The founder of Dubai’s Women’s Museum and a high-achieving leader among Arab women, Dr Rafia Ghubash was the first Emirati psychiatrist and the first Emirati woman to receive a professorship in psychiatry. She is the first female president of a regional university: Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain for eight years.
She has published books documenting UAE heritage and history, and Nabataean poetry in the UAE, including the Encyclopedia of Emirati Women and most recently the book A Woman Ahead of her Time.
Dr Ghubash has made countless contributions to intellectual and scientific conferences in the Gulf and the world. She is also a member of numerous professional associations and academic institutions in the Gulf region and around the world.