Spiegel interview with Sheikha Lubna
An excerpt of an interview with Sheikha Lubna al- Qasimi niece of the ruler of Sharjah and economics minister of the United Arab Emirates since 2004:
SPIEGEL: What has the boom in the Gulf meant for the Arab world so far?Read it all here.
Lubna: Women as economics ministers for example! I'm not here for decoration. I stand for something -- for growth, for a solid market economy, that things are done properly. That's what we've given the region: know-how.
SPIEGEL: And women benefit more from that than men?
Lubna: They will at least be judged according to their ability and not their gender. Our leadership has a very relaxed, very self-confident attitude toward women.
SPIEGEL: "Change yourself or you'll be changed," Sheikh Mohammed from Dubai warned the Arab world. What did he mean by that?
Lubna: He wanted to call for leadership in the age of globalization -- take risks, be an example, have an influence with the younger generation. Whoever doesn't do that will wash away progress like a tsunami. For example, I came to Sheikh Mohammed's attention because I managed our ports and an Internet platform well. When I was made minister he called me and said: "Congratulations, I have more work for you."