10 March, 2009

Sheikha Lubna profiled by Huffpo

An excerpt:
I first heard about Sheikha Lubna during the Dubai Ports Crisis in February of 2006. The issue was over the sale of port management businesses in six major U.S. seaports to a company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). There was concern of whether this sale would compromise port security. I remember how American citizens became very vocal raising serious concerns about how and why the United States would do such a thing since Americans were still suffering from the sting and psychological impact of 9/11 and were also very confused and frankly racist about Arab people. While then President George W. Bush fought hard to keep the sale alive, he did not have the political capital to stop Congress from ultimately delaying the sale.

During the crisis in came IT specialist Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, then Minister of Economy. One of Forbes' 100 most powerful women, she was the first woman to be appointed cabinet Minister for the UAE in 2004, this petite woman with expressive eyes and proudly wearing her signature designer silk scarves, intimidated CNN's Wolf Blitzer during his visit to Dubai to see what he could sniff out about this controversy. Blitzer under estimated her, and he immediately discovered that the Sheikha was nothing to shake -- with quick responses, wit and perfect elocution she was a force to be reckoned with.

Read it all.


Kyle said...

Sounds more like a tribute post in the continuing series of Movers & Shakers that seem to have fallen off the Earth in these times of crisis.

Surprisingly, at the moment of this reading, there's not a single comment (published or in Q) at Huff n'Puff.

Seems like no one believes in Paper Heroes anymore!

Anonymous said...

That is quite a harsh comment. May I ask what have you done to try and make the world a better place? Are you hating on the fact that this woman is recognized for something strong and good? Look at your negativity and stop being so angry.

Kyle said...


I'm grateful for your advice.

Cheers :)

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