UAE Sees Spike in Female Paramedics
Behind every ambulance is a group of paramedics who work tirelessly to save lives. Such is the case in Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates. In fact, Dubai has seen a spike in female paramedics ever since they joined the Dubai Corporation of Ambulance Services in 2004. Fast-forward 14 years later, and women now make up almost a quarter of this corporation. On behalf of the UAE, Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba could not be more proud of the strides his country has taken to see that women are represented in such an essential work force.
Dubai’s 170,000 emergency incidents in 2017, 20% of which were considered life-threatening, underscores the need for many paramedics in the city.
Not only are female paramedics increasing within ambulances, but air evacuation teams are looking to recruit more women as well. This is because they believe that female first responders already play a critical role in the medical field. Another reason why air evacuation teams are trying to bring more women aboard is that most incidents these teams respond to are far away from Rashid Hospital, an institution seeking to recruit more staff.
Health and gender equality are very important matters to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba. Mr. Al Otaiba has been actively advocating for both of these areas during his time as an Ambassador to the United States. For example, the UAE Embassy partnered with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in October 2017. ACS also conducted a 24-hour walk in the UAE called “Relay for Life.” Organized by the ACS, the goal of this event was to raise funds for those who have been afflicted by cancer, as well as their family members.
The UAE Embassy hosted the International Media Diplomacy Programme (IMDP) in November 2017. One of the attendees, Mona Al Marri, spoke about her passion for reducing the gender gap in the UAE. Yousef Al Otaiba was very gratified to have had her speak at the Embassy, as were the rest of IMDP’s attendees.