Amna Al Haddad
Sports Pioneer from the Middle East


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Amna is a highly sought after speaker for events, especially after her first big event at TedxAjman “Emotional Salad” in 2011. Through her experience as a inspirational speaker, she takes pride in her involvement in the community through participation in events on sports, women leadership, journalism, health in the UAE, and woman empowerment in the Arab World. She also has taken part of a number of school projects and served as a case study to help university students in their research and media projects.


85Broads annual Global Network Forum, May 6, 2013Panel Discussion – theme “Career Optimizers”: Discussed the challenges of being an Emirati Weightlifter, what keeps me going and search for support and sponsors.

International Women Day - Accenture Middle East, April 17, 2013
Panel Discussion: Discussion based on defining success, women leadership, and sport challenges.

Annual Sports Award – Sharjah Women’s college, May 31, 2012
Presentation: Talked about my experience being the first Emirati to participate in Reebok Crossfit Asia Regionals.

Women in Sports – annual health week by Dubai Women’s college, Feb 19, 2012
Panel discussion: Talked about the benefits of sports on well-being.

Arab Women Sports Tournament, Sharjah Expo Center, Feb 7, 2012
Panel discussion: Discussed the challenges of weightlifting as a sport and challenges of working in the media.

“Express yourself” workshop
– American Academy in Al Mizhar, jan 29, 2012
Talked to high school students about being an Emirati journalist and an athlete while holding on to culture and religion.

AIESEC – UAE Lead, Youth Leadership Congress
, NAJAH in ADNEC, oct 18-20, 2011
Speaker: Spoke about women empowerment in sports and work-life balance on Day 2.

TedX Ajman – an independent organized TED event, april 2011
Gave a speech on the importance of health, my journey into a healthy lifestyle and my passion about weightlifting



News Article – Examining how the London 2012 Olympics have or haven’t  influenced the lives of Muslim women by Anna Farley from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.
Participated as a case study.

Research - Women Leadership in UAE: An overview of women status during the last ten years by Fatma Sajwani, student from the American University of Sharjah, March 2013.
Participated in the research as a case study as an Emirati athlete.

News ArticleAmna Al Haddad: The first female weightlifter in the UAE in Zajel from Zayed University’s College of Communication and Media Sciences, March 2013.
Participated as part of students two projects, a short 2-minute documentary and feature article on athletic career.

Video Production – Intaj TV Show, from Abu Dhabi Media Company, Jan 2012.
Participated as a guest speaker to help interns learn their video production and interview skills among other UAE athletes on what challenges UAE female athletes face.

News ArticleInterview: Amna Al Haddad, an inspiration for a generation by Pamella De Leon from Murdoch University, December 2011.
Participated as part of her production and feature on my journey as an athlete and on UAE’s health. The project was viewed locally and abroad, in Australia.

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    Welcome to 999 Fitness

    Amna Al Haddad is a sports pioneer and female sport advocate from the Middle East. The first Emirati Hijabi Olympic Weightlifter, Nike Sponsored Athlete, and Arab Crossfitter competed in Asia Regionals. Holder of 9 IWF event medals. Motivational Speaker and Writer. Follow her journey here!

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    It was just like any typical day, sitting with my family with the TV on a UAE channel, that a petite, hijab-wearing young Emirati girl came on. She was pushing and pulling herself over and under obstacles and lifting weights. It was a local competition in Dubai that she was competing in alongside a big group of foreigners. I was determined to find out what this young Emirati girl was doing and to join in on the fun! After a little online investigation…that’s when I first knew who Amna Al-Haddad was and discovered the sport that has taken over my life, CrossFit.

    1st Kuwaiti Asia Regional competitor 2013

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