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CONNECTOR.AE 64 CONNECTOR.AE 65 Lifestyle Lifestyle Talking about her company and work, Reem adds, “For the first time, we have innovated the ‘First Floating Eco-Friendly Marine Club that Operates on Renewable and Sustainable Energy’. This project will be implemented by a team of the most skilled engineers and consultants from leading global architectural firms specialised in the construction of floating structures. We believe that this project will contribute to attracting more tourists and investors to the United Arab Emirates.” Reem’s Latest Work Reem is unstoppable! She has also formed the first Emirati Women’s Adventure Team. “Motivated by my inspiring experience, I decided to form the first Emirati Women’s Adventure Team to coincide with the COP 28 summit. This team aims to consolidate the sustainability of sports and tourism development, and to emphasise the importance of sports in general for Arab and Emirati women. It also aims to support women’s empowerment in the sustainable development strategy.” Message For Female Entrepreneurs Reem’s journey serves as a source of inspiration for countless girls, and has a special message for every female entrepreneur out there. I faced a lot of pain and suffering. But I never thought about giving up. I continued my journey towards achieving my goals. I received great support from my family and friends. They were like a beacon of hope that lit my way and strengthened my faith in my ability to succeed.” Reem Al Hassani’s Unstoppable Journey to Success Following her Olympic success and numerous achievements, Reem ventured into the business world as an Emirati entrepreneur. Reem now owns a marine club, with a dedicated body of water in North Yas assigned to her groundbreaking company. Additionally, she established MR Marine Sports, a major company in the UAE specialising in Olympic boat manufacturing, marine sports equipment, and sports facility management. “Being the first Emirati woman to manufacture Olympic boats and the Chairwoman of MR Sports, I firmly believe that innovative, unique and environmentally friendly ideas are the key to success in the global market. This vision aligns with the directives of our wise leadership, who provide us with great attention and care, and in light of the launch of the unified industrial identity of the UAE under the slogan “Made in the Emirates” and the national tourism strategy until 2031.Therefore, we at MR Sports strive to provide everything that is innovative, new and environmentally friendly.” “My family is my main supporter after God, especially my mother. Therefore, I owe my gratitude to God first, then to my family, especially my father, because he taught me many things. He taught me to challenge myself and that nothing comes easy. I have to challenge myself once, twice, and three times. He also taught me to believe in God and that education is what will benefit me and lead me to what I want.” Challenges In her professional life, Reem was doing well, but health-wise, she faced challenges in 2016 and 2017. Diagnosed with Optic Neuritis in 2016, a condition causing temporary blindness, she underwent treatment. As she was recovering, she was diagnosed with pneumonia in 2017. Despite these setbacks, Reem didn’t let anything hinder her passion for rowing. Recalling that time, Reem adds, “The news was like a thunderbolt that shook my being and made me think deeply about the meaning of life. But instead of giving in to fear and despair, I decided to face the disease with all the courage and determination I could muster. The road was not easy, and