Emirati women have shattered stereotypes and are making significant strides in various sectors traditionally dominated by men, contributing to both the nation’s economic growth and their family’s well-being.
Lubna Malik Mohammad Malik Qassem, a mechanical engineering graduate, is a trailblazer in her role as the first female graduate trainee in operation potline at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), a leading global aluminum producer.
In her capacity as an operational engineer, Lubna is tasked with overseeing and supervising the continuous operations of systems, processes, and facilities. Her responsibilities include ensuring efficiency, resolving issues, managing teams, upholding safety protocols, and implementing changes to enhance operational effectiveness.
Lubna’s dedication and commitment to her career are evident as she seamlessly combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience, often working demanding 12-hour night shifts from 7 pm to 7 am.
She has embraced the challenges that come with her role, even mastering the operation of a crane, a domain traditionally occupied by men. Lubna’s perseverance and commitment to safety are reflected in her approach to operating the crane, emphasizing precision, attention to detail, and adherence to safety regulations.
Operating a crane involves potential hazards, making it imperative for operators to prioritize safety precautions to protect themselves and others. Lubna acknowledges the challenges, especially during extreme weather conditions, emphasizing the importance of staying hydrated and cool to prevent accidents.
Stepping into a male-dominated and physically demanding profession drew mixed reactions from Lubna’s friends and family. Initially concerned, they ultimately became staunch supporters of her path, reinforcing her determination.
Outside of her professional life, Lubna enjoys activities such as going to the gym, cooking, playing chess, and assisting her sisters with their math and physics homework. Her knowledge and skills have even earned her a reputation as a helpful resource among her sisters’ friends.
Lubna is driven by the desire to inspire other women to pursue careers in male-dominated fields. She believes that women, as fully empowered members of society, have the potential to excel in any industry. Lubna anticipates that more Emirati women will join her in the industrial sector, holding key positions and driving innovation.
As a role model, Lubna aspires to empower and motivate women in the UAE, encouraging them to break barriers and excel in industries they may not have considered before. Her achievements serve as a testament to the capabilities of women and inspire others to follow in her footsteps.