Alia Al Neyadi

The first Emirati ballerina

What I do

I work at the Department of Tourism and Culture – Abu Dhabi, where I curate dance and classical music programmes. Once I graduated from Zayed University, I knew I wanted to help shape the performing arts scene in the UAE.

My milestone moment

It was definitely when I participated at the age of 15 at an international arts festival including 140 countries in Ukraine where I came third, with the support of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. People were astonished that the UAE had a ballet troupe let alone a good one to come third out of 140 countries!

Up next

I have many plans ahead but I want to shock everyone with what I’m doing, so I like to keep people waiting! I always like to change gears and make noise with the talent that is inside me.