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Obama honours pioneering Emirati engineer


Emirati engineer Fatima Jasem Al Zaabi has been invited to dinner by US President Barack Obama who said he wished to honour her global achievements in building design.

Al Zaabi is the first person to develop a method of using Microsoft PowerPoint to create architectural designs for villas – which the company has recognized with a number of awards..

“I dedicate this achievement to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for supporting the women’s march in the state, as he provides various kinds of material and moral support to enhance women’s empowerment,” said Al Zaabi.


Abu Dhabi-based Al Zaabi added that her goal is to create a generation interested in architecture and ready to  contribute to building and construction in the UAE.

She said the programme is not directed to architects alone, as it can also be used by all those interested in construction engineering. The engineer has also authored a book titled “Learn how to design villas for the first time with Power Point”.

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