The British Royal Visit to the United Arab Emirates has been received positively and achieved virality from the internet last week. In the photo that has been shared by ClarenceHouse instagram, Her Royal Highness is seen walking with her protection squad coming out from Emirates Palace Hotel and looking fierce! That’s a squad goal right there.
Here are 5 things you need to know about the all female security team.
1. The female guards are carefully selected especially for the occasion
Handpicked out of 50 members of the United Arab Emirates presidential guard and only 5 women were selected and they are:
Leader: Lieutenant Shaima al Kaabi
Members: 2nd Warrant Officer Basima al Kaabi, Corporal Hannan al Hatawi (walking behind the Duchess), First Corporal Nisreen al Hamawi and Salama al Remeithi, who is an official protocol officer from the court of the Crown Prince.
2. Their weapons are hid in a very fashionable way
Wearing a traditional dress called abayas (fully covered dress), the female squad still carry weapons. What’s good of a guard if they are unarmed, right? The weapons are actually hidden in their attire ready for action if ever called upon.
3. Highly trained in Martial Arts and even conquered the Everest
The guards are armed with intensive martial arts training and other combat skills. The three of them, Shaima, Nisreen and Hannan have even conquered Mount Everest earlier this year! When one of them were asked about it by the Duchess, she replied that it took her 16 days to trek the highest mountain.
4. This was the first time the Royal was guarded by all female guards
The visit to Middle East by the British Royals is to encourage religious tolerance and women in leadership in Abu Dhabi, Dubai. The Duchess was delighted and never had the chance to have women protecting her in any occasion before. “They are the most incredible women,” said the Duchess.
5. Not one single negative comment received on ClarenceHouse Instagram photo
Comments received on Instagram have been earnestly positive. Comments like “What I want to be when I grow up”, “Women power!!” and “So living for this!!! One pic to show the power & grace” are some of the positive vibes ruling the comment sections.
Her Royal Highness with her all-female protection team during #RoyalVisitUAE From left to right: Shaima al Kaabi, Basima al Kaabi, Hannan al Hatawi, Nisreen al Hamawi and Salama al Remeithi. Earlier this year Shaima, Nisreen and Hannan also achieved the remarkable feat of conquering Mount Everest. ©Clarence House
In this messed up world, a powerful image like this is what we really need. We need to be reminded that as women we are courageous, bold, and above all, fearless. #womenempowerment
This article is written by Nur Zalikha Razali