7 Princesses

This Monday the 9th of March, I was part of the “7 Princesses” exhibition under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. Words cannot expressed how honored I am to be a part of this beautiful project that was a collaboration between the world renowned photographer Steve McCurry and The Empty Quarter gallery in DIFC, Dubai.

The Empty Quarter gallery managed by partners Sebastian Ebbinghaus and Safa Al Hamed, is a fine art gallery that is exclusively devoted to photography pieces from around the world. The Empty Quarter collaborated with Steve McCurry, known for his “Afghan Girl” which appeared in the cover of National Geographic magazine.

November 2014, I was contacted by Safa Al Hamed asking me to be a part of the 7 Princesses Project. I was humbled by the offer and I just couldn’t refuse!! The Emirati women that were photographed are inspirational women in the Emirati society, that have an impact in empowering arab women. “Each photograph a reflection of the crucial roles of the contemporary, vibrant and dynamic Emirati woman” – Dubai Pr Network “The objective behind 7 Princesses is to actively build bridges between the UAE and international cultures presenting a unique and avant-garde point of view regarding the role of Emirati women within the society and their international influences.”

I started my fitness journey in Crossfit in early 2013, and never imagined that I would be where I am today. Inspiring women by doing something as simple as posting a video of my workout on Instagram, my scores, my failures or progress. When I took the job of part time coaching at Altitude The Box, I didn’t know if coaching was for me, they say it isn’t necessary that a good athlete is a good coach and vice versa. I found myself taking charge, having a big voice, being loud, firm and considerate at the same time. When I started Crossfit, I just wanted to pursue being an athlete, never have I ever imagined that would change, I want to be more than just an athlete, I want to teach women more than squats, I want to teach them strength, struggle, discipline,will power, independence and humility. We all start somewhere, and we were all once lost, but once you find a community that you fit in, you share the same struggle, the same discipline, the same successes you feel at home wherever you go. I have found my place in this society and feel greatly rewarded by all my followers showing me continuous support and love. All of you motivate me to reach my goals, day in and day out! God bless you all!

More information about the 7 Princesses:

The 7 Princesses exhibition will open to the public from 10 March to 13 March, at Fairmont The Palm, followed by public gallery opening from 16 March to 16 April, at The Empty Quarter in DIFC.

To all my followers that are planning on seeing the exhibition, please take a picture of my photograph and Instagram it with the hashtags #uaefitnessmovement #empoweringwomen and #7princesses and tag my Instagram account please too @kikiforcrossfit

Much love,

Shaikha