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Emirati woman challenges stereotypes

Woman makes her mark as an ambulance driver with Dubai Police — traditionally a job for men

Nujood Mohammad Ahmad Al Tamimi and Marzooq Eid Al Matroushi
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Nujood Mohammad Ahmad Al Tamimi and Marzooq Eid Al Matroushi
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Dubai Breaking free from gender stereotypes is an Emirati woman employed as an ambulance driver with Dubai Police.

Nujood Mohammad Ahmad Al Tamimi is extremely proud of her job. Taking on a job traditionally held by men was not much of a concern for her, she said, shortly after winning the award.

She followed her way into the force in the footsteps of her sister, who works as a paramedic with Dubai Police. "The award is a great honour, especially to receive it from [His Highness] Shaikh Mohammad himself," Nujood said.

"I dedicate this award to Shaikh Mohammad as well as to my children."

She has just been at the job for five months now, she said.

The ambulance she drives is a special vehicle which caters to women only. It is an Ambulance for Maternity and Childhood, a service which was established in 2009, to cater to pregnancy related emergencies.

"It is important for women to drive this ambulance in order to protect the privacy of the women," she explained.

Her colleague, another Emirati, Marzooq Eid Al Matroushi, also was the recipient of the award. He has been working as an ambulance driver for 10 years, he said.

"I gain tremendous joy in helping others, especially those in pain. And that is the reason I love my job," he said.

"The biggest reward in my job is that it helps me save lives."

The head of the Dubai Ambulance Services Centre Khalifa Hassan Bin Darai said that he is proud of both the winners.

"There is a social stigma stopping women from taking up roles such as that of ambulance drivers. This should change."