Ms Hamda Al Hosani is an Emirati sprinter with 17 Special Olympic medals to her name. Her latest victory was at the Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi where she won gold in the 200 metre sprint and two silver medals: one in the 100 metre and one in the 4x100m relay. Having been diagnosed with epilepsy, Al Hosani has never let the condition set her back; instead she is eager to encourage children to believe in themselves and embrace sport. Her goals are to win more medals and to challenge the misconceptions surrounding those with disabilities. She has become a figurehead for the Special Olympics movement thanks to her tenacity, commitment, and sheer talent. A natural mentor and seen by many as the face of Team UAE, Al Hosani is being groomed to coach the UAE Special Olympics athletics squad.
Middlesex University Dubai is pleased to award Ms Hamda with an honorary degree for her exemplary work in the field of sports and the role she has had in inspiring and empowering people of determination throughout the Arab world and particularly in the United Arab Emirates. Every day Al Hosani raises the profile of women in sports and also changes the perception of people with special needs within society.