2 April 2019


- The conference was held under the patronage of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the Arab League, and the Ministries of Youth, Sports and Social Solidarity in Egypt


The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA) concluded its successful participation in the First International Conference of Arab Women's Sports, organized by the Egyptian Sports Sociology Association on March 28-29 in Cairo under the theme "Challenges and Opportunities".

The conference was held under the patronage of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Arab League, Egyptian Ministery of Youth and Sports, the Egyptian Ministery of Social Solidarity, the National Council for Women and Baheya Breast Cancer Foundation Egypt. The conference was attended by a large number of leading influencers and representatives of Arab sports bodies, as well as numerous experts, researchers and professors and deans of faculties, sections and institutes of physical education, from nearly 35 Arab countries.

FBMA participated in the "Arab Experiences in Women's Sports" panel, in which Ms. Mariam Al Mansoori, the representative of the Academy, showcased FBMA’s successful experience in making sport a key element in the daily lives of women in the Emirati community. This includes all age groups and physical abilities, as well as encouraging Emirati women to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle and instilling the values ​​of sports and sportsmanship within the community awareness of the UAE population.

Al Mansoori reaffirmed that this comes as a result of the support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood. The Academy was launched in 2010 as an initiative of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak and under her patronage, to create a safe and culturally appropriate environment for Emirati women to exercise.

Al Mansoori highlighted the success of the UAE in the past years in strengthening its position as a leading international sports hub, and an exceptional destination in the field of sports tourism, as well as the role of the Academy as a key player in the development of the women's global sports scene. This has been achieved by encouraging and developing women figures in sports, encouraging women's participation in various sporting events across the country, and enhancing women's representation in all sports locally and internationally.

The conference was an ideal platform to showcase FBMA’s activities locally and internationally in the field of women's sport, as well as to engage with the various participating institutions and speakers who share a common vision that seek to empower women in the Arab world in sport.

At the conference closing ceremony, Dr. Essam El Helaly, President of the Egyptian Sports Sociology Association, presented an honorary award to Mrs. Mariam Al Mansoori, FBMA’s representative, for her valuable participation in the conference, which enriched the conversation on how to enhance women's status in sports.