ABOUT NAYLA AL KHAJA
Dubbed as UAE’s first female filmmaker, Nayla Al Khaja was thrust into the limelight and garnered critical acclaim for her documentary “Unveiling Dubai” in 2005. It premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival and was launched by H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Higher Education in the UAE. She had the honor of receiving the ‘Emirates Woman of the Year’ and ‘The Youngest Entrepreneur’ of the year at the ‘Global Businesswomen & Leader’s Summit Awards’ in 2005. Being the first UAE national woman to embark on such a career, she received media attention and accolades from as far away as the Washington Post NHK and the BBC World.
Nayla graduated from Dubai Women’s College with a degree in Mass Communication in 1999 and had a stint with Arabian Radio Network where she hosted her own travel show. She later applied to Ryerson University in Canada, well known for its Film making program and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Image studies – Film. She later founded her production company ‘D-Seven motion pictures’ that same year, a full service production company specializing in the production of short films, documentaries, TV Commercials and corporate videos. The company quickly grew and added industry giants such as Mercedes, BMW, Vogue, Nike, Nivea, Gucci, Canon and LG to its growing list of clientele.
Nayla Al Khaja is a proud ambassador of Canon Middle East, a global leader in digital imaging products. She won ‘Local Artist of the Year’ by ‘Emirates Woman Magazine’ and ‘Visionary of the Year’ at the ‘Arabian Business Awards’. She was also announced among the top ‘50 most powerful personalities in Arab cinema’ and mentioned in the ‘100 most powerful Arabs under 40’ list by the ‘Arabian Business’ magazine in 2015.