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My mother was also a significant influence on me, as

I developed from her a love for learning and teaching

through her career as a school teacher. Today, I am

a lecturer at the Emirates Institute for Banking and

Financial Studies (EIBFS) where I combine my passion

for banking and teaching,” said Al Tenaiji.

She considers her university years to be the best years

of her life. After graduation, she got the master’s degree

in finance from Zayed University.

“One of the biggest challenges I endured was finding

time to balance studying for my master’s degree while

working at National Bank of Abu Dhabi. In my opinion,

nowadays, women and men are equally recognized in

all industries. Women have been proving themselves

day by day by working alongside men towards the

organisational goal. There are many examples of UAE

women leaders who have proved that being a woman is

not an obstacle to success,” said Al Tenaiji.

The Emirati identity, she said, is founded on the UAE

culture that has been “embedded in us for generations.

I believe the Emirati identity has always been present.

The UAE has a rich culture and a strong heritage with

Emirati values embedded in all Emirati households”.

“Emiratis have set milestones in a variety of sectors

and are continuously looking for bigger and better

opportunities for the UAE. I believe that female Emirati

identity is not necessarily different; nowadays, women

and men in UAE society are more or less equal. Following

the union of the emirates in 1971, the Constitution

granted equal rights for men and women.”

And no matter how globalized the UAE becomes, it will

continue to keep its traditions intact, which is a reflection

of the love of Emiratis for their country, said Al Tenaiji.

On the qualities that define Emiratis, she said, “I believe

loyalty is the most fundamental value [of being an

Emirati]. This country has given its citizens a plethora

of opportunities and has done an impeccable job in

developing economy and quality of life. Loyalty to our

40 February 2017 BANKING & FINANCE U.A.E

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