By her own admission, Amna Banihashem is a “jack of all trades”.

A mechanical engineer by profession with a Master’s in Moral Economy and Sustainability, a businesswoman and a philanthropist, it’s safe to say Banihashem can’t be pigeon-holed.

However, what is her true passion and calling is horses. As an award-winning equestrian rider, Banihashem is one of the most decorated showjumpers in the region having ridden for both His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.

“My horses, they are my life,” she tells Emirates Woman with pride. “They are the reason why I wake up, they are the reason why I train every day and I do what I do.”

This year, to mark the seventh annual Emirati Women’s Day, Banihashem shared her inspiring words and showcased her passion for horses with Emirates Woman.

As a true advocate for women’s empowerment, Banihashem hopes to inspire women from this region and around the world to follow their passions in life.

Watch her inspiring words below.

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