born to just look after house and bear children.
They have started their journey with many difficulties and that makes them bold and beautiful ladies to be an inspiration to other UAE women who like to live their life of dreams.