Noon celebrates 1st Arab female football expert

Emirati female footballing talent Houriya Al-Thaheri.
Updated 11 July 2018
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Noon celebrates 1st Arab female football expert

Noon, the Middle East’s homegrown digital marketplace, is celebrating the upcoming FIFA World Cup final with Emirati female footballing talent Houriya Al-Thaheri. 

As part of its ongoing noon | women series, noon caught up with the female Emirati football coach, who recently became the first Arab female football expert in FIFA. 

“In 2007, I visited the FIFA headquarters in Zurich as a player, and took pictures near the FIFA logo,” said Al-Thaheri. “To now be a part of FIFA, is a dream come true for me.”

Now a technical director in the Women’s Football Committee, Al-Thaheri is also head coach of the UAE’s under-15 girls team, and she is set on nurturing the next generation of female Arab football stars. 

It is her passion to help the women of her country, and region, reach their greatest potential by pushing through obstacles. “One of the challenges is that there are not enough clubs for girls, especially in football,” she said. 

A true inspiration in her own right, Al-Thaheri holds a football coaching license, which is the highest degree in the Asian football confederation. She also recently authored her first book “Becoming A Legend” — named after the football academy she established in the UAE for boys and girls.

“The idea for the book was to speak about everything, not just my accomplishments, but of all of the support female footballers get from the UAE government. There are a lot of inspirational stories about all the people who have accompanied me in my career, which I wanted to tell.” 

The noon | women series has been developed to shed light on the female talent driving change across the region, by telling the stories of these unsung heroes. 


Majid Al-Futtaim gets exclusive naming rights

Khaled Al-Ajmi, country head of Majid Al-Futtaim — properties, accepted the award presented by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz.
Updated 19 min 33 sec ago
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Majid Al-Futtaim gets exclusive naming rights

Majid Al-Futtaim, a shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has been awarded exclusive naming rights of the Riyadh Metro Station located close to its upcoming mall, City Centre Ishbiliyah. The station will be called City Centre Ishbiliyah Metro Station.

Khaled Al-Ajmi, the country head of Majid Al-Futtaim — properties, accepted the award, which was presented by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, high commissioner for the development of Riyadh and chairman of the committee responsible for the Riyadh Public Transport Network, at an awards ceremony held at the Cultural Palace, Riyadh, on Nov. 14. 

“We are proud to have been awarded the naming rights to the City Centre Ishbiliyah Metro Station in partnership with the Riyadh Development Authority and Riyadh Metro and fully support their objective of creating world-class sustainable and innovative urban developments. City Centre Ishbiliyah is planned to be a LEED Gold-certified shopping mall for excellence in energy and design, which is a testament to the importance we place on sustainability in all the group’s projects,” Al-Ajmi said. 

“We would like to extend our group’s gratitude to Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz for his vision and leadership in building world-class transportation infrastructure designed to improve the lives of Riyadh’s residents. This project further reflects the partnership and collaborative efforts of the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he added.