Dr. Rafia Ghubash

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Dr. Rafia Ghubash is the first qualified psychiatrist in the UAE.

She conducted pioneering epidemiological research on the socio-cultural risk factors for psychiatric disorders in the UAE community and attained the PhD at the University of London. She has conducted numerous other studies in applied mental health research and has published 45 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

She served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at UAE University from 1992-2000 and became the first woman president of the Arabian Gulf University from 2001-2009.

Dr. Ghubash has branched herself out in varied roles which include founding the Woman’s Museum in Dubai to honour the role that women have played in the history of the UAE.