Emirati doctor is first Arab woman president of the International Hospital Federation

Dr Muna Tahlak is named as new head at World Hospital Congress

Dr Muna Tahlak says Emirati women have "consistently excelled" in high-ranking posts in many professions, most notably medicine. Photo: Dubai Media Office
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Emirati Muna Tahlak has become the first Arab woman president of the International Hospital Federation.

Dr Tahlak's election is a milestone for the UAE in global health care.

Not only is she the first Arab woman to hold the position, she is also the first Emirati president of the IHF.

Her appointment was ratified during the World Hospital Congress in Lisbon.

Dr Tahlak said: “Emirati women have consistently excelled in diverse high-ranking roles across domains.

“Our nation has also consistently offered abundant opportunities to foster the progress and specialisation of Emirati women, particularly within the medical field.

“This victory highlights not only the progress that Emirati women have made but also reflects the leading position of UAE’s health sector.

“I am honoured to represent the UAE and fellow Emirati women on such an important global platform.”

Dr Tahlak already holds titles including chief medical officer of Dubai Academic Health Corporation (DAHC), vice provost clinical practice of Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and chief executive of Latifa Hospital for Women and Children.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for the entire healthcare sector in the UAE,” said Dr Amer Sharif, chief executive of DAHC.

“Emirati women have consistently excelled across domains, particularly in the medical field, making substantial contributions to the nation's growth and development.

“Dr Tahlak's leadership and dedication play a crucial role in fulfilling DAHC's mission to impact lives and shape the future of health through the integration of care, learning, discovery, and giving.”

Updated: October 28, 2023, 4:43 AM