Female car repair shop owner blazes a trail in UAE: Huda al-Matroushi is among couple of Emirati women to venture into the vehicle repair business, a sector that has long been dominated by guys in the Arab world.
” I enjoy it a whole lot,” claims Matroushi, standing up her oil-stained work handwear cover. “Because I’m on top of my work, and also it’s my business, I belong to it: I feel proud of myself.”
Automobiles have actually been a leisure activity for Matroushi, 36, given that youth.
” I such as cars and trucks and their versions as well as their details. I like cars, I such as elegant cars, also typical non-luxurious cars and trucks, I love them all.”
She turned that passion into a career and also now owns and takes care of a vehicle repair shop in Sharjah, among the seven emirates that compose the United Arab Emirates.
Matroushi’s household had doubts concerning her going after a job in car mechanics, yet she asked her father to take a leap of faith with her.
” I stated: ‘Father, please believe me and you will certainly see what I will certainly do.’ He claimed: ‘OK, OK!’. A lot of my household marvel due to the fact that this project, this business, it’s not easy for ladies,” she said.
Matroushi’s male staff member, Mohammed Halawani, said it was at first strange to see a lady in charge of the garage.
” However after I joined and we began working and also she would certainly tell me: dismantle this, put together that, [it was clear] that she has experience.”
Matroushi wishes she can change her single garage right into a big repair work center, or open extra garages throughout the UAE.
Under brand-new legislation that came into result last month, the UAE specifies that UAE-based firms must contend the very least one female on their board of directors.