Blind Emirati lawyer wins Emarat Al Youm prize

Manar Mohammed al Hammadi (Picture Courtesy: Emarat Al Youm)

A key UAE newspaper has selected a blind female Emirati lawyer as its “person of the month” for what it described as her full record of achievements.

Dubai-based Emirat Al Youm Arabic language daily said it had awarded Manar Mohammed al Hammadi, the first blind female solicitor in the UAE, the prize for May after it won all the 50 cases she had taken up.

“Manar deserved the prize given her full record of achievements,” the paper’s editor in chief Sami Al Riami said.He said Manar is working at Sharjah judicial department after obtaining a bachelor degree in law from the Sharjah university, adding that she is now seeking a masters degree.

“She is determined to pursue high studies and obtain the doctorate degree in law,” Riyami said.

In May, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAe and Ruler of Dubai, awarded Manar the “Order of the Prime Minister” for distinguished employees, according to the paper.“Manar has won all the nearly 50 civilian cases she had taken up…she says she has chosen to study law because it is the most convenient field for her as it helps her to better know the rights and duties and their significance to man.”

Emarat Al Youm introduced the unique award at the start of 2012 and said its editing board would pick the person at the end of each month.The tabloid-style paper said the prize would be confined to men and women from the UAE and other Arab countries who are residing in the emirates and that it would include a prize, shield and merit certificate.“The award would not be given to any person in a senior government position or to any one in DMI,” it said in January.

Emarat Al Youm, one of the region’s most popular Arabic language dailies, is part of the government-owned Dubai Media Inc, among the largest information groups in the region. DMI also includes Emirates 24/7, the Arabic language Al-Bayan newspapers, Dubai TV and other media