Nayla Al Khaja

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Nayla Al Khaja

Emirati film director and producer

Keynote Speaker Category: Leadership & Motivation
Topics: Inspirational Women, Motivation
Languages: English


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Youth and Leadership
Middle East

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Nayla Al Khaja‘s Biography


Nayla Al Khaja is CEO of D-Seven Motion Pictures, a Dubai based production company specialising in TV commercials, branded entertainment, and narrative filmmaking.

Nayla’s accolades include being ranked amongst the Top 50 Most Powerful Personalities in Arab Cinema, and 100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40 by Arabian Business magazine. She has also been awarded Visionary of the Year Award at the Arabian Business Awards, in addition to becoming an ambassador for Canon ME.

Nayla etched herself into the region’s film industry by Producing and Directing award winning shorts such as The Neighbour (2013), Malal (2010), and Once (2009). The former two earned her the Muhr Emirati Award at Dubai International Film Festival (2010) and Best Emirati Film at Abu Dhabi Film Festival (2014).

To date, her films have participated in over 42 festivals world-wide. In 2007, Nayla’s passion for film saw her launch Dubai’s first film club: The Scene Club, and has been spearheading its growth from a mere 50 members in its first year to over 11,000 members to date. Her exploits has also earned her the Emirates Woman of the Year (2005), and The Youngest Entrepreneur of the Year from Global Businesswomen & Leader’s Summit Awards.