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madonna23 12-10-2003 01:33 PM

Sheikha Mozah, Wife of the Emir, News and Events 1: 2003 - 2012
here's a woman who we don't here about too often but who has done so much for women in the middle east, particularly in her country of's a shame we don't hear more about this woman...she's not young, not hip to the latest fashions, but she's beautiful all the same...

Hillary Clinton, Stand Back
Qatar’s First Lady leads a modernization effort

By Carla Power

Nov. 10 issue — Texas A&M is coming to Qatar, and the Gulf emirate is welcoming the university with a Texas-size barbecue. Inside an air-conditioned tent in the capital of Doha, local cooks dish up heaps of ribs and fajitas. Cowboy boots have been flown in specially, to serve as table centerpieces. The Aggie Wranglers, an American country-dance group in tight jeans, perform athletic down-home dances for the hundreds of assembled guests, eliciting whoops from the Texan visitors and bemused applause from the Arab hosts. At ceremonies the day before, the Qatari students of the university’s new campus, more than half of them women in black abayas and higabs, belted out the school song, “The Spirit of Aggieville,” accompanied by the university’s marching band arrayed on a Texas football field and beamed in by satellite. Grown Aggies wept when two cherub-cheeked Qatari undergraduates delivered speeches, closing their Arabic address by yelling, “Howdy!”
NEARBY SAT the event’s principal architect, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the second wife of the emir, out of three. For the past eight years, she’s worked on creating Qatar’s Education City, which formally opened earlier this month and also includes branches of Cornell Medical School and Virginia Commonwealth University. She decided to fund American universities in Qatar when she noticed that her children, who attended English-speaking primary schools in Doha, were becoming “strangers” to their own Arab, Muslim culture: “One Christmas, my eldest son had to play the Christmas tree,” she told NEWSWEEK. “I felt embarrassed and humiliated.”
Will Tiny Emirates Pave the Way?

Driven, imaginative and rather daring by regional standards, Sheikha Mozah has emerged as an icon of the tiny emirate’s modernization efforts. In a region where First Ladies steer clear of public policy, Sheikha Mozah is head of the Qatar Foundation, which oversees the education and medical care of the state’s 150,000 citizens. Where other Gulf consorts tend to be invisible to the public eye, Sheikha Mozah “came out” for the first time in September, raising Qatari eyebrows by allowing herself to be photographed. Later, discussing the national and international press attention generated by the photo shoot, she came to realize that the publicity might help further her cause: “I thought, ‘They [now] know that for education, we are willing to do everything’.”
At the palace dinner to celebrate Education City’s inauguration, it was not so much the emir as Sheikha Mozha, resplendent in crimson velvet and ruby-and-diamond jewelry, whom the movers and shakers lined up to greet. The union between the gazelle-like Sheikha Mozah and the burly 53-year-old emir is not a traditional Gulf marriage. “He’s a friend, more than a husband,” observes Sheikha Mozha, who married Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani as a high-school student, a quarter century ago. Doha court watchers even quip that in the emir and Sheikha Mozha, the Qataris are getting two leaders for the price of one, just like the Americans got with Bill and Hillary Clinton. “With many other Arab First Ladies, [their work] is more about... conferences, seminars and small-scale social projects,” notes Asmaa Bekada, who produces a women’s program on the Arab satellite TV network Al-Jazeera. “Sheikha Mozha’s work is more concrete. You see the results.”
Sheikha Mozha’s high profile fits neatly into a key platform of her husband’s reform plans: women. Extending the vote to women was not simply a progressive reform, notes the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Simon Henderson, but a canny extension of his own political base. For Qatar’s women, the change from traditional roles as homemakers to career women has happened in a few years, notes Dr. Ghalia al-Thani, vice chair of Qatar’s National Committee for Human Rights. “I almost worried it was too fast.” She says Sheikha Mozha “has been an absolute inspiration for both men and women to become agents of change.”
In part, it’s because the fortysomething consort has refused to limit her work by gender, as many elite women reformers do in the conservative Gulf region. “I don’t like to frame [the Qatar Foundation’s] issues as women’s issues,” she says, wearing black slacks and pearls, her red-streaked hair uncovered in the privacy of her pale-blond-wood study. “Why are we dividing our country in terms of men and women?” That’s a pertinent question, but a risky one in a region where life is organized around the notion of two communities, divided by gender. Argues Sheikha Mozha: “If you want to solve problems in this region, you have to solve the problems of all Arabs.” Indeed, she thinks the vogue for feminism in Arab countries was “a big mistake,” since it was, like so many “isms” imported from the West, a foreign model blindly applied to Arab culture. The vogue in the 1970s and ’80s for women to abandon their own Arab and Muslim values in favor of miniskirts and an unquestioning embrace of Western trends left many feeling culturally adrift.
Though outspoken and opinionated, Sheikha Mozha delicately sidesteps commenting on American actions in Iraq. “I do not think democracy can be enforced from the outside,” she says diplomatically. Maybe not from outside, but certainly from above. She supports her husband’s decision to grant elections and a constitution to his politically quiescent nation. The emir, she says, “is clever enough to anticipate the needs of his people.” His most famous reform—the establishment of the groundbreaking Al-Jazeera network—is proof. “Arab leaders always say, ’[Democracy] should come gradually’,” she notes. “But Al-Jazeera opened our eyes. Our people are ready for democracy. Listen to their comments, their arguments, their debates on Al-Jazeera! Who can judge they are not ready?” After an hour with Sheikha Mozha, even the staunchest dictator might start seeing things her way.

i think what she's done is actually working, not something glamorous, not something that's been photographed a thousand times and seems to shout "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT HOW GOOD I AM!"...but something real that actually benefits people...

also, i have to admire her and her husband's willingness to support Al-Jazeera...unlike other middle eastern countries which greatly limit the press, qatar has allowed Al-Jazeera unprecendented freedoms...

yazz 12-10-2003 03:12 PM

I've ever see her at UNO. She's not young but really beautiful. She hold a lot of activities and Qatar is a good example of gradual democratisation in ME.

Asma2 12-17-2003 05:46 PM

Emir’s Wife Seen as Inspiration

The emir's wife, Sheika Mozah, serves as a role model for women's independence in Qatar. The opening of the Cornell Medical Center and other American college campuses here are largely a result of her vision. These university campuses have stretched the existing norms of education, introducing new programs and coeducational campuses that challenge Qatar's traditional university system to keep pace.

And, when you ask young women about her, their eyes light up.

"Her Highness Sheika Mozah has done lots of things for us, especially for the Qatari women, Qatari girls, especially in the educational field," says al-Saiddiki.

In fact, three times as many women as men are matriculated in programs of higher education in Qatar. Reforms are palpable in the curriculum of the University of Qatar and in the coeducational systems of the new campuses recently introduced. The Qatari people are torn between trying to preserve the traditional culture, and, with the influence of the emir and his wife, adopting a more progressive approach to education and to life.

Moza al-Malki, a professor of psychology at the University of Qatar, is a protégée of the emir's wife and a pioneer in the roles she assumes as a Qatari woman. Al-Malki was among the first women to run in a municipal election, to drive by herself, and to take off the abaya. She challenges her students not to cover their faces in her classroom.
As for the separation of women and men, al-Malki says: "[It is] not in the Koran, not out of religion, just culture. They just think that women should be, not everybody, but some people think that women should be at home, or work certain places where there is no mixing with men."

Layla 03-02-2004 04:47 AM

Recent pic of Sheikha Moza with Queen Rania
She looks much better than the pic.

Here's another ...
The commencement adress to the College of Architecture and College of Engineering graduates

At the signing of the Qatar Foundation with Shell.

Texas A&M graduates

Sheikha Mozah stresses the role of arts in society

Ann Kerr (left) presents a copy of her book to Sheikha Mozah while Ron Olson, chair of the RAND Board of trustees looks on

HH Sheikha Mozah Nasser al-Misnad at the inauguration ceremony of Texas A&M University

I don't know much about the Sheikha's life before marriage but know for a fact that it is her hsuband who is bringing her out in the limelight to urge other Qatari women to do so as well.

Sheikha Mozah

Noelle 03-02-2004 06:19 AM

what a stunning and beautiful lady.
I'm really impressed. :blush: why we have not seen her pictures before?
My regards to all people here...

almahboubah 03-28-2004 03:26 PM

What a beautiful woman. So humble in the way she dresses and acts.

madonna23 03-28-2004 09:50 PM

i agree...she comes across as very humble and modest and yet, at the same time, you can tell that she is a "strong", confident woman. that's really a great combination...

does anyone know anything about her background? what she did before she became sheika? i'm sure she came from a upper-class family that was close with the sheik but i'd like to know if she worked before her marriage and, if so, what she did.

mariam 03-29-2004 02:13 PM

she is the most beautiful royal women

madonna23 03-29-2004 02:15 PM


I don't know much about the Sheikha's life before marriage but know for a fact that it is her hsuband who is bringing her out in the limelight to urge other Qatari women to do so as well.
i saw that on the 60 minutes episode as well...her husband doesn't seem to mind at all that the sheika is taking such a prominent fact, i think he really likes it...

how old do you think she is? early 40s?

Layla 03-29-2004 02:18 PM

No idea but she has a 20 year old who is the crown prince. She must be in her 40's I guess.

As to her husband, he is the one encouraging her to "come out".

Splodger 03-29-2004 05:08 PM

Just for some random info:

Princess Mozah is sometimes referd to in jest as Princess Banana because her name is very similar to Mooz (Mooza = feminine) menaing Banana! I thought it was fantastic but you have to be very carefull whom you say that to in Qatar...

Layla 04-01-2004 06:45 AM

Sheikha Mozah and Unesco Director-General Koichiro Matsuura signing the MoU in Paris

Another pic of Sheikha Mozah.

Balqis, I agree with your comment. I personally admire the Sheikha for her social efforts in the improvement of education and the status of women. I think she has charisma and really could not care whether she looked like a barbie doll or something out of a horror movie. However, she happens to be a very attractive women and definitely nothing close to a "drag queen".

QueenB 08-01-2004 01:15 AM

I saw somewhere that she was born in 1958. She was very young when she met the Emir.
It's true in the 60 minutes interview, the Emir was really laid back and listened quietly and respectfully as she spoke. She's very articulate - expressing herself in a very bold but diplomatic way - especially in controversial matters. :flower:
I love when when articles that refer to the improvements and changes in Qatar credit positive accomplishments as 'the Emir and Sheikha's vision'..
I wonder if there will ever be a ruling Emira... if Tamim may name his own wife his wife and partner or if she will be in the background like the Emir's other wives.

Monalisa 01-10-2005 08:23 AM

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Sheika muza al-musned 2nd wife of ruler of qatar sheik hamad-altani at the wedding of her son the crown prince of Qatar ,even not the oldest son of hamad ,but the son of his preferd and powerfull wife "Muzah"!!!

samira 01-10-2005 10:16 AM

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Her beautiful son Sheikh Jassim. :)

kinneret5764 01-10-2005 01:22 PM

How many of the Emir's children were borne by Sheikha Moza?

La la 01-10-2005 01:55 PM

I read sheikh Hamad has 7 children by each wife.

La la 01-10-2005 02:03 PM

Sheikh Tamim with his brother Qaqa

Guess Who 01-10-2005 03:40 PM

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This is th ebest picture of Sheikha Mouza.Taken from forum
Pictures of Sheikha Mouza

Guess Who 01-10-2005 03:48 PM

Sheikha Mouza's sons
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Sheikha Mouza's sons.The one on the right is the current crown prince

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