Dr. Shaikha Shamah Bint Mohammad Bin Khalid al Nahyân, is the first born daughter (7 female and 3 male siblings) of the late Shaikh Mohammad Bin Khalid al Nahyân & his cousin wife Shaikha Hamdan Bint Mohammad al Nahyân (maternal aunt to the UAE president H.H. Shaikh Khalifah bin Zayid al Nahyân).
The first female member of the al Nahyân ruling family to obtain a PhD degree in cultural politics, 2000. She has established and chairs a number of philanthropic institutions in Al Ain city, steaming from her passion for Arabic language, education and culture.
A close and trusted friend of the founder of The Zay Initiative. Both her and her mother were supportive of the reseach work on the topic of UAE dress evolution. They were instrumental in helping facilitate many connections and interviews among various UAE women and Dr. El Mutwalli to record first hand information on the tradition of dress.