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'You Forgot To Invite Women': The UAE's Massive Gender Equality Awards Fail

It was supposed to recognise advances in gender equality but the ceremony turned out to be an all-men affair and social media users aren't happy.

The Dubai government tweeted pictures of ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, handing over certificates and awards for: 'Best Personality for Supporting Gender Balance', 'Best Federal Entity for Supporting Gender Balance', and 'the Best Initiative for Supporting Gender Balance'.

Twitter users were quick to point out that there was one thing missing.

Women.

Within minutes, the prestigious awards night was ripped to shreds.

Now is probably the time to note that the deputy prime minister's wife, who is also the head of the Gender Balance Council, Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was recognised for her efforts.

But she didn't receive an award.

The Dubai Media Office then tweeted an image of five women standing beside Sheikh Mohammah and the award winners, but none were identified.

IMAGE: Twitter via Dubai Media Office

Instead, the image had a pro-women caption.

"We are proud of the successes of Emirati women and their pivotal role in shaping the future of the country and the culture of gender balance has become an institutional approach to our government institutions," Sheikh Mohammed said.

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Just last year, the UAE government approved legislation to ensure women and men are paid equally.

Despite that, the World Economic Forum has ranked the country 121st out of 149 countries in terms of gender equality in education, health, and participation in politics and the economy.