8 9 10 11 15 “You are a bastion of hope, an example for all Arab women to identify with. Especially those that remain shy despite their capabilities and believe glory is reserved for, and made by, men alone” … فأنت مثل يحتذى به لكل امرأة عربية مازالت خجولة تظن ان المجد …يصنعه الرجال وحدهم دون غيرهم " I must admit that as a UAE national I was pleasantly surprised and found myself overcome by an extreme sense of pride [when I heard your BBC segment]… I sincerely believe that it's by heroic and selfless acts such as your trip to the North Pole, however symbolic in nature, that we will eventually break the traditional views of women's roles in our society that have constricted women's freedom and ability to contribute in all sectors” “How did she benefit herself and her country? I will tell you how. I have a two year old daughter, that I know one day will ask me if I really believe she can accomplish anything she sets her heart and mind to. I know that I will tell her that female UAE nationals just like her, who were probably given the similar opportunities… faced similar disappointments… and given similar “cultural baggage” if you will, achieved things that were so complex in nature and diverse as reaching the north pole... She won’t relate to those experiences that much had they only been achieved by people of the other gender, of other nationalities and backgrounds. My daughter needs this, cause the most daring thing she will see me do will be flying a kite!” "My name is Haya from Liwa Oasis. I have been watching you and follow your trip to the North Pole. And I am so proud of you with your accomplishments. I see myself in you because I think I have that passion to do something big for my country also I have the enthusiasm to make a change in women in the UAE. I think all what we need is a great example, “a role model” I should say. You are my role model and I am going to make a change inshallah !!"