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  Dr. Maryam Matar
  Director General Community Development Authority
Dr. Maryam Matar is Director General of the Community Development Authority (CDA), a newly launched Dubai government authority that takes responsibility for setting up and developing frameworks for social development in accordance with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 as declared by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on February 3, 2007.

Before joining CDA, Dr. Matar became the first Emirati woman to assume the responsibilities of Under Secretary of the Ministry of Health where she led and supervised a number of initiatives designed to make Primary Health Care (PHC) programs available to the biggest share of population in the Northern Emirates, taking the number of overall PHC facilities in the UAE from 52 to 97. In 2005, she was the leader of the executive team dedicated to research key social development issues as described in the ‘Dubai Strategic Plan (2008-2015)'.

A humanitarian by nature, Dr. Matar realized early on in her life through her friendships with her patients that she could make changes in society to help change the lives of people for the better. As such, she is the Founder and Executive Director of two non-government and non-profit organizations - the UAE Down's Syndrome Association and the UAE Genetic Diseases Association involving families from 17 different nationalities.

In addition to this, she has initiated many national community outreach programmes such as ‘UAE Free of Thalassemia by 2012', and the ‘Wellness Centre'.

Dr. Matar has been honored with a government award every year from 1990-2006 for her outstanding performance and contribution to the UAE society, including the Sheikh Rashid Award for ‘Academic Excellence' (1999), ‘Best Healthcare Project' across all Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE in 2002, ‘Best Community Project' of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development (2004), the ‘Dubai Quality Award' for Best Employee in Dubai health Authority (2003) and the Emirates Business Women Award for ‘Professional Excellence' (2004).

A certified family physician, Dr. Matar graduated from the Dubai Medical College in 1999 as top of her class and later on specialized in Community Medicine which is based on in-depth involvement of the practionner with the patient's social, financial and psychological issues in addition to the health related diagnosis and treatment. As one of the renowned achievers of her generation, Dr. Matar completed successfully the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development in 2005.
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